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Hill's 3-run homer lifts Diamondbacks past Rockies

Associated Press Modified: September 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm •  Published: September 23, 2012

DENVER (AP) — Convinced that Aaron Hill would come through, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson kept him near the top of the batting order.

Good decision.

Hill hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks beat Colorado 10-7 on Sunday, the Rockies' season-high ninth straight loss.

Arizona remained 4½ games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Wil Nieves had four hits and Hill had three for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight and six of seven.

Hill came into Sunday hitting .323 with 12 RBIs in his last 15 games.

"Aaron's just been so steady," Gibson said. "It's good to have him in the two-hole. I did have a lineup today where I was going to put him down fifth, but he's been so clutch for us that you want him to get that extra at-bat."

It paid off in the late innings.

Trailing by one, the Diamondbacks rallied against reliever Matt Belisle (3-8) in the eighth. Pinch hitter Mike Jacobs tied it with a single and after Adam Eaton struck out, Hill hit his 24th homer of the season to make it 7-4.

Hill fouled off two pitches before hitting an 86 mph slider into the left-field seats.

"He threw some good pitches I was just able to fortunately foul them off until I got a pitch to hit," he said. "It ended up working out."

Arizona tacked on three more in the ninth on Jake Elmore's two-run single and A.J. Pollock's RBI groundout.

"Jake getting those two guys in was big," Jacobs said.

Colorado scored three runs off Takashi Saito in the bottom of the ninth. J.J. Putz got the last out for his 32nd save.

Mike Albers (3-1) got the win with an inning of scoreless relief.

"It's another great effort. Unfortunately in the eighth inning we did not get the people out that we needed to get out," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Wilin Rosario had three hits for the fourth game in a row and DJ LeMahieu also had three hits for the Rockies.

Colorado (58-94) is one loss shy of the club's single-season record and needs to win five of its last 10 games to avoid the franchise's first 100-loss season.

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