D-Backs' push hits bump with 4-2 loss to Rockies

Associated Press Modified: September 25, 2012 at 12:46 am •  Published: September 25, 2012
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DENVER (AP) — Arizona was dealt a setback in its attempt to mount a late playoff push.

Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Andrew Brown homered and the Colorado Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night to end a nine-game losing streak.

Jason Kubel hit his 30th homer of the season for the Diamondbacks, who fell 5½ games behind St. Louis with nine remaining in the race for the second NL wild card.

"We're going to try to win as many games as we can," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We've been in that mode for some time. It's disappointing when you lose. We understand what it means. We'll try to win every last game that we play."

Tyler Colvin and Charlie Blackmon had two hits each for Colorado. Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his 30th save.

For one night, at least, the Rockies (59-94) avoided tying the franchise record for losses in a season with a solid performance from Chatwood. Colorado's pitchers had allowed 33 runs on 48 hits through the first three games of this series before holding the Diamondbacks to five hits Monday.

Chatwood (5-5) gave up three hits and two runs before three relievers combined to retire 10 of the final 12 Arizona batters.

"He was throwing hard and keeping it somewhat elevated sometimes, not all the time, and that made it kind of hard to catch up to," said Kubel, who connected off Chatwood in the fourth. "After that first round of at bats, he started to go to more breaking stuff and kind of kept us off balance."

Kubel said he got hold of a changeup from Chatwood for his homer, a two-run shot that landed in the second deck beyond the right field wall.

"He left it out over the plate," Kubel said. "Fortunately for me, that was my bat speed tonight and I hit it and it went out. But he looked pretty good today."

Betancourt set down his first two in the ninth before yielding consecutive singles. John McDonald lined out to right field to end the game.

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