The Colorado Rockies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, 6-3, dropping their record to 79-65; 1-1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Arizona jumped out to a lead in the first inning when David Peralta hit a two-run home run off of Rockies’ starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela.
The Rockies answered the Diamondbacks’ run quickly in the first inning, scoring two runs off of Zack Greinke. Charlie Blackmon started the frame with a double to right field and then advanced to third base when DJ LeMahieu grounded out to first base. Nolan Arenado then hit a RBI double to left field, scoring Blackmon to tie the game at a run apiece. Later in the inning, Trevor Story hit a RBI double to left field, making the score 2-1.
Past the first inning, each starting pitcher kept each team’s lineup in check. Both starters pitched into the sixth inning where the teams again traded blows.
Arizona established another lead in the sixth inning. Senzatela recorded the first two outs before running into trouble, starting with All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hitting a double to deep center field. From there, AJ Pollock reached base on an infield single, which was followed by an RBI triple off the bat of Ketel Marte to put Arizona ahead 4-2.
Senzatela’s night was finished after the sixth inning as he departed with a line of six innings pitched, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out four batters.
The Rockies managed to get within one run of the Diamondbacks’ lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Following back-to-back fly-out’s from Blackmon and LeMahieu, Arenado ripped a double to left field. David Dahl then followed with a RBI double to make the score 4-3.
Jake McGee and Scott Oberg combined to work a clean top of the seventh inning. The Rockies were able to load the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but were unable to push any runs across the plate.
Arizona added an additional pair of run in the eighth inning via an RBI double hit by Marte, extending the Diamondbacks lead to 6-3. Marte accounted for four of the Diamondback’s’ six runs.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks will continue their series Wednesday night at Coors Field with first pitch set for 6:40 MST.