Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Charlie Blackmon broke a tie game in the sixth
and was one of four Rockies to homer in Colorado's 9-4 win over the Arizona
Diamondbacks on Friday.
Chris Dickerson also went deep in the sixth, providing a two-run shot, while
Troy Tulowitzki brought in a pair an inning later with a blast that broke the
Even Jhoulys Chacin (14-9) got in on the action, stroking the first home run
on his career to put the Rockies on the board. He was a bit erratic on the
mound -- walking five batters -- but yielded just two runs on six hits.
Tony Sipp (3-2) failed Arizona starter Randall Delgado, unable to record an
out in the sixth while allowing a pair of home runs. Delgado allowed two runs
on three hits and two walks over five innings.
Arizona was officially eliminated from playoff contention on Friday. It once
held a 9 1/2-game NL West lead over the now division champion Los Angeles
Dodgers back on June 22.
Arizona had a chance to break the 2-2 deadlock in their portion of the sixth,
but pinch-hitter Willie Bloomquist left the bases loaded when he lined out
hard to Todd Helton at first. The Rockies then went in front in the bottom
half of the frame, with Blackmon's inning-opening home run beginning a four-
Dickerson then blasted one over the right-center field wall with Josh Rutledge
aboard, giving the Rockies a three-run cushion. J.J. Putz took over for Sipp
on the mound, but served up three hits -- including Charlie Culberson's RBI
base single that put Colorado ahead, 6-2.
Paul Goldschmidt smacked his 35th home run for Arizona in the top of the
seventh, but Tulowitzki countered for Colorado in the bottom of the frame with
a two-run blast that put the hosts ahead by five.
Ryan Wheeler then supplied an RBI single in the eighth for Colorado. Manny
Corpas served up a run-scoring single to Goldschmidt with two away in the
ninth before recording the game's final out.
Arizona took the lead two batters into the game. Adam Eaton led off with a
triple and A.J. Pollock blasted his eighth home run of the season immediately
after to open a 2-0 lead.
Chacin had to deal with runners in scoring position for the next three
innings, but didn't allow another run. He had evened the game by third with
his two-run homer just clearing the left field wall.
Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He's homered four times
during the stretch ... The Rockies were 5-for-10 with runners in scoring
position, while the D'backs were just 2-for-12.
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