DENVER (AP) -- Shawn Estes was missing his best pitch and he
still managed to throw another outstanding game at Coors Field.
"My curveball wasn't great tonight," said Estes, who improved
to 12-6 lifetime at Coors Field. "I got a majority of my outs on
my fastball, but I kept them off-balance with my changeup."
Estes (7-7) allowed five hits, walked four and struck out two.
The left-hander was activated from the disabled list before the
game -- he had been out since July 6 with a stress fracture in his
"This is not the ideal place to come back from the DL," Estes
said. "Your body doesn't feel as good out there with the altitude,
you get dehydrated and my body just didn't feel great today.
"But when you get into the flow of the game and get the
adrenaline going, then that kind of stuff leaves."
The Rockies stranded nine runners in the first six innings
"Some of it is the pitching," Colorado's Todd Helton said.
"Some of it is us."
Rockies starter Byung-Hyun Kim (5-11) matched a career high with
eight strikeouts. He gave up three runs and eight hits in six
Kim was once an effective closer for Arizona. He pitched for the
Diamondbacks from 1999-03.
Gonzalez, who had three hits, singled and Helton walked with one
out in the third. After a double steal as Matt Holliday struck out,
Atkins tapped weakly back to Estes.
The Rockies also left runners at second and third in the sixth.
Estes got pinch-hitters Ryan Shealy to pop out and Todd Greene to
"We couldn't buy a hit when we needed one," Colorado manager
Clint Hurdle said. "We went three games where we got the hit when
we needed it and we haven't been able to get one the last three
The Diamondbacks stranded four runners and hit into two double
plays in the first four innings before Tracy's 21st homer in the
Estes reached on a fielder's choice and Counsell drew a one-out
walk. Tracy followed with a long drive to center.
"The pitch came back out over the plate a little bit," Tracy
said. "I just tried to put a good bat on it and I hit it pretty
Glaus hit his 31st homer in the ninth and pinch-hitter Alex
Cintron added an RBI double.
"You have to put a game away and that's what Estes does,"
To clear a roster spot for Estes, Arizona recalled
infielder Jerry Gil from Double-A Tennessee and placed him on the
60-day disabled list. ... Right-hander Dustin Nippert is scheduled
to start for Arizona on Sept. 16 against Colorado. ... Atkins has a
career-high 14-game hitting streak.
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