Jordan Lyles got through seven innings in a respectable start for the Colorado Rockies but the offense struggled against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray in a 5-1 loss in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday night at Coors Field.
The Rockies, who lost the first game of the twin billing, 13-7, got much better starting pitching in the nightcap but finished the game with just five hits and six baserunners overall. In addition to not getting much help from his offense, a misplay by the defense hurt Lyles, too.
With two outs in the fifth inning, D-backs outfielder David Peralta lined a decently located changeup from Lyles over the head of Charlie Blackmon, who got a bad jump on the ball and mistimed his leap. Two runs crossed the plate, turning a tie game into a two-run deficit for the Rockies. The D-backs added a run a batter later on Paul Goldschmidt's bloop single.
Peralta's big hit continued his Rockies-killing tendencies. The 27-year-old native of Venezuela, whom the D-backs signed out of independent ball in 2013, entered Wednesday with a .362/.434/.702 line in 53 plate appearances against the Rockies.
Lyles allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out six batters and threw 62 of 98 pitches for strikes.
Michael McKenry drove in the Rockies' lone run with a double in the fourth inning. Troy Tulowitzki added a pair of singles in four plate appearances.
We'll have more on this game -- and the Rockies' rough day -- later tonight.
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