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Nunez, Rockies avoid sweep, beat D-Backs for rare road win

Nunez, Rockies avoid sweep, beat D-Backs for rare road win

Light-hitting Dom Nunez doubled twice and singled as the Colorado Rockies avoided a three-game sweep by the team with the worst record in the majors, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3By SCOTT BORDOW Associated PressJuly 9, 2021, 12:38 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — Colorado manager Bud Black has lamented his team’s inability to get big hits on the road this season.That wasn’t the case Thursday.Dom Nunez doubled twice and the Rockies had five extra-base hits and went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3, avoiding a three-game sweep by the team with the worst record in the majors.The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 40 road games this season. They’re 31-17 at Coors Field.“We just haven’t done that enough over the course of the year, especially on the road so it was good to see some extra-base hits,” Black said. “Those have been few and far between.”Nunez, who began the day hitting just .159, also singled, scored twice and drove in a run. Yonathan Daza had two RBIs and Ryan McMahon singled twice and scored twice.Josh VanMeter hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who were trying to sweep a three-game series for the first time since April 20-22 against Cincinnati Reds.Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-5) allowed three earned runs and six hits in five innings. He also contributed an RBI single. It was Gonzalez’s first win since May 1, a span of nine starts.“It’s very satisfying,” Gonzalez said. “We played great ball, great defense and the hitters did their thing.”The Rockies scored twice in the sixth off reliever Jordan Weems (0-1) for a 4-3 lead and added four runs in the seventh.Colorado opened the inning with four straight hits against Riley Smith. Raimel Tapia and Trevor Story had back-to-back doubles and Brendan Rodgers and McMahon followed with singles.C.J. Cron was then hit in the helmet with a 92 mph fastball. He walked to first base under his own power but was lifted for pinch-runner Jon Gray. Daza’s two-run double made it 8-3.Black said Cron passed a concussion test following the game.“He’s doing fine, fortunately,” Black said. “Obviously it didn’t look good from the get go. It looked like it was a direct blow but maybe he turned his head enough to make it a glancing blow. He felt pretty good. He was lucid and clear thinking.”Arizona loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Colorado reliever Jhoulys Chachin got Josh Rojas and VanMeter to pop out and Eduardo Escobar grounded out.The Rockies trailed 3-2 in the sixth when Cron was a hit by a pitch and moved to second on a groundout. With two outs, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo ordered an intentional walk to Nunez, who had doubled and singled in his first two at-bats.Black pulled Gonzalez for pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon, who hit a tying single. Nunez eventually scored on a wild pitch by Weems.“I made a decision that ended up costing us,” Lovullo said. “I saw Blackmon sitting on the bench, saw the relief pitcher barely warming up. I thought we were going to get the pitcher (Gonzalez) to hit. To me at that time it was a no-brainer, but they made the right decision and got it right. I didn’t predict that one was going to happen. That’s on me.”Arizona starter Jake Faria gave up two earned runs and five hits in five innings.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: Minor league pitcher Corbin Martin, one of four players acquired from Houston in the 2019 trade for Zack Greinke, has been shut down with forearm tightness. Martin underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2019 … Lovullo said he’s hopeful starting pitchers Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) and Zack Gallen (hamstring) will return after the All-Star break. “How quickly after the All-Star break has yet to be determined,” Lovullo said.UP NEXTRockies: Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland (1-2, 5.50) will take the mound against San Diego’s Blake Snell (3-3, 4.99) in the opener of a three-game series.Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Widener (1-0, 2.63) will come off the injured list and start against the Dodgers. Widener (groin) made his last start on May 23.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Escobar hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Rockies 6-4

Escobar hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Rockies 6-4

Eduardo Escobar had a three-run homer among his three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday nightBy SCOTT BORDOW Associated PressJuly 8, 2021, 5:25 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks are on a winning streak.Arizona won its second straight game with a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night.The Diamondbacks, owners of the worst record in the majors at 25-63, last won consecutive games May 10-11, when they beat the Miami Marlins in back-to-back games.“We won a series,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “We haven’t won a series in I don’t know how long. We won two games in a row. I don’t know how long that’s been. I’m happy for these guys.”Eduardo Escobar, the Diamondbacks’ lone All-Star Game representative, had three hits, including a three-run homer that broke open a 3-1 game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Stuart Fairchild led off with a single, right fielder Josh Rojas walked and Escobar hit his team-leading 19th home run into the right field bleachers off Colorado reliever Tyler Kinley.“It was a high fastball, 95 mph at the top of the zone,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “We’ve seen Escobar swing through that pitch. He’s a really good low-ball hitter, but he got on top of that one and hit it out of the ballpark.”Reliever Matt Peacock (3-6) got the win for Arizona, giving up one run in three innings. Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (2-8) took the loss.“You win, everything is different,” Escobar said. “I know it’s really hard … a lot of people are talking about the bad year we’re having, but I still love my team.”Aided by two Arizona’ errors, the Rockies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ryan McMahon had an RBI double, and C.J. Cron added an RBI single.Arizona closer Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.The Diamondbacks grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles by shortstop Nick Ahmed and catcher Daulton Varsho, and a sacrifice fly by starting pitcher Humberto Castellanos.Castellanos made his first start for Arizona after six relief appearances and threw four shutout innings, allowing four hits. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth after throwing a season-high 60 pitches.“He did a great job, giving us four innings,” Lovullo said.Senzatela allowed seven hits and three earned runs in six innings. He struck out five.“They got the three runs, but he held them down after that,” Black said. “Six innings of baseball with three runs, a lot of times that gets a team the “W,” but not tonight.”McMahon had three hits for Colorado, which went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position.A NIGHT TO REMEMBERFairchild’s seventh-inning single was his first major league hit. He was called up from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: P Austin Gomber (forearm) threw a bullpen session before Wednesday’s game and will pitch in a simulated game Saturday. Black said at that point the team will determine if Gomber will go out on a rehab assignment … P Jordan Sheffield (flexor strain) has yet to pick up a baseball, but Black said he’s hopeful Sheffield can take the mound sometime in August.Diamondbacks: P Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. Bumgarner is scheduled for another rehabilitation start if he comes out of the bullpen session well, Lovullo said … P Zac Gallen (hamstring) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and will throw another bullpen session Saturday, barring any setbacks … OF Kole Calhoun (hamstring) had “four to five” at-bats Tuesday in the Arizona League, Lovullo said.UP NEXTRockies RHP Chi Chi González (2-5, 5.52) will take the mound Thursday for the finale of the three-game series against Diamondbacks RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 5.25).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

