Rockies’ bullpen squanders lead in loss to Diamondbacks

The Colorado Rockies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, 5-3.

Tuesday’s contest started off on a sour note for Rockies’ starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, who surrendered a solo home run to Nick Ahmed, establishing an early advantage for the NL West-leading Diamondbacks..

Outside of the early home run, Anderson was sharp on the mound and kept Colorado in the game with the Rockies’ offense tying the contest in the bottom of the third inning when Charlie Blackmon ripped an RBI double to left field.

Both teams were quiet in the fourth inning, but Colorado was able to pull ahead in the fifth starting with back-to-back hits from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. From there, Diamondbacks’ All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt committed an error trying to cut off a run at the plate, pushing the Rockies ahead 2-1.

Anderson held the Rockies’ lead through the sixth inning, but would not pitch beyond that point due to his high pitch count.

From there, Rockies’ manager Bud Black opted to send out veteran Jake McGee to preserve the lead in the seventh. McGee did just the opposite as he allowed a walk and a double instantly. Unable to find himself on the mound with two runners on base in a one-run ballgame, McGee proceeded to surrender a three-run home run to David Peralta, which was then quickly followed by Black making a change on the mound.

Scott Oberg came into the game in relief of McGee and allowed a solo home-run to AJ Pollock to push Arizona ahead 5-2.

Arenado hit a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the seventh inning to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Outside of the home run from Arenado, the Rockies were unable to generate any more runs throughout the game despite having runners in scoring position with one out later on in the seventh inning.

The loss dropped the Rockies record to 46-45 on the season while Arizona improved to 51-41.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks will continue their series from Coors Field Wednesday evening with first pitch set for 6:40 MST.

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