Worst kind of walk-off

Colorado loses 10th game in last 11 as woe­ful road trip ends

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Patrick Saun­ders The Den­ver Post

PHOENIX» The Rock­ies came to the desert look­ing to end their drought at the plate and in the win col­umn.

A lit­tle solid re­lief from the bullpen would have been nice, too. Noth­ing do­ing.

Ari­zona beat them 4-3 on Sun­day at Chase Field on a walk-off sin­gle by Ke­tel Marte off Chris Rusin.

But don’t blame Rusin. It was strug­gling right-han­der Adam Ot­tavino who served up a one-out sin­gle to Bran­don Drury and a dou­ble to for­mer Rockie Chris Ian­netta to set up the Diamondbacks’ vic­tory

It was the first walk-off hit of Marte’s ca­reer and piled more mis­ery on the Rock­ies. Ari­zona’s win clinched the three-game se­ries and sent Colorado reel­ing to its 10th loss in its last 11 games.

“The process was good to­day,” said Ot­tavino, who fell to 1-3 with a 5.28 ERA. “I thought I threw the ball bet­ter to­day than I have in months, prob­a­bly. But I still got beat, so it didn’t make me feel good ei­ther way.”

Road war­riors early in the sea­son when they ruled the Na­tional League West and were play­ing crisp base­ball, the Rock­ies went 1-8 on their ugly road jour­ney through Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco and Ari­zona. The Rock­ies bat­ted just .211 and scored a not-so-grand to­tal of 26 runs on the trip.

“We have tal­ent. That’s not the prob­lem,” said Nolan Are­nado, who was se­lected to his third con­sec­u­tive All-Star Game on Sun­day. “We just have to take care of busi­ness, and we are not do­ing that.

“We are not play­ing good base­ball yet. It’s ob­vi­ous to the guys in here. Ev­ery­body knows it. We haven’t hit our stride yet as play­ers. I still know I can play bet­ter than I am. I know CarGo (Car­los Gonzalez) can, Trevor (Story) can. I know all of us can. Now it’s a mat­ter of go­ing out and do­ing it.”

Colorado ral­lied to tie the game 3-3 in the

ninth on Char­lie Black­mon’s sin­gle to drive in pinch-run­ner Tyler Chat­wood, who was run­ning for catcher Ryan Hani­gan, who be­gan the rally with a sin­gle. But the lead didn’t hold up as the Rock­ies fell to 11-4 in one-run games.

Adding pain to its mount­ing mis­ery, Colorado lost start­ing left fielder Ian Des­mond to a calf in­jury.

Colorado got a solid, though not lengthy, start from rookie righthander Ger­man Mar­quez. The Diamondbacks tagged him for three runs on five hits in 5M in­nings. Mar­quez struck out six and walked three.

“I thought I had good com­mand of my fast­ball and my break­ing ball,” Mar­quez said.

Added man­ager Bud Black: “I thought he pitched great. If he keeps pitch­ing like that go­ing for­ward, he’ll be in good shape.”

A rare throw­ing er­ror by Are­nado opened the door for the Dbacks’ go-ahead run in the sixth. With two outs, Jake Lamb hit a roller to Are­nado on the grass near third base, where he bare­handed the ball but threw off tar­get to first base­man Mark Reynolds. Lamb was cred­ited with a hit, but was awarded sec­ond base on Are­nado’s er­ror. Af­ter Mar­quez walked Chris Owings, Drury hit a dou­ble to score Lamb and give Ari­zona a 3-2 lead.

Ari­zona right-han­der Tai­juan Walker lim­ited the Rock­ies to two runs on six hits over seven in­nings. He whiffed eight and walked only one bat­ter.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, com­bin­ing a walk by Des­mond, an er­ror by Drury at sec­ond and a bro­ken-bat, RBI sin­gle up the mid­dle by Story.

The lead didn’t last long. Mar­quez opened the bot­tom of the fourth by plunk­ing Paul Gold­schmidt, set­ting the ta­ble for Owings’ two-run homer that barely cleared the left-field wall.

The Rock­ies tied the game 2-2 in the fifth on con­sec­u­tive sin­gles by Black­mon, DJ LeMahieu and Are­nado, who drove in his 62nd run of the sea­son. A golden chance for a big in­ning fiz­zled when Reynolds grounded into a dou­ble play.

Des­mond, who signed a fiveyear, $70 million con­tract with the Rock­ies in the off­sea­son, injured his calf while catch­ing a line drive off the bat of Drury in the fourth in­ning. The Rock­ies ini­tially called the in­jury a calf cramp.

Asked about the in­jury af­ter the game, Des­mond said, “I don’t want to talk to the me­dia.”

Ross D. Franklin, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Rock­ies util­ity man Pat Valaika, who played left field Sun­day, walks off Chase Field as the Ari­zona Diamondbacks cel­e­brate win­ning 4-3 on a ninth-in­ning sin­gle by Ke­tel Marte, top right.

Chris­tian Petersen, Getty Images

Trevor Story of the Rock­ies falls to the ground as he strikes out dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning Sun­day against the Ari­zona Diamondbacks’ Tai­juan Walker.

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