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Iannetta drives in 2 in 10th, Rockies sweep Diamondbacks

Colorado Rockies' Chris Iannetta connects for a two-run single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — Chris Iannetta’s two-run, bases-loaded single in the 10th inning lifted the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory Thursday that completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Iannetta, a former Diamondbacks catcher, singled off the center-field wall against Yoshihisa Hirano (3-4) with one out to drive in Ian Desmond and Brendan Rodgers.

Desmond got to third base on a single by Rodgers, who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day and entered in the bottom of the ninth at shortstop when Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado left with a bruised left big toe after fouling a ball off his foot.

Scott Oberg (5-0) got the win with two scoreless innings in relief, but had to pitch out of jam in the bottom of the 10th when the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with one out. He got Ildemaro Vargas to fly out, and then struck out David Peralta swinging to end the game.

The Rockies tied it at 4 on Tony Wolters’ pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the ninth off Arizona closer Greg Holland, who was pitching for the first time in a week. But Daniel Murphy grounded into an inning-ending double play with runners at first and third.

Charlie Blackmon and Desmond homered for the Rockies, who have won eight in a row over the Diamondbacks.

Christian Walker’s two-run pinch-hit home run keyed a three-run sixth, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks take a 4-3 lead.

Ketel Marte had four hits and tied a club record for consecutive three-hit games with his fourth. Peralta drove in Marte with a single in the sixth.

Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.

Blackmon hit the second pitch of the game into the seats in right field, his fifth leadoff home run of the season and 35th of his career. Desmond’s solo shot came in the fifth, his 10th of the season.

The Diamondbacks tied it at 1 in the bottom of the first inning on Eduardo Escobar’s sacrifice fly.

Rockiers starter Jeff Hoffman was done at the 82-pitch mark with two outs in the third after he hit Nick Ahmed with a pitch. Hoffman allowed a run on three hits, walked four, struck out five and threw a pair of wild pitches in his shortest outing of the season.

The Rockies made it 2-1 following a leadoff walk to Arenado to open the fourth. Arenado made it to second base on a long fly out and scored on Ryan McMahon’s two-out double.

McMahon is 14 for 31 with 10 RBIs over a career-best seven-game hitting streak.


Rockies: Story was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right thumb before Thursday’s game. Story was injured while sliding head-first into second base trying to stretch a hit into a double in the sixth inning Wednesday night.

Diamondbacks: Ahmed was removed after four innings with a left hand bruise, the result of being hit by Hoffman’s pitch.


Rockies: Colorado opens a three-game series with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, with RHP German Marquez (7-3, 4.57 earned run average) getting the start in the opener. Marquez entered Thursday second in the NL with 102 1/3 innings pitched.

Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Clarke (1-2, 5.34) starts the opener of a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The Giants will be the first team Clarke has faced more than once in his career.

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