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D-backs' hopes dealt setback by Rockies' rally

September 21, 2018

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hoped that the energy and good feelings from Wednesday night's win over the Cubs would carry over to Friday night's series opener against the Rockies.And when Arizona struck for two first-inning runs, it looked like it just might.However, the offense went quiet after that and the

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hoped that the energy and good feelings from Wednesday night's win over the Cubs would carry over to Friday night's series opener against the Rockies.
And when Arizona struck for two first-inning runs, it looked like it just might.
However, the offense went quiet after that and the Rockies picked away at the lead before putting together a decisive four-run rally in the eighth as they rolled to a 6-2 win at Chase Field.
"You get out to a 2-0 lead and you feel like things are going to go in a really good direction, especially with the way Zack [Greinke] was throwing the ball," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He was executing a great game plan. I felt like it was some of the best stuff I've seen him have all year. We were trying to capitalize on that, but they chipped away at him and obviously the eighth inning got away from us."

With the loss, the D-backs dropped six games back in the hunt for the final National League Wild Card berth and they remain six games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.
The D-backs, who began September in first place, are now 5-14 during the month, with a good portion of those losses coming in excruciating fashion.
"I think everything the last three weeks has stung a little more," reliever Brad Ziegler said. "It's been a lot of frustrating games. The way we've lost has been tough. It just seems like everything is magnified in September, especially in a playoff race, and tonight is no different."
David Peralta gave the D-backs the lead in the first with a two-run homer off German Marquez (13-10).

After that, though, the D-backs managed just four more hits off Marquez, who fanned 11 before he turned things over the bullpen in the eighth.
"You've got to give Marquez a little bit of credit," Lovullo said. "I know you hate to, but he shut us down after that two-run homer by David. I know it was his 29th home run. It's an impressive year that just keeps getting more and more impressive. Things were steering in a very good direction, and unfortunately we couldn't get anything going beyond that. And they played catch-up and got some crucial hits at the right time and broke the game open in the eighth inning."

Greinke (14-11) held the Rockies hitless through four innings before giving up single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Greinke was removed in the eighth with one out and a runner on, and the bullpen couldn't keep things tied.
Jake Diekman hit the only batter he faced, and Ziegler, who has been the team's best reliever of late, was victimized by some bloop hits and grounders that got through the infield as the Rockies scored four runs.
"I didn't feel like they were awful pitches," Ziegler said. "They were good pieces of hitting."
There weren't many: Once Marquez got rolling, scoring chances were few and far between for the D-backs, but they had one in the sixth when Jonathan Jay and Peralta each singled to put runners at first and second with one out. Marquez, though, fanned Paul Goldschmidt and got Daniel Descalso to fly to left to end the threat.

A replay review could have scuttled the Rockies' eighth had it gone the other way. With one out and two on, DJ LeMahieu grounded to Ziegler, who threw to shortstop Nick Ahmed covering second. Charlie Blackmon slid to the bag with his hands in the air, and Lovullo challenged that it was a slide-rule violation. However, replay confirmed that it was not a violation. Blackmon's foot went straight to second and he didn't appear to reach to interfere with Ahmed.
"It turned out to be a huge part of the game," Lovullo said. "I've seen that play called where they would call a double play, and I've also seen it go the other way it went tonight. Maybe a little inconsistent at times, but they do the best job they possibly can when they're sitting in that replay booth in New York."

"We're fighting for our playoff lives right here and basically every play matters. To feel like something kind of got taken out of our hands there, at least in that moment, it's frustrating. Our hitters are out there battling. Zack was tremendous tonight, battling to get deep in the game. I just don't like seeing it turn on something like that." -- Ziegler, on Blackmon's slide
The roof at Chase Field was open Friday night for the first time since June 1.
The D-backs continue their series with the Rockies on Saturday night with left-hander Patrick Corbin (11-6, 3.09 ERA) on the mound at 5:10 p.m. MST. For Corbin, who is a free agent this year, it could be his final start at Chase Field in a D-backs uniform. Over his last seven starts at home, he is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA. Antonio Senzatela (5-6, 4.81) will start for the Rockies.

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