Rockies end road trip with 5-4 loss to D-backs

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 1, 2014 at 12:47 am •  Published: May 1, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Colorado Rockies appeared well on their way to a sweep and a solid road trip.

Once their bats went quiet and Arizona strung together a couple of two-out hits, the trip home won't feel quite as good.

Colorado had three hits after the third inning and Rex Brothers struggled to put hitters away during Arizona's tying rally in the ninth, leading to a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Arizona tied it in the ninth on Martin Prado's two-run single in the ninth inning and ended a four-game losing streak when Miguel Montero led off the 10th with his first walkoff homer.

"We had the game in control it looked like for most of the game, so it was a tough one to lose," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "It is always tough when you don't put games away."

Stuck in a rut, Arizona appeared to be in trouble after Colorado went up 4-0 after three innings on Carlos Gonzalez's two-run homer and pitcher Jordan Lyles' leadoff shot in the third.

It took some time, but the Diamondbacks worked their way back into it.

After struggling early, Josh Collmenter quieted the Rockies' bats over his final four innings and Trevor Cahill did the same while getting six outs.

Paul Goldscmidt gave Arizona's offense a little life in the eighth inning, hitting a solo homer off Adam Ottavino.

In the ninth, the Diamondbacks strung together a string of two-strike hits to load the bases against Brothers, and Prado tied it at 4 with a two-run single up the middle.

Addison Reed (1-2) kept the Rockies in check by stranding a runner at third in the 10th inning and Montero, after a couple of misses, ended it with his first career walkoff hit, a towering homer to right off Tommy Kahnle (2-1).

Montero was mobbed as he crossed the plate and was treated to a dirt bath — an Arizona walkoff tradition — that was a nice release for a team that had won two of its first 13 games at Chase Field.

"We needed that," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "It was good that the guys hung in there."

The Rockies certainly didn't want to end their six-game road trip this way.

Colorado won four of the first give games and appeared to be in control after Lyles pitched six effective innings.

But the Rockies lost the lead after Brothers struggled to put away hitters and the game when Montero hit a 1-2 fastball over the wall.

Nolan Arenado extended his majors-best hitting streak to 20 games with a single in the sixth inning for Colorado, which had three hits after the third inning.

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