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Rockies almost shut out Diamondbacks for first win of the season

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After a close call in the ninth, the Rockies held on to defeat the Diamondbacks three to one on Saturday, evening their record at 1-1.

Jorge de la Rosa showed the Rockies that their off season money was well spent for five and a third innings before leaving in the sixth inning with a blister problem. De la Rosa allowed only three hits and walked one in the start, while striking out five. With the blister issue, however, the Rockies have had a second consecutive rotation member either get pulled early or be ineffective due to finger wounds. Ubaldo Jimenez's lost velocity in the season opener on Friday was blamed on a cut open cuticle.

The Rockies scored their three runs off of Diamondbacks starter Daniel Hudson, as Chris Iannetta led the way on offense with a pair of hits, including an RBI double, and two runs scored. The Rockies relief corps was effective backing up De La Rosa, with Matt Belisle coming in on short notice in the sixth and pitching one and two thirds innings of scoreless one hit ball. Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street finished the job with an inning apiece, Street's with more than a little bit of drama.