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Rockies lose 5-3 to Diamondbacks

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 9, 2014 at 12:54 am •  Published: August 9, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — Colorado catcher Michael McKenry dropped down to keep the ball in front of him, then took a quick glance to third base.

Not seeing anything, he lobbed the ball back to pitcher Rex Brothers.

It was all the time Arizona's David Peralta needed.

Peralta raced home for Arizona's first steal of home in seven years and the Rockies showed little signs of life until it was too late in a 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Friday night.

"It was on me, it was my fault," McKenry said. "I already apologized to Rex. I feel awful about it."

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 Brothers in the seventh to put the Diamondbacks up 4-1.

Arizona coaches had noticed 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.

"Those are things I will take care with our club," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We just lost sight of the guy on third."

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.

Anderson was sharp against the Rockies, making one mistake: the towering homer by McKenry.

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