Rockies stage biggest rally since 2010 to beat Diamondbacks – The Denver Post

PHOENIX – They’re not the Cardiac Cardinals, they’re not even close, but the Rockies put on two rallies to beat hapless Arizona on Friday night at Chase Field.

After the Diamondbacks bombarded starter Jon Gray with seven runs in the third inning, the Rockies won the game, 9-7, scoring six runs in the sixth and three more in the ninth.

Arizona, owner of the worst record in the majors, fell to 50-110. Five Rockies relievers – Yency Almonte, Jordan Sheffield, Tyler Kinley, Lucas Gilbreath and Carlos Estévez – dominated the D-Backs, pitching five scoreless innings and striking out nine. Gilbreath got the win and Estevez made his 11th save.

“Those guys closed the door from the fifth inning,” manager Bud Black said. “That allowed our position players to have good at-bats, and Sam (Hilliard) had the big home run to get us closer.”

Shortstop Trevor Story, probably playing in his last series for Colorado, hit a single at home Brendan Rodgers with the lead run in the ninth. A CJ Cron RBI ground to shortstop Geraldo Perdomo scored Charlie Blackmon for an extra run.

Dom Nunez opened the ninth with a solo home run off Caleb Smith to tie the game 7-7.

The last time the Rockies rallied from a seven or more run deficit to win a game was on August 25, 2010 against Atlanta at Coors Field. With nine runs down, the Rockies won that game 12-10.

While it was a night to celebrate for Colorado, it was a night to forget for Gray. Or maybe one that will linger in the painful memory.

In what could have been his last game in a Rockies uniform, the 29-year-old right-hander was pitched with seven runs and seven hits, including three home runs in four innings. Gray was not available to speak to the media after the game.

The most painful part for Gray: All that damage happened in the terrible third inning. In the first, second and fourth innings, Gray got the Diamondbacks in order, struck out seven and walked out.

“You know, high pitches to major league hitters down the middle.
off the plate, you’re really taking a chance, ”Black said.

Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, will become a free agent at the end of the season. Although Gray and the Rockies have expressed interest in keeping him in Colorado, nothing is certain.

It will be interesting to see how Gray’s performance in the final two months of the season projects into his future. He hasn’t gone deeper than five innings since Aug. 4 and was 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in his last nine starts.

Gray was on fire as Friday night’s game began, striking out four of the six Arizona batters he faced. But the Diamondbacks attacked Gray in the third.

Jake McCarthy led off with a single and Geraldo Perdomo followed with a double. Humberto Castellanos came up to the plate. He pushed Gray’s first-pitch slider into the left-field seats for a three-run home run. It was the first home run by a D-Backs pitcher since Zack Greinke homered on June 24, 2019 at Chase Field against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.

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