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Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/14)

Game 1: Monday, September 13
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 14
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 15
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Game 4: Thursday, September 16
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Rockies 3

(63-81, 29-43 away)

Diamondbacks 4

(44-101, 23-50 home)

    9:35 PM ET, September 14, 2004

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: R. Choate (2-3)

    L: S. Reed (3-7)

    D-Backs win for 2nd time in 12 games

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Shea Hillenbrand showed exactly why his young Arizona Diamondbacks teammates look up to him.

    Hillenbrand hit a run-scoring double in the 13th inning, giving the Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

    "Usually in situations late in the game where we have a one-run lead or are tied, you kind of let things slip," he said. "It's unfamiliar territory for a lot of guys on this team, but we stayed solid and made good plays, made good pitches and came up with some hitting in a timely situation."

    Hillenbrand, swinging on a 3-0 count, drove the ball into the left-center gap off Steve Reed (3-7) for his second RBI of the game, scoring Josh Kroeger from second. Kroeger led off the 13th with a single and advanced on Danny Bautista's sacrifice bunt.

    Randy Choate (2-3) allowed one hit in two innings for the Diamondbacks, who won for only the second time in 12 games.

    Arizona came close to winning in the 12th.

    Jerry Gil singled with two outs, stole second and was sent home by third base coach Glenn Sherlock on Luis Terrero's single between first and second. But Todd Helton kept the ball in the infield while Gil slipped on the grass after rounding third and fell down. When he got up, catcher J.D. Closser had the ball and tagged Gil out near third.

    "To me it was a good decision by Sherlock, the way the game was going," Arizona manager Al Pedrique said.

    Colorado's Brad Hawpe hit a two-out double off Choate in the 12th inning, but was stranded when Aaron Miles grounded out.

    The Rockies also threatened in the 11th when Brian Bruney hit Vinny Castilla in the hand with a pitch leading off. But Jeromy Burnitz lined out to Gil at shortstop, starting a double play, and Mark Sweeney popped up for the third out.

    Doug DeVore's RBI single sent Arizona to a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning, but Rockies pitchers retired the next 18 Diamondbacks before Gil singled off Allan Simpson.

    Rockies manager Clint Hurdle praised his bullpen, which has blown more saves (29) than any other team.

    "They both threw two innings and did their job," Hurdle said, referring to Simpson and Reed. "Reed had a day off. I don't think he got the ball located where he wanted to, 3-0 on Hillenbrand, obviously."

    Castilla, who had two homers the night before, drove in two runs with a pair of singles, tying Scott Rolen of St. Louis for the NL lead in RBI (121). Luis Gonzalez had a solo homer for the Rockies, who fell to 8-5 in their last 13 games.

    Each RBI single by Castilla tied the game.

    Arizona's Chad Tracy, who had an RBI single in the first inning, broke the 2-2 tie when he doubled leading off and scored on DeVore's single.

    "We could have folded a couple times during the game," Tracy said. "We had key situations when we didn't score runs, but we didn't fold and we battled to the end."

    Mike Gosling was impressive in his first major league start for Arizona, striking out six and allowing two runs on three hits -- including Gonzalez's homer -- and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.

    Jason Jennings went seven innings for the Rockies, allowing three runs and nine hits.

    Gosling, who had surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff in September 2003, was lifted in the sixth after walking two batters to set up Castilla's RBI single that tied the score at 2.

    "You could say we don't know him, but he still pitched a great game," Castilla said. "He's got great stuff, he hits his spots and his velocity is good."

    Mike Fetters got Gonzalez on an inning-ending groundout, and Chad Durbin pitched a perfect seventh.

    The Diamondbacks got two runs in the first on four singles, including two that never left the infield. Hillenbrand had an RBI groundout, and Tracy made it 2-0 with a sharp grounder off Helton's glove just inside first base.

    Gonzalez cut the deficit in half in the second when he drove the ball into the swimming pool behind the fence in right-center on the fly.

    Game notes


    Jennings has three 30-start seasons in three years in the majors. ... For a second straight night, the roof at air-conditioned Bank One Ballpark was open after being shut for 30 midsummer games since July 3. ... Gonzalez's homer was the 185th allowed by the Diamondbacks this year -- 10 off the franchise record set in 2001. ... The Rockies have gone a franchise-record 13 games without a loss by a starter.

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