Rockies outslugged by Diamondbacks in 8-7 loss

Associated Press Published: September 23, 2012
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DENVER (AP) — Losing 100 games seemed to be a distant worry for the Colorado Rockies a week ago.

It's definitely more real now.

Wilin Rosario homered among his three hits, but the Rockies fell 8-7 against the Arizona Diamondbacks for their eighth consecutive loss.

Jordan Pacheco also had three hits and Andrew Brown had a solo shot for Colorado (58-93), which is two losses shy of its most in a single season. The Rockies need to win five of their last 11 games to avoid the franchise's first 100-loss season.

Colorado lost Saturday despite outhitting Arizona 14-13.

"There has to come a time where seven runs and 14 hits are enough," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Aaron Hill tripled and drove in four runs for Arizona, which has won five of six. Jason Kubel had two hits and two RBIs.

J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 31st save as Arizona remained 4½ back of St. Louis for the second NL wild card.

"We're not out of it. We've still got a little time left," Kubel said. "If we keep this up hopefully we put more pressure on teams in front of us, but we've got to keep it up ourselves."

Both starting pitchers struggled and neither got to the fifth inning. Arizona staked Patrick Corbin to an early lead but he allowed five runs and nine hits in just three innings.

Brad Bergesen (2-0) tossed two innings of one-hit ball to get the win.

Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin needed 84 pitches to get through four but left with a 5-3 lead. The Diamondbacks then scored five times in the sixth with the help of the Colorado bullpen.

Carlos Torres (4-3) loaded the bases with two walks before Hill tripled to center field. Torres issued another walk before Josh Outman came on and loaded the bases again with the fourth walk of the inning.

Kubel knocked in Hill with a sacrifice fly and Chris Johnson had an RBI single to make it 8-5.

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