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Diamondbacks snap streak against Rockies on big night from Walker

Drew Creasman Avatar
July 6, 2019

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It all fell apart in the fifth.

The Colorado Rockies never quite felt like they were in the first contest of their final three game set before the All-Star break against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Even before the game started it was clear that Antonio Senzatela versus Zack Greinke was not a match-up that the visitors were likely to emerge victorious from.

Colorado managed just four hits against Greinke and did not draw a walk in the game until Daniel Murphy did so with two outs in the ninth. Ultimately, they could not score, going down 8-0.

Still, it was a close game through the first four innings. The Rockies were unable to take advantage of some good breaks in the fourth after an error and an odd interference call but Greinke got Charlie Blackmon to pop out and David Dahl to strike out looking, stranding runners at second and third.

In the fourth, Senzatela got a few quick outs and nearly induced his third double play of the game but there wasn’t quite enough time for the relay throw which left space for Christian Walker to hit the first of two back-breaking home runs for the Snakes.

Then came the fifth.

A solid single for Jake Lamb and a walk to Nick Ahmed still didn’t have alarm bells going off with the way Senza had been producing ground balls. He got Alex Avila to swing through a couple of sliders but hung a third one just enough for the Diamondbacks catcher to get underneath it and keep it just fair inside the line in right for a two-run double.

After Greinke flied to right for the first out, Jarrod Dyson singled over the head of Ryan McMahon at second and Ketel Marte walked, prompting Bud Black to head to the mound to replace Senzatela with Jesus Tinoco.

Tinoco got Eduardo Escobar to fly out to center for a sac fly but missed on a first-pitch fastball right in the heart of the plate to Walker who blasted it over the wall in center to put the game out of reach.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Rockies over the Diamondbacks.

Jon Gray will take on Robbie Ray in the second game of the series set for 8:10 Mountain Time on Saturday night.

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