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Rockies offense listless in 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks

The Rockies finish road trip with an 1-8 record.

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Rockies lost 4-3 to the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth Sunday afternoon.

Taijuan Walker was excellent for the Diamondbacks. Besides allowing a run in the fourth and fifth innings, he held the Rockies in check, striking out eight batters in his seven innings while allowing six hits and walking one.

The fourth inning was eventful. The Rockies got their first run in the fourth when Ian Desmond walked, and Raimel Tapia followed tup by reaching on an error. Trevor Story, who has had some pretty bad at bats lately, singled in Desmond to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half, Márquez walked Paul Goldschmidt to lead off the inning. After striking out Jake Lamb, Chris Owings took Márquez deep to left field—deep meaning a high fly ball that barely made it over the fence—to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.

Ian Desmond also got injured in the fourth while fielding a line out. He came up limping after successfully making the play, and the Rockies removed him from the game. Mike Tauchman entered in Desmond’s stead.

The Rockies tied up the game in the fifth inning. With one out, Charlie Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu hit back to back singles to put runners on first and second. Nolan Arenado followed up with a single of his own to tie the game. Unfortunately, the Rockies couldn’t add any more. Mark Reynolds grounded into a double play to end the inning.

While Márquez was sharp for most of the game, especially his breaking pitches, it fell apart for him in the sixth inning. He retired the first two batters of the inning, but Jake Lamb singled, and Márquez walked Owings to put two on. With his pitch count exceeding 100, Márquez attempted to retire Brandon Drury to end the inning. But Drury doubled to give the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead and push Márquez out of the game. Scott Oberg, who is good now, got Chris Iannetta to fly out to end the inning.

Márquez finished with 523 innings pitched. He allowed five hits and gave up three runs while walking three and striking out six. Another bright spot in a rough day was Antonio Senzatela. He looked excellent in his two innings of relief work, in particular with the 99 mph fastball that struck out Paul Goldschmidt.

The Rockies got into the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in the eighth inning. The D-backs right-handed De La Rosa, Rubby, got the first two outs of the inning. Their left-handed De La Rosa, Jorge, entered to record the third out, despite allowing a hit.

The Rockies tied it up as part of the Fernando Rodney Experience. Rodney entered the game in the ninth. While he got Story to fly out to start the inning, Ryan Hanigan, Tony Wolters, and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive singles to tie the game. LeMahieu flew out to short right field, and that brought up Arenado. Unfortunately, he couldn’t sustain the rally. Arenado’s fly out to center field kept the game tied heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.

Adam Ottavino came for the Rockies in the ninth. He threw as many nasty sliders as hanging ones, which resulted in putting two runners on with one out. Ottavino started off well by getting Owings to ground out. But Drury followed that up with a single, and Iannetta doubled after that. With runners on second and third with one out, Bud Black went to Chris Rusin to try and salvage the game.

But, it didn’t work. Ketel Marte singled to give the Diamondbacks the 4-3 win. The Rockies wrap up the road trip 1-8. They’ve now lost 10 of their last 11 games.

The Rockies will finish up the first half of the season with seven games at home against the Reds and the White Sox. The Rockies and Reds start at 6:10 MT tomorrow. Luis Castillo will face Jeff Hoffman.