D-Backs sur­ren­der 19 runs in loss at Coors

Game gets so out of hand early, in­fielder Descalso called on to pitch in 4th in­ning

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DEN­VER — The Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs pre­served their bullpen. Their psy­che might have taken a big hit, how­ever.

Ari­zona’s Coors Field dom­i­nance ended in a blast of of­fense by the Colorado Rock­ies. Car­los Gon­za­lez hit two homers, starter Ger­man Mar­quez also went deep for one of Colorado’s five home runs as the Rock­ies routed Ari­zona 19-2 on Wednes­day night.

Gon­za­lez drove in six runs to help the Rock­ies end a nine-game home los­ing streak against the Di­a­mond­backs. They scored 12 runs in the first three in­nings and only a cou­ple of Ari­zona po­si­tion play­ers tak­ing the mound set­tled things down.

“We’ve had trou­ble against this team, we all know it, so to­day was good,” Nolan Are­nado said.

COL: 47-45 over­all ARI: 51-42 over­all

Ari­zona starter Shelby Miller (0-4) al­lowed five runs be­fore leav­ing af­ter the first with right el­bow tight­ness. Miller was mak­ing his fourth start since re­turn­ing from Tommy John surgery and was headed back to Phoenix on Wednes­day night to be eval­u­ated, man­ager Torey Lovullo said.

“He def­i­nitely didn’t seem him­self,” said Alex Avila, who started

at catcher and fin­ished the game on the mound. “He was kind of strug­gling to com­mand re­ally any­thing, notic­ing him gri­mac­ing on oc­ca­sion when he’d throw a pitch. Ob­vi­ously there was some­thing wrong there.”

With the game out of hand, the Di­a­mond­backs turned to sec­ond base­man Daniel Descalso and Avila to pitch. Descalso tossed 2 2/3 in­nings in his fifth re­lief ap­pear­ance. Avila threw two score­less in­nings in his first time pitch­ing since col­lege.

“It’s like rid­ing bike,” he said. “I wasn’t try­ing to do any­thing spe­cial, just made sure I tired to throw strikes and that’s re­ally it.”

Colorado scored seven runs off Jorge De La Rosa and four more off Yoshi­hisa Hi­rano to bring on Descalso in the fourth. He had re­tired the first nine bat­ters he faced his ca­reer but Are­nado greeted him with an RBI sin­gle and Gon­za­lez

fol­lowed with a two-run homer. Descalso was the first po­si­tion player in fran­chise his­tory to pitch more than one in­ning. Avila be­came the sec­ond.

Char­lie Black­mon and Ian Des­mond also home­red as Colorado ended a ninegame home los­ing streak to the Di­a­mond­backs.

Mar­quez (8-8), who pitched six in­nings, hit his first ca­reer home run off Descalso that made it 19-1.

“I hap­pened to make re­ally good con­tact on that pitch and the ball left the yard,” Mar­quez said. “I’d be ly­ing if I some­times (don’t think) I’ve got to go yard at some point. I’m glad it hap­pened tonight.”

The 19 runs were the most this sea­son for Colorado and one short of the fran­chise best.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Di­a­mond­backs: Re­liever TJ McFarland left the game in the fourth in­ning with neck tight­ness. ... Lovullo said OF Jar­rod Dyson (right groin strain) is deal­ing with the break

up of scar tis­sue re­lated to his 2017 her­nia surgery and said the team will keep him off his feet un­til af­ter the break.

TWO FOR THE BOOKS

The Di­a­mond­backs made his­tory by pitch­ing Descalso and Avila toss­ing mul­ti­ple in­nings. The last time it hap­pened was when the Philadel­phia Phillies did it against the Chicago Cubs on July 22, 1945, ac­cord­ing to Elias Sports Bureau.

In ad­di­tion, Descalso com­ing on in the fourth in­ning was the ear­li­est a po­si­tion player pitched in a game since Sal Bando did it for Milwaukee on Aug. 29, 1979, ac­cord­ing to Elias.

WILD WEEK

The Di­a­mond­backs will need the up­com­ing All-Star break to re­group from the last four games. On Satur­day they scored 20 runs to beat San Diego, went 16 in­nings the next day against the Padres and then al­lowed 19 runs against Colorado.

“The 20 runs fol­lowed by 16-in­ning game -- I’ve never seen some­thing like that,” Lovullo said. “Our po­si­tions play­ers had to cover four-plus in­nings. So it’s a weird set of cir­cum­stances, but to­day only counts as one loss.”

NER­VOUS NOLAN

Are­nado has faced the tough­est pitch­ers in the game with con­fi­dence but fac­ing Descalso in the fourth in­ning was stress­ful for the All-Star third base­man.

“It was awk­ward, my heart was beat­ing re­ally fast be­cause I didn’t want to get out,” he said. “It was nice to get a hit.”

SALAS RE­LEASED

The Di­a­mond­backs re­leased RHP Fer­nando Salas a few days af­ter des­ig­nat­ing him for as­sign­ment.

UP NEXT

Di­a­mond­backs left-han­der Robbie Ray (3-1, 5.23 ERA) and Rock­ies lefty Kyle Free­land (8-6, 3.18 ERA) will start on Thurs­day.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

ARI­ZONA DI­A­MOND­BACKS in­fielder-turned-re­lief-pitcher Daniel Descalso calls for a new ball af­ter giv­ing up a three-run home run to Colorado Rock­ies’ Car­los Gon­za­lez dur­ing the fourth in­ning of Wednes­day’s game in Den­ver.

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