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Stubbs hits 1st HR, Rockies beat Diamondbacks 5-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 1:32 am •  Published: April 30, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — With all the big bats in Colorado's lineup, it was Drew Stubbs who provided the biggest swing in the Rockies' latest victory.

Stubbs hit his first home run of the season, off closer Addison Reed in the ninth inning, to lift Colorado over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Troy Tulowitzki had his second big game in a row in Arizona, hitting a two-run homer to put the Rockies up 4-3 in the sixth. A.J. Pollock tied it with a two-out home run in the eighth.

Stubbs, who entered in a double switch in the eighth, hit a 2-2 pitch from Reed (0-2) into the right field seats, his first homer in 43 at-bats this year. He also chased down Eric Chavez's drive in deep center to end the game.

"Coming in and facing their closer, one of their best guys in the back end of the bullpen, you just hope he makes a mistake and you get a good pitch to hit," Stubbs said. "That last one was a slider out over the plate and I was able to put a good swing on it."

Reed got ahead 0-2 on Stubbs.

"I was feeling good, but once again a terrible slider in the zone," Reed said. "It was supposed to be down and away. I left it over the middle of the plate. He made me pay for it."

Boone Logan (1-0) gave up Pollock's homer but got the victory. LaTroy Hawkins allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.

Colorado won its fourth series in a row.

"I think right now you see signs of a group that comes together and understands how important it is to win," Tulowitzki said. "I think you see young guys buying in to doing things right to win the game. That's what we've been trying to accomplish here the last few years, but I think this group has a firm grip on that."

The Diamondbacks dropped their fourth straight, all at home, to fall to 2-13 at Chase Field this season.

Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood left in the sixth with tightness in his right elbow.

Tulowitzki also had a single and scored twice. In the first two games of the series, he is 5 for 6 with five RBIs and two home runs. He's also walked three times, meaning he's reached base in eight of his nine plate appearances.

"He's in a good place," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "He's hitting the ball all over the field and very hard. He's a great player."

Colorado's Nolan Arenado had an RBI single to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, longest in the majors this season. Justin Morneau's RBI triple extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

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