Tapia singles in winning run in 11th, Rox beat D’backs 4-3
DENVER — Raimel Tapia singled in the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Colorado Rockies another dramatic victory, 4-3 over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
It was Colorado’s third walk-off win in four games. The Rockies won two of three over the weekend against Baltimore in their final at-bat.
Ian Desmond set up Tapia’s clutch swing with a double that hit the top of the right-field fence and bounced into play. After a quick review to see if it was a homer, Desmond remained at second. On the next pitch from Matt Andriese (3-3), Tapia hit a grounder through the middle for his second career game-ending RBI.
Tapia also made a diving catch of a sinking liner earlier in the game that prevented some runs.
Seunghwan Oh (2-1) earned the win with a 1-2-3 11th inning.
Colorado trailed 3-1 before Nolan Arenado’s two-run single off Archie Bradley with two out in the seventh. Arenado is hitting .419 this month.
The Diamondbacks dodged a dicey situation in the 10th after Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers drew walks. Arizona escaped when McMahon was thrown out at third trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt.
Jarrod Dyson led off the 10th with a triple off the glove of Colorado’s Ian Desmond, who had just entered in center. Bryan Shaw worked his way around it courtesy of three grounders.
The Rockies spoiled a stellar outing for a clean-cut Zack Greinke, who allowed one run and four hits over six innings after ditching his long locks. With Greinke gone, the Rockies capitalized on the bullpen.
Nick Ahmed had a solo homer for the Diamondbacks, who were coming off a sweep in San Francisco where they matched a franchise mark for a three-game series by scoring 34 runs.
Colorado right-hander Jon Gray had a solid outing in his 100th career start. He went 5 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs. David Dahl lined a solo shot to center in the fourth for first homer since May 2.
For much of the afternoon, it was the Greinke & Gray Show as both hurlers kept things in check.
Greinke had his full repertoire of pitches working, especially his off-speed offerings. He struck out McMahon on a 68 mph curve and Tony Wolters on a 66 mph pitch in the second. Greinke has 49 strikeouts on pitches 70 mph or slower since 2018, which is tops in the major league.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver was placed on the 10-day injured list with forearm tightness. He was scheduled to have an MRI in Phoenix.
Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right calf. The move is retroactive to May 24.
IN GOOD STANDING
When asked if Memorial Day provided a good gauge of where a team is in the standings, Rockies manager Bud Black cracked: “The standings always give you a pretty good read of where you are in the standings.”
THIS & THAT
Rockies outfielder Yonathan Daza picked up his first major league hit with a blooper to right in the seventh. … Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz surrendered Ahmed’s homer on his 28th birthday.
Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (4-5, 4.75 ERA) will make his first career appearance against Colorado on Tuesday. The Rockies will throw righty Antonio Senzatela (3-4, 6.21 ERA), who is coming off the shortest start of his career. Senzatela allowed eight runs in 3 1/3 innings at Pittsburgh last week.AlertMe