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D'backs can't hold lead, Rockies rally for 9-4 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 12:26 am •  Published: April 6, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — After pitching effectively early on, Brandon McCarthy suddenly lost the feel for his sinker.

His control of the game was soon to follow.

McCarthy was tagged for three home runs, including two by Nolan Arenado, and the Arizona Diamondbacks failed to hold a four-run lead in a 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. The loss dropped Arizona to 1-7 on the season, the worst start in team history.

"I really don't know what happened," said McCarthy, who had set down 10 straight batters after Charlie Blackmon opened the game with a single.

"I just sort of lost the feel for my sinker, just really started to struggle with that command-wise. The first two home runs were just really bad pitches. I didn't get the sink I wanted, didn't put them in the (right) location, and got punished."

Martin Prado, who left Friday's game with a finger laceration, had an RBI double in the first, the Diamondbacks added an unearned run in the second and Mark Trumbo connected for a two-run home run in the third. It was Trumbo's second homer in two days and fourth homer in five career games at Coors Field.

But the Rockies cut Arizona's lead with a three-run third before forging ahead an inning later.

With one out in the fourth, McCarthy walked Carlos Gonzales, his first walk in four career starts against the Rockies, a stretch of 90 batters.

Michael Cuddyer followed and sent McCarthy's first offering over the center field fence. One out later, Arenado, who came in batting .143, connected for the first of his two home runs to pull the Rockies to 4-3.

"Everything just fell apart, like what has been happening," Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero said. "We made bad pitches, period. It was a lot of hanging breaking balls, a lot of up, out over-the-plate fastballs. We've just got to bear down, make good pitches, especially with two strikes."

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