The Arizona Diamondbacks held the NL West lead in late July, but they're on the verge of falling out of the playoff race altogether as they begin a seven-game road trip Friday night against the Colorado Rockies .
Arizona led the last-place Los Angeles Dodgers by 9 1/2 games before play June 22 and held a one-half game edge July 21 before relinquishing the lead for good.
It was unable to hold off surging Los Angeles, which clinched the division by beating the Diamondbacks 7-6 on Thursday.
Martin Prado drove in two runs for Arizona (77-75), which trails Cincinnati by 9 1/2 games for the NL's second wild-card spot with 10 to play.
"You just take it in and reflect on some things," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We still have to play hard the rest of the way out. It is disappointing."
The Diamondbacks have lost four of their six road meetings with the Rockies this season, but they took two of three at home from Colorado last weekend.
Paul Goldschmidt , batting .514 with three homers and 12 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak, went 4 for 4 with five RBIs in Sunday's 8-2 victory in the series finale. Randall Delgado picked up his first win since beating Boston on Aug. 2 after allowing two runs in six innings.
Delgado (5-6, 3.98 ERA), who went 0-3 with a 5.31 ERA in his previous seven outings, has allowed 14 home runs over his last nine starts, though, after giving up a two-run shot to pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson on Sunday.
The right-hander will face the Rockies again Friday.
"It's unusual that the only runs he gives up are on home runs," Gibson said. "But as he gets more matured and more experience, you'll see that go down. He's thrown very well for us overall this year, and he has a very good future for us."
In a rematch of Sunday's pitching matchup, Delgado will oppose Jhoulys Chacin , who had his shortest outing of the season in that contest.
Chacin (13-9, 3.22) gave up six runs - four earned - in four innings in the loss after going 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA while pitching seven innings in each of his previous four starts.
"I just wasn't throwing strikes," Chacin said. "I was pitching up, overthrowing my pitches. I didn't make my pitches at any point in the game."
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three starts versus Arizona this season, and he'll look to get back on track against a Diamondbacks team that has won five of the last six meetings with Colorado.
The Rockies (70-84) will be trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 28 and 30 after Thursday's 7-6, 15-inning victory over St. Louis to earn a split of their four-game series with the NL Central leaders.
Corey Dickerson went 3 for 7 and drove in DJ LeMahieu with a triple in the bottom of the final inning for his second RBI of the contest. Dickerson went 2 for 16 over his previous five games.
The Rockies will look to slow Goldschmidt, who is 11 for 21 with two homers and 10 RBIs in his last six against Colorado.
|September 07, 2013||Martin Prado||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|August 24, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Dislocated right pinky finger|
|August 24, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Dislocated right pinky finger|
|August 12, 2013||Cody Ross||60-Day DL||Dislocated right hip|
|August 11, 2013||Cody Ross||Day-to-Day||Dislocated right hip|
|August 10, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Hip and knee injuries|
|September 17, 2013||Wilin Rosario||Day-to-Day||Left game - right calf soreness|
|September 16, 2013||Nolan Arenado||Day-to-Day||Left game - undisclosed injury|
|September 04, 2013||Nolan Arenado||Day-to-Day||Right thumb contusion|
|August 26, 2013||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Bruised left knee|
|August 25, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Sore ribs|
|August 23, 2013||Rafael Betancourt||15-Day DL||Right elbow sprain|
DENVER (AP) -- Jhoulys Chacin wasn't sharp on the mound. He was stellar at the plate.
Chacin tossed six shaky innings and helped himself with his first career home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Friday night.
Troy Tulowitzki , Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson also went deep for the Rockies, who won a day after outlasting St. Louis in a 15-inning marathon in their longest game of the season.
Paul Goldschmidt hit his NL-leading 35th homer and drove in two runs and A.J. Pollock homered for Arizona.
During the game, The Denver Post reported that Colorado owner Dick Monfort wants to bring manager Walt Weiss back for next year. The Post said Monfort is pleased with the job Weiss has done in his first year despite the fact that the Rockies will finish with a losing record for the third straight season.
Weiss, who signed a one-year deal last November, said after the game nothing has been finalized.
"I haven't signed any extension," he said. "I'd love to come back, but there will be time for that."
The Diamondbacks were playing a day after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the NL West in Phoenix and then celebrated by jumping into the Chase Field pool. Some players were upset by the move, but Goldschmidt wasn't bothered.
"I can't speak for anyone else, but I didn't care. It's just my opinion," he said before Friday's game. "I'm not saying the other guys who spoke out against it are wrong, for me they can do whatever they want. They won."
Outfielder Adam Eaton said some of the players weren't happy about the Dodgers celebration but pointed out they could have prevented it.
"We weren't all thrilled with it. We had a chance to win, we had a chance to send them on their way and we didn't do that so it's our own fault for letting it happen," he said.
The Rockies couldn't do much against starter Randall Delgado . The right-hander allowed three hits and two walks before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth.
His only mistake was Chacin's two-run homer in the third that tied the game 2-all.
"I feel I hit it good and I saw the outfielder running," Chacin said. "I was happy to tie the game and give the team a chance to win later."
Chacin had the home run ball, which bounced back onto the field, in his locker.
"It was a mistake. I never pitched here before but I heard from everybody to be careful with the curveball," Delgado said. "I made a mistake and I paid for it. I never thought it was going to be the pitcher."
The score stayed tied until Blackmon greeted reliever Tony Sipp (3-2) with his fifth home run to lead off the sixth. Josh Rutledge singled and Dickerson hit a ball off the facing of the second deck to make it 5-2. It was Dickerson's fourth home run.
J.J. Putz relieved Sipp and gave up a two-out RBI single to Charlie Culberson to make it 6-2.
"They didn't miss today," Arizona catcher Wil Nieves said. "They made us pay. They hit the ball pretty good when we made those mistakes."
Goldschmidt homered off Mitchell Boggs in the seventh to make it 6-3.
Tulowitzki answered with his 24th of the year, a two-run shot to center to give Colorado an 8-3 lead.
"Three home runs from the relievers," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The relievers weren't very effective at all tonight."
Arizona showed it was over the pool party right away. Eaton led off the game with a triple and scored on Pollock's eighth home run to make it 2-0.
Chacin (14-9) worked out of trouble all game in part because of five walks. He only allowed two runs and was able to pitch his way out of jams to earn his first win in three weeks.
"I couldn't control my sinker and my slider. I wasn't throwing them for a strike, I was getting behind in the count and had runners every inning," Chacin said. "I was happy I was able to find a way to get out of the innings."
He loaded the bases in the sixth with two walks but got pinch-hitter Willie Bloomquist to line out to end the inning.
"That was a huge inning there," Weiss said.
NOTES: Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... The last Colorado pitcher to homer was Alex White on Sept. 16, 2012, at San Diego. ... Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (left wrist, forearm) was not in the lineup and unavailable to hit Friday. ... Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa (left thumb) will not make his scheduled start Saturday. ... Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill (7-10) will face Colorado RHP Collin McHugh (0-2) on Saturday night.