PHOENIX (AP) — Extra-inning games seem to suit the Arizona Diamondbacks quite well.
The D-backs improved to 6-0 in extra frames this season by beating the Colorado Rockies 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday night. Cody Ross hit a long fly ball to left-center field that was run down near the warning track by Rockies center fielder Dexter Pollock but allowed A.J. Pollock to score from third base without a throw, and Ross’ teammates sprinted from the dugout to congratulate him after Pollock crossed home plate.
Ross also tripled in a run in the first inning to give the D-backs a 2-0 lead three batters after Pollock hit a solo home run.
J.J. Putz earned the win with a scoreless top of the 10th to improve to 2-0.
Pollock led off the bottom of the inning with a single off Edgmer Escalona (1-1). With one out, he stole second base and went to third on a throwing error by Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario. The Rockies then intentionally walked Miguel Montero to have Escalona face Ross.
“That guy has good stuff. He throws hard and has a good slider,” Ross said of Escalona. “I was just looking for something out over the plate that I could get some good wood on, and fortunately it got in the air and Pollock was able to score easily.”
The Diamondbacks turned three double plays in the first five innings. The Rockies loaded the bases in the first and fifth innings against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley but failed to score each time.
On the night of a garden gnome giveaway promotion bearing his name, Miley struggled with his control more than in any of his previous four starts this season. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings and threw 98 pitches, walking seven. Miley walked four in the first inning but remarkably got out of the situation with a double play that was sandwiched between the walks and then an inning-ending strikeout.
“I just didn’t have it tonight, and that was pretty much the bottom line. I tried to battle through it but didn’t have it,” Miley said. “I was scuffling out there. I was lucky.”
Rosario homered off reliever Brad Ziegler in the sixth, and the Rockies tied it when Troy Tulowitzki singled in Fowler with the tying run with two outs in the seventh.
Fowler had reached second on a hustle double, sliding headfirst and avoiding the tag. Tulowitzki was thrown out at second trying to stretch his RBI single into a double.
The Diamondbacks had a chance to take the lead in the seventh, but Gerardo Parra was stranded at third after he singled and reached third base on a wild pitch.
The Rockies had their best late chance in the eighth when Michael Cuddyer and Rosario singled to start the inning. But Cuddyer was picked off on a throw from Montero to shortstop Cliff Pennington, and Rosario was doubled off second base after straying too far off the bag on a liner to Parra in right field.
NOTES: Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius felt soreness from the contusion on the right side of his head a day after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from the Rockies’ Josh Outman in the seventh inning Friday. Gregorius did not play in Saturday’s game. … The Diamondbacks played a man short on their 25-man active roster on Saturday while deciding whether to make a roster move involving Gregorius. … Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps, played in an extended spring training game Saturday and is scheduled to continue his rehabilitation at Triple-A Reno on Monday and Tuesday.