DENVER (AP) -- With a low arm angle and a nasty slider, Colorado
Rockies closer Brian Fuentes had allowed only two hits to
left-handed hitters all season.
Knowing this, Arizona's Chad Tracy went up there with one
intention -- swinging where he thought the ball might be. After
taking a slider, Tracy guessed right on the next pitch and his
grand slam helped send the Diamondbacks to an 8-7 win over the
Colorado Rockies Saturday night.
"I was just trying to make contact," Tracy said of his second
career grand slam, both coming this season. "I got a pitch I could
handle. He's hard to hit."
On this night, the Diamondbacks teed off on the All-Star closer
in the ninth. Arizona tagged Fuentes (2-2) for six runs and six
hits in one-third of an inning.
Luis Vizcaino (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.
After scoring seven runs in the ninth -- sending 12 batters to
the plate and going through four Colorado pitchers -- the
Diamondbacks figured the game was secure.
The Rockies had a rally of their own, scoring six runs in the
bottom of the ninth to pull within one, but Jorge Julio struck out
Omar Quintanilla with runners on first and second for his ninth
save in 10 chances.
"We threw a punch back," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
Arizona manager Bob Melvin leaned back in his chair after the
game, exhausted from watching the ninth inning. Starters Jason Jennings and Brandon Webb, neither figuring in the decision, gave
up two runs between them.
"Both starters were unbelievable," Melvin said.
The teams combined for 13 runs in the ninth, marking the most
runs scored in the last inning in the majors since the Detroit
Tigers scored 13 on Aug. 8, 2001, at Texas.
"I thought we were going to breeze through," Webb said after
giving up one run and striking out six in seven innings. "You
never say that at Coors Field. It's a little crazy here."
The Diamondbacks added a few more insurance runs, and they
needed all of them.
After Johnny Estrada struck out, Orlando Hudson doubled and
Counsell singled. With one out, Ramon Ramirez came in for Fuentes.
Jeff DaVanon hit a sacrifice fly off Ray King, and Byrnes and Green
also had run-scoring singles in the inning for the Diamondbacks.
Fuentes had held lefties to an .067 average this season
(2-for-30) but allowed lefties Tracy and Green to get hits off him
in the inning.
"It wasn't Brian's finest hour," Hurdle said. "He got the
ball up and in the middle of the plate. That's a recipe for bad
things to happen."
Jennings was cruising along before he surrendered a game-tying
home run to Counsell off the right-field foul pole in the eighth.
It was Counsell's third home run of the season.
"Counsell has had some success off me," Jennings said of
Counsell, who's hitting .393 off the Rockies' ace.
Jennings pitched eight innings, striking out eight and allowing
six hits. In his last three outings, he's given up 11 hits in 22
Yorvit Torrealba hit an RBI single in the fifth and a three-run
double in the ninth for Colorado.
Webb didn't allow a ball out of the infield until the fourth
inning. The Rockies had six groundouts and three strikeouts to
start the game.
In the fourth, Carroll led off with a double to right-center and
Quintanilla bunted him over to third. Todd Helton hit a flyball to
center and Carroll tagged on the play. Byrnes then threw a strike
to Estrada from center to nail Carroll at the plate.
After the game, Melvin raved about Estrada's defense. He also
threw out two baserunners. Not bad for someone taking a ball in the
chin early on and having a bad headache.
"He played great," Melvin said.
Byrnes also was robbed of a two-run home run by Matt Holliday in
the third. Holliday reached over the left-field fence to make the
catch. Jennings waited at the top of the dugout steps to thank
Holliday for the catch.
Colorado had won five straight series before Arizona came
to town. It's the first home series loss since June 9-11 against
Los Angeles. ... Jackson was 3-for-5.
Schwarber hits leadoff homer for Nats
Kyle Schwarber starts the Nationals' lineup with a deep shot to the right field stands.
How is MLB planning to address foreign substance use by pitchers?
Buster Olney joins Get Up to report on the latest efforts to curtail foreign substance use in baseball.
Milwaukee Brewers acquire reliever Hunter Strickland from Los Angeles Angels
Hunter Strickland is switching teams again, as the Milwaukee Brewers acquired the reliever from the Los Angeles Angels for cash on Saturday.
Sources: MLB finalizing memo on rule against use of foreign substances by pitchers
MLB is putting the final touches on a memo that will detail the sport's rule against foreign substances, with the expectation among some sources that the document will be forwarded to teams sometime in the next few days.
Jacob deGrom on track to make next scheduled start for New York Mets
Jacob deGrom, who left Friday's game with flexor tendinitis, is not expected to miss a start for the Mets. His 0.56 ERA is the lowest ever by a pitcher through 10 starts.
Washington Nationals place Daniel Hudson on 10-day injured list with elbow issue
The Nationals placed right-handed reliever Daniel Hudson on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation Saturday.