D-backs lose record 15th straight, Souza homers in return

D-backs lose record 15th straight, Souza homers in return

The Diamondbacks stumbled to their franchise-record 15th straight loss, with Steven Souza Jr. hitting a go-ahead home run in his return to Arizona following a horrific knee injury and helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 victoryBy SCOTT BORDOW Associated PressJune 19, 2021, 5:43 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX — The Diamondbacks stumbled to their franchise-record 15th straight loss, with Steven Souza Jr. hitting a go-ahead home run in his return to Arizona following a horrific knee injury and helping the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-0 victory Friday night.Arizona broke the team mark of 14 straight losses from July 9-25, 2004, and lost for the 38th time in 43 games. They have the worst record in the major leagues at 20-51, and set a major-league record with their 23rd straight road loss Thursday.“We have to find a way to get out of it,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “It’s time to find a way.”Souza homered in the eighth off Arizona reliever Joe Mantiply (0-2). Souza slipped on home plate and tore his left ACL while playing for the Diamondbacks in an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on March 25, 2019. Souza did not return until the 2020 regular season.“The last time I touched home plate didn’t end well for me,” Souza said. “Being able to touch it and walk away being up 1-0 was definitely emotional.”Trevor Bauer (7-5), in the best of his three starts since word began to spread that Major League Baseball would begin cracking down on pitchers’ use of illicit sticky stuff, pitched three-hit ball over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked three, lowering his ERA to 2.45.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Bauer’s tempo was better than it had been his previous two starts.“Just get the ball, get on the mound and keep things moving,” Bauer said. “I thought it would benefit me in my command and also help guys not stand out there for an extended period of time.”Jimmy Nelson and Kenley Jansen each pitched an inning to finish a three-hitter, with Jansen getting his 17th save in 19 chances and finishing the Dodgers’ sixth shutout.Arizona was blanked for the ninth time.Dodgers center fielder Mookie Betts added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, scoring shortstop Gavin Lux, who had walked and gone to third on a pinch-hit double by Andy Burns. Arizona reliever Stefan Crichton then balked in a run.Bauer escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth when Carson Kelly hit an inning-ending flyout. Eduardo Escobar hit an inning-ending popout that stranded two runners in the fifth, starting a string in which the Diamondbacks’ last 13 batters were retired in order.Souza helped Bauer get through the seventh with a sliding catch into foul territory in right field to retire Nick Ahmed.Diamondbacks starter Caleb Smith allowed one run in six innings with four walks and five strikeouts.ROSTER MOVEDiamondbacks: Arizona designated P Keury Mella for assignment and selected the contract of reliever Noé Ramirez from Triple-A Reno. Mella had a 32.40 ERA in two appearances with the Diamondbacks. Ramirez had an 8.00 ERA in eight appearances at Reno.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: OF Cody Bellinger (hamstring) ran the bases Wednesday and Roberts said, “he responded really well.” Roberts said Bellinger should be activated off the injured list for the series against San Diego beginning Monday. … 1B Max Muncy (oblique) will not need a rehabilitation assignment and could be ready for the second or third game of the Padres series … SS Corey Seager (hand) could start a rehab assignment next week. … Roberts said he hopes LHP Scott Alexander (shoulder inflammation) will be ready to rejoin the Dodgers by early JulyDiamondbacks: LHP Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw off flat ground Friday and is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session Tuesday. … RHP Taylor Widener (groin) threw a 31-pitch bullpen Friday. … RHP Tyler Clippard (knee) threw 15 pitches off flat ground and 10 off a mound . … OF Kole Calhoun took batting practice.UP NEXTLos Angeles Dodgers ace Walker Buehler is 6-0 with a 2.38 ERA in 13 starts this season going into his outing at the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brad Peacock (2-4, 5.26). Buehler is 2-0 with a 2.47 ERA in nine starts against Arizona, including seven scoreless innings during a May 17 win at Dodger Stadium in which the only hit he allowed a one-out single in the first to Josh Rojas.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports