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D-backs rebound vs. Rockies for walk-off win

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PHOENIX -- In just his fifth game in a D-backs uniform, Ketel Marte delivered his first walk-off hit. Marte's ninth-inning single off Chris Rusin scored Brandon Drury from third base as the D-backs won in dramatic fashion vs. the Rockies, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

Marte, who was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, went 2-for-4 in his second start with the D-backs.

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PHOENIX -- In just his fifth game in a D-backs uniform, Ketel Marte delivered his first walk-off hit. Marte's ninth-inning single off Chris Rusin scored Brandon Drury from third base as the D-backs won in dramatic fashion vs. the Rockies, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

Marte, who was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, went 2-for-4 in his second start with the D-backs.

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"Great moment for Ketel," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "Obviously, just getting called up, you always look for little push moments like that to help you move on to the next day. It was just a special moment for him and this team. A bunch of people created that moment.

"We have to remember that he's got some experience. He's not a rookie. I think he just probably went to somewhere inside of his memory to say, 'See the ball up.' All of those lessons that you learn along the way, he executed, and it was a beautiful thing."

Video: COL@ARI: Lovullo discusses walk-off win, All-Stars

The D-backs took two of three from the Rockies to move 4 1/2 games ahead of them for second place in the National League West.

The Rockies, who have lost 10 of their last 11 and went 1-8 on an NL West road trip but still would be the second NL Wild Card if that were relevant today, took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Trevor Story's RBI single, but Chris Owings hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to put the D-backs ahead. The Rockies quickly tied things up in the fifth when Charlie Blackmon scored on Nolan Arenado's single.

Video: COL@ARI: Arenado singles to drive in Blackmon

Drury's RBI double in the sixth gave the D-backs a 3-2 lead, which they carried into the ninth before the Rockies managed to tie the game off closer Fernando Rodney. However, Rodney coaxed fly balls from DJ LeMahieu and Arenado. The inability to deliver big hits has been one of several painful themes during this stretch.

"We're not even playing good baseball yet, and everyone knows it -- it's obvious," Arenado said. "We haven't really hit our stride yet. It's a matter of us going out and doing it. I feel like I've talked about this a few times. Enough's enough with the talking.

"It's not like we're playing scrubs. We're playing good teams that are beating us, and we've got to get hot."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Drury delivers: Drury made up for a fourth-inning error by roping a two-out double to score a go-ahead run two innings later. Drury's single scored Jake Lamb, who had reached on an infield single and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Owings kept the inning alive with a walk before Drury landed the big hit against Rockies starter German Marquez, who struck out six in 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs.

Video: COL@ARI: Drury doubles in the 6th to bring home Lamb

Marquez said he didn't bury his slider like he wanted on the big hit, but otherwise felt good about the outing.

"This has been one of my best outings lately -- my fastball command was very consistent and my breaking balls had some good bite and depth," Marquez said in Spanish, with first-base coach Tony Diaz translating.

Blackmon ends Rodney's streak: With the Rockies down to their final two outs, Blackmon cracked an RBI single in the ninth to score Ryan Hanigan from second and knot the game at 3. That marked the first time a team had scored a run on Rodney in over two months, dating back to April 29. The Rockies also tallied the first hit against Rodney since May 26, a span of 11 games and 10 2/3 innings.

THE NICKS CONTINUE
During the winter many fans agonized over the alleged crowd in the Rockies' outfield. But there have been major and nagging injuries practically since Spring Training began. Another occurred in the fourth inning Sunday, when left fielder Ian Desmond suffered a right calf strain while chasing a fly ball and had to leave the game. Most likely he is day to day. He declined to speak to the media.

Video: COL@ARI: Desmond has to exit after making the catch

But if you're scoring at home, Desmond didn't appear until April 30 because of a fractured left hand, David Dahl has yet to play because of a stress reaction in the sixth rib, Carlos Gonzalez will return Monday after missing the road trip with a right shoulder strain, and Gerardo Parra will finally have a rehab assignment this week after having suffered a right quadriceps strain June 6.

REPLAY REVIEW
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Marte was called safe at second on a stolen-base attempt. After Colorado challenged the call and umpires reviewed the play, the call was reversed and Marte was ruled out at second for the first out of the inning.

Video: COL@ARI: Rockies nab Marte stealing after review

WHAT'S NEXT
Rockies: After a 1-8 road trip, the Rockies have six much-needed games at Coors Field heading into the All-Star break. In the first, righty Jeff Hoffman (4-1, 4.04 ERA) will start against the Reds and righty Luis Castillo (0-0, 3.38) on Monday at 6:10 p.m. MT.

D-backs: With a 10-game homestand now in the books, the D-backs will take Monday off and then hit the road for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium with hopes of gaining some ground on the NL West leaders. Arizona will start Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.76 ERA) on Tuesday to counter Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw at 6:10 p.m. MST.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Brandon Drury, Ketel Marte, Chris Owings, Trevor Story