Ramiel Tapia ripped a walk-off single off Matt Andriese in the 11th inning to score Ian Desmond and lift the Rockies to a 4-3 victory over Arizona on Monday afternoon at Coors Field.
It was the Rockies’ third walk-off victory in their last four games, and they evened their record at Coors Field to 12-12.
Desmond ignited the rally with a one-out double off the right-field wall. Desmond thought he had hit a walk-off homer, but a crew-chief review determined that the ball hit the top of the wall.
Rockies reliever Bryan Shaw saved the day in the top of the 10th inning and bailed out Desmond in the process. Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson led off the inning with a blast to right center, where Desmond ran the ball down and was in prime position to make the catch, but the ball glanced off his glove. Dyson was credited with a triple, but it was a play Desmond should have made. Shaw, however, got three groundball outs to escape peril.
The Rockies blew a huge chance to win the game in the ninth inning. Trevor Story led off with a pinch-hit walk and then stole his ninth base off the season. But he was stranded when Desmond struck out, David Dahl flew out to deep left and Nolan Arenado flied out to the warning track in right.
The Rockies would not have been in a position to win had it not been for Arenado’s clutch hit in the seventh inning.
The third baseman works his tail off for moments such as this: two outs, bases loaded, the Rockies trailing 3-1 and D-backs hard-throwing right-hander Archie Bradley coming in from the bullpen for a late-game showdown. Arenado, naturally, ripped Bradley’s 1-0, 96 mph fastball into left field to drive in Yonathan Daza and Tapia to tie the game. Arenado is hitting .408 with runners in scoring position.
Arizona starter Zack Greinke was, as usual, terrific. He pitched six innings of four-hit ball, striking out six and walking two as he lowered his ERA to 2.78. Over his last eight starts, he’s 4-1 with a 1.49 ERA. His one big mistake was a 1-0 changeup to Dahl, who blasted the pitch 432 feet to center for his fourth home run. The homer was Dahl’s first since May 2, a span of 66 at-bats between home runs.
Rockies right-hander Jon Gray went toe-to-toe with Greinke — and nearly matched him — leaving the mound with one out in the sixth inning and trailing 2-1.
Gray allowed just five hits, all singles, but a leadoff walk in the fourth inning cost him. Arizona’s Dyson drew the free pass on eight pitches, scampered to third on Ildemaro Vargas’ single (via the hit-and-run play) and scored on Ketel Marte’s sacrifice fly.
The Diamondbacks grabbed a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Vargas led off with a single, advanced to third on Marte’s hit-and-run single through the left side, then scored on Educardo Escobar’s bloop single to right.
Although Gray threw only 84 pitches, manager Bud Black lifted him in favor of Jairo Diaz, who put down the rally. However, Nick Ahmed ripped a 417-foot home run to right field off Diaz to lead off the seventh, putting Colorado in a 3-1 hole.