Di­a­mond­backs 6, Rock­ies 2:

Colorado now 1-7 on road trip that ends Sun­day

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders Pa­trick Saun­ders is the pres­i­dent of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica: psaun­ders@den­ver­post.com or @psaun­der­sdp

Colorado falls to 1-7 on nine-game road trip that wraps up Sun­day.

PHOENIX» The Rock­ies fiz­zled out on fire­works night at Chase Field on Satur­day, los­ing 6-2 to the Arizona Di­a­mond­backs.

Smoth­ered most of the night by Arizona ace Zack Grienke, Colorado climbed back into the game in the sev­enth in­ning on a two-run homer by Trevor Story, cut­ting the Di­a­mond­backs’ lead to 3-2.

Then came one of the Rock­ies’ ugli­est, and most costly, in­nings of the sea­son.

It be­gan with a throw­ing er­ror from short­stop by Story, fol­lowed by an RBI triple by Mike Mathis to cen­ter off Colorado starter Tyler Chat­wood. Ke­tel Marte then hit what should have been a sac­ri­fice fly to left, but Mike Tauch­man dropped it for a two-base er­ror.

A run-scor­ing dou­ble by David Per­alta off Chat­wood capped the Di­a­mond­backs’ three-run in­ning and the Rock­ies were on their way to an­other loss, their ninth in the last 10 games. They con­tinue to slide far­ther be­hind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers and sec­ond­place Di­a­mond­backs in the Na­tional League West race.

Greinke won an Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award with Kansas City in 2009. He fin­ished sec­ond for the NL Cy Young Award as a mem­ber of the Dodgers in 2015.

Satur­day, Arizona’s $206.5 mil­lion man dis­played his ex­quis­ite tal­ent again. He pitched seven in­nings, giv­ing up two runs on three hits, strik­ing out eight and walk­ing none.

The bal­ance of the game changed quickly, if only mo­men­tar­ily, in the sev­enth. Nolan Are­nado roped a sin­gle to cen­ter and two bat­ters later, Story lifted his two-out homer over the left-field fence. What was shap­ing up to be a shutout for Grienke was sud­denly a 3-2 game. Story’s homer was his 11th this sea­son, and his fourth off Grienke in 21 at-bats. Then the rally caved in. Chat­wood pitched well early, though the Di­a­mond­backs tagged him for two triples that led to runs, one by Daniel Descalso in the first and an­other by Paul Gold­schmidt in the fourth.

By the end of the night, how­ever, Chat­wood’s line was not very good: 6L in­nings, six runs (four earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out six.

The Rock­ies, 1-7 on their road trip, will try to win the series Sun­day af­ter­noon at Chase Field.

Rock­ies right-han­der Tyler Chat­wood, pitch­ing Satur­day night against the Di­a­mond­backs at Chase Field in Phoenix, al­lowed six runs (four earned) and seven hits in 6L in­nings.

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