DENVER (AP) — DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yoshihisa Hirano in the ninth inning, and the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Wednesday night time.
LeMahieu hit a fastball over the fence in proper because the Rockies stored their 1½-game benefit over Los Angeles intact after the Dodgers beat Cincinnati earlier in the day. The Diamondbacks fell 3½ games behind in the division race. This is the newest in the season the Rockies have been alone in first place since 1995.
Trying for a save on consecutive nights, Hirano (4-3) allowed a single by Gerardo Parra off the glove of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to start the ninth. Charlie Blackmon bunted Goldschmidt over to second and LeMahieu adopted together with his first profession walk-off homer. He was doused with water after crossing home plate as followers chanted “DJ, DJ, DJ!”
Wade Davis (3-6) picked up the win by pitching an ideal ninth, including two strikeouts.
Nolan Arenado had an enormous night time for the Rockies with two doubles and a solo homer.
LeMahieu’s blast spoiled a strong outing by Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who allowed a season-high 10 hits, however navigated his means by way of bother. He went 6 1/Three innings and allowed three runs.
The left-hander’s most vital pitch was a slider to strike out LeMahieu with the bases loaded in the fourth.
Arizona’s bullpen bent a bit of in the eighth, issuing two walks, solely to have reliever Archie Bradley enter with two outs and get pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez to roll out.
Eduardo Escobar’s homer in the third inning was his 21st of the season and sixth with the Diamondbacks since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on July 27. Goldschmidt completed 2 for Four with a double and prolonged his streak of reaching base to 48 straight highway games. Alex Avila added a solo homer.
Since 2015, the Diamondbacks are actually 17-6 in opposition to Colorado throughout games performed in September or later — including their win in the NL wild-card contest final October.
Rockies starter Jon Gray labored on an evening he did not have his finest stuff. He was knocked out after 4 innings, permitting 4 runs.
Asked if he watches scoreboards, supervisor Bud Black quipped: “It’s hard not to. We have a beautiful scoreboard out there.”
Playing proper discipline, Gonzalez has a close-up view of the scoreboard over his shoulder.
“When we’re not winning, I go like this,” he mentioned, turning his heard as if he was wanting on the scoreboard. “Just to make sure the other team is not doing better.”
Arenado and Trevor Story are each beginning to get some point out in the NL MVP race. Gonzalez’s vote could be easy — each.
“Either way it goes, I will feel extremely happy,” he mentioned of the opportunity of a teammate successful the award.
Arizona RHP Clay Buchholz (7-2, 2.01 ERA) makes his first profession begin at Coors Field in the finale of a four-game sequence with Colorado on Thursday. The Rockies will throw Freeland (14-7, 2.91), who’s 8-2 at home this season. The game will likely be an MLB Facebook Watch broadcast.
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