Dbacks use 3 homers in 6th to rally past Rockies
AP Sports Writer
DENVER — Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered during a four-run sixth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-6 victory over the reeling Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Over the course of 13 pitches, Arizona went from trailing 6-3 to leading 7-6. Lamb started the comeback with a solo shot off reliever Jake McGee. Ahmed later hit a two-run homer and Kelly followed with a solo shot off Chad Bettis (1-6).
It was the Diamondbacks’ 27th comeback win of the season and keeps them in the thick of the wild-card chase.
Merrill Kelly (8-12) allowed four of his six runs in the first inning as he earned his first victory since June 12. Archie Bradley tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
Trevor Story had two doubles and a solo homer for a Rockies squad that’s gone 13-32 since June 21. It’s the worst swoon by winning percentage in the National League over that time period and pretty much assured Colorado won’t be making a third straight playoff appearance.
The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first after Raimel Tapia and Tony Wolters each delivered two-out, two-run singles. Kelly threw 29 pitches in the frame.
Josh Rojas had a pair of hits in his major league debut, including an RBI single in the seventh to make it 8-6. After his inaugural base hit in the sixth, the keepsake baseball was tossed into the dugout, where Eduardo Escobar playfully pretended to throw it into the crowd.
Rojas was acquired last month in the deal that sent right-hander Zack Greinke to Houston. Rojas became the 10th Arizona-born player to suit up for the Diamondbacks.
Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta was out of the starting lineup with a stiff neck. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. … RHP Luke Weaver (forearm tightness) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He had an MRI last week and “everything is progressing,” manager Torey Lovullo said. … RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw out to 90 feet Monday.
Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza says he’s feeling “good” after fouling a ball off his left ankle Sunday. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and flew out.
THE ROJAS PLAN
Rojas can play all over the field, but Lovullo wants to primarily use him in the outfield for now.
“We’re super-excited with his versatility,” Lovullo said. “At some point, we’ll transition over to everywhere.”
Rockies starter Peter Lambert was cruising along until the fourth inning when he struggled to find the strike zone. He walked the opening three batters before getting a 1-2-3 double play. Two pitches later, Ahmed brought in two runs with a double to deep center to make it 4-3.
Lambert finished with five walks, one intentional, over five innings. He gave up three runs.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said the mood in the clubhouse is one of complete frustration after a 1-5 trip added to their growing miseries. They were outscored 25-9 in two losses at Houston and then dropped three of four in San Diego.
“You don’t want to get embarrassed like that or get beat up like that,” Arenado said. “That team (Houston) is better than us. The Padres, they played well. … They’re getting better. It shows that we have a long ways to go.”
Arizona righty Zac Gallen (2-3, 2.40 ERA) makes his first career start against Colorado on Tuesday. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray (10-8, 4.06), who’s gone 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA at home this season.
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