Rockies beat Arizona 4-2 to end 9-game skid

Associated Press Modified: September 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm •  Published: September 24, 2012
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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies finally got solid pitching to back up their bats and handed Arizona a costly defeat.

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

Jason Kubel homered for the Diamondbacks, who have slim hopes of a late-season playoff push. Arizona fell 5½ games behind St. Louis with nine remaining in the race for the second NL wild card.

"We're not out of it yet," Kubel said. "Some things can happen."

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 useful 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.

The Rockies' offense couldn't keep pace despite piling up 42 hits over the weekend.

"When you get effective starting pitching we can be a very effective ballclub," manager Jim Tracy said. "We can hit, and we've done it all year. Now, we get the other parts squared away the way we want, we can build on it."

The Rockies allowed at least four runs in eight games during their losing streak and three times gave up 10 or more. Chatwood (5-5) settled things down in the finale of this four-game series. He gave up three hits and two runs before three relievers combined to retire 10 of the final 12 Arizona batters.

"Getting ahead and staying ahead," Chatwood said. "I've been building off my last two outings. The results weren't there but I felt good about them. Just building off that and kept it going."

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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