Diamondbacks beat Rockies 5-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 9, 2014 at 12:49 am •  Published: August 9, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta jabbed a couple steps to get his timing right, then raced toward home.

The pitch was low, the throw back to the mound high and Peralta was safe with Arizona's first steal of home in seven years.

"It was the perfect storm," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Peralta's dash helped the Diamondbacks bounce back from a three-game sweep by Kansas City with a 5-3 victory over the listless Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Miguel Montero provided the early highlight for Arizona, hitting a three-run homer off Tyler Matzek (2-7) in the first inning.

Not much else happened between the NL West's two worst teams after that.

Matzek adeptly worked around baserunners after Montero's homer and Arizona's Chase Anderson (7-4) fought through a high pitch count for five effective innings.

Peralta provided some life in the seventh inning.

The rookie doubled in the first inning and notched his 24th multi-hit game since June 1 with a run-scoring triple off Rex Brothers in the seventh to put the Diamondbacks up 4-1.

Arizona's coaches had noticed Colorado catcher Michael McKenry had a tendency to lob the ball back to the pitcher and Peralta, with some encouragement from teammate Cliff Pennington, took advantage for Arizona's first steal of home since Chris Young did it in 2007.

The run proved to be a big one.

Colorado's Corey Dickerson and DJ LeMahieu had run-scoring singles in the ninth inning before Addison Reed struck out Charlie Blackmon to end the game.

Colorado has lost 10 of 12.

"I gave a quick glance and didn't really see much, and threw it right back and didn't think twice about it," McKenry said. "It was on me, it was my fault. I feel awful about it."

After a rough patch of the season, Anderson has rounded back into form.

The rookie right-hander lost four straight following a five-win start to his career before stringing together four quality outings since July 7.

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