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D-backs fall back in lopsided loss to Rockies

Godley finds trouble in pivotal 5th as Colorado widens lead
September 10, 2018

DENVER -- It looked ugly. It no doubt felt bad.But the D-backs' 13-2 loss to the Rockies on Monday night at Coors Field was not an elimination game, just one that made Arizona's climb in the National League West standings more difficult.With the loss, the D-backs fell to 3 1/2

DENVER -- It looked ugly. It no doubt felt bad.
But the D-backs' 13-2 loss to the Rockies on Monday night at Coors Field was not an elimination game, just one that made Arizona's climb in the National League West standings more difficult.
With the loss, the D-backs fell to 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Rockies with 18 games to play. The second-place Dodgers lost to the Reds, so the D-backs remain two games behind Los Angeles.
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The D-backs have lost eight of their last 10 games and in their just-completed series with the Braves, they lost a pair of 10-inning games and another in which they allowed six ninth-inning runs.
"It's tough," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "Any time you lose a game like we did, and two of the past three games, they've kicked our [butt]. That's not a good feeling at all. I know our guys are tough and they're going to come out [Tuesday]. The beauty of it is today is only one loss. It counts as one, whether you lose the way we did or lose a close one as we have. You get ready and gear it up tomorrow and make it happen tomorrow. That's all we can do."
The D-backs still have three games left in this series with the Rockies and they have three more matchups with them later this month at home. Arizona still has three games at home against the Dodgers as well.
In other words, the D-backs can make up the ground they need to, but they need to start winning games.
"Not the way we envisioned starting this big series," veteran infielder Daniel Descalso said. "Right now, we're just not doing enough. We're not doing enough offensively. We're not doing enough to limit the other team from scoring runs. We're just not doing enough to win ballgames. We need to change that fast or this is going to get away from us. We're running out of games here now."
The D-backs actually led early when A.J. Pollock led off the game with a triple and scored when Eduardo Escobar followed with a single to center.

Arizona starter Zack Godley (14-9) made that lead hold up through four innings before things unraveled in a hurry for him in the fifth.
The first five Rockies in the inning reached base and Trevor Story capped a six-run outburst with a three-run homer off reliever Silvino Bracho.

The Rockies continued to pour it on in the seventh off reliever Matt Andriese as they scored seven runs, including a grand slam by David Dahl.
"I thought he came out and was executing a really good game plan against a very offensive team," Lovullo said. "We go to the fifth inning ahead, 1-0, and you feel like you're in a good spot. But things happen quickly in this ballpark. We talked about keeping runners off base and we gave up a crooked number."

Wants it back: Godley pointed to the fifth-inning at-bat by Tony Wolters as the moment the game spun away from him. The D-backs led, 1-0, at that point and Ian Desmond had led off with a double to center. With Wolters at the plate, Desmond jockeyed around off second base, possibly trying to distract Godley, who had his trouble throwing to bases exposed by the Rockies earlier this year. Wolters wound up singling to center to score Desmond and Colorado was on its way.
"If I can get Wolters out right there that forces the pitcher [German Marquez] to hit, and honestly he's a pretty good hitting pitcher, but I think I can get him out there," said Godley, who added he wasn't bothered by Desmond at second. "And I'm OK with facing [Marquez] there with a guy on second and one out. So I think the Wolters at-bat there was huge for me. He put a good swing on the ball and got a hit.

The D-backs have allowed double-digit runs four times this year, with three of those games coming against the Rockies.
"We have to play better. I don't know really what else to say. The teams that get into the postseason are the teams that are able to get ahead, add on and win ballgames. We're just not doing that right now." -- Descalso
The D-backs continue their series with the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field with right-hander Zack Greinke (13-9, 3.08 ERA) on the mound. Greinke allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Braves in his last start. He is 11-5 with a 3.75 ERA in 28 career games (27 starts) against the Rockies. Colorado will counter with right-hander Antonio Senzatela (4-5, 4.92), with first pitch set for 5:40 p.m. MST.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.