PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have won their third
consecutive game, their first such streak in a little more than
Danny Bautista drove in a run with his second double of the game
in the seventh inning and scored on Alex Cintron's sacrifice fly,
lifting the Diamondbacks to an 8-5 victory over the Colorado
Rockies on Thursday.
Rookie Chad Tracy added a two-run homer in the eighth off
Chin-hui Tsao to help the Diamondbacks rally from an early 4-0
deficit and win three straight for the first time since sweeping
San Francisco from June 1-3.
"That shows the character of the guys on the team," Tracy
said. "None of these guys have ever given up during a game, and
that's why they're here -- because we've always been competitors."
Chad Durbin earned the win despite walking three in his only
inning of work. With the game tied at 4, Durbin (1-0) walked Todd
Helton and Jeromy Burnitz before giving up a two-out RBI single to
Garrett Atkins, who drove in three runs.
Clint Barmes had a two-run homer for Colorado.
Scott Dohmann (0-3) took the loss in relief. He survived a
leadoff double by Jerry Gil in the sixth, but walked Robby Hammock
and gave up Bautista's double in the seventh. Allan Simpson got one
out before Cintron broke a 5-all with a sacrifice fly to left.
"We did a pretty good job today," Cintron said. "In this
series specifically, with good pitching, (we) played good defense,
good hitting, getting men in position, all the right things to win
"We need to finish strong so we build some kind of momentum
going to spring training next year," Arizona manager Al Pedrique
The Diamondbacks rallied to tie it against starter Jeff Francis,
who could not protect a four-run lead. He allowed four runs on nine
hits -- the most in his brief, five-start career -- in five innings.
"He wasn't as sharp today as he has been," manager Clint
Hurdle said. "Nine hits, a walk, hit a batter. But, you know, he
held his ground. He didn't collapse."
Hammock drove in Randolph in the third with a one-out double,
cutting Colorado's advantage to 4-1.
Arizona then tied it in the fourth. Randolph lined his double
into the gap with runners on the corners, and Terrero followed with
another double off the center-field wall.
The Rockies scored twice in both the first and second innings to
build a 4-0 lead.
Barmes followed Aaron Miles' leadoff double with an attempted
sacrifice, but he legged it out for a single. Randolph later walked
Todd Greene to load the bases, and Atkins singled to center to make
Barmes hit a 1-2 pitch into the Arizona bullpen the next inning
after a leadoff single by Choo Freeman.
Randolph, who allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks in
5 1-3 innings, retired his next nine batters.
Reliever Scott Service helped Randolph escape a bases-loaded jam
in the sixth when he got Miles to ground into an inning-ending
"You go into every game thinking you're going to win," said
Helton, who went 0-for-3. "But it's all about making key hits, and
Helton was 0-for-11 in the series, but held onto fourth in
the NL with a .332 batting average. He drew two walks, increasing
his franchise record to 117. ... Arizona's franchise record is
eight doubles in a game. The last time the Diamondbacks had seven
doubles was June 14, 2003, at Minnesota.