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