(Colo)-Rockies Win 5th Straight 5-4 At Arizona
By JOSE M. ROME - Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Nolan Arenado's tie-breaking three-run home run in the 8th inning powered the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
The Rockies took the first game of a key four-game series between the National League wild-card leader, Arizona, and second-place Colorado.
The Rockies moved 4 games behind the Diamondbacks and 3 1/2 ahead of idle St. Louis for the second wild card slot. Milwaukee, which had been tied with the Cardinals, was shutout by the Pirates and trail by 4.
The Rockies' winning rally started with two outs in the 8th. D.J. LeMahieu tripled over the top of an extreme defensive shift toward right field and Carlos Gonzalez walked against Diamondbacks reliever Jake Barrett (1-1).
Arenado , who earlier had an RBI double, then followed with his 33rd home run of the season
Arizona roared back in the bottom of the 8th with 2 runs to make it 5-4, then put runners on 2nd and 3rd in the 9th, but closer Greg Holland got a game-ending ground out to pick up his 40th save as the Rockies went on to win their 5th straight game and 7th straight on the road.
Rockies starter Kyle Freeland left the game in the 4th when he was struck by a line drive from JD Martinez near his left shoulder and neck. He stayed stayed on his feet and was led off the field after a visit from a trainer
Left-hander Tyler Anderson (4-5), activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday, came in and pitched 4 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts to get the victory.
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