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Diamondbacks lose to Rockies 9-7 on Reynolds’ homer in 9th

By BRENT W. NEWJune 27, 2016
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin reacts after giving up a grand slam to Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Denver. The Rockies won 9-7. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin reacts after giving up a grand slam to Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez in the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Denver. The Rockies won 9-7. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Patrick Corbin faded fast and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended their positive road trip with a thud.

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Colorado Rockies a 9-7 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Colorado went deep four times, twice off Corbin. And after its second straight loss, Arizona settled for a four-game series split and a 7-3 trip.

“That’s just the way things break in this ballpark. You have to live with it,” manager Chip Hale said. “We had a real good road trip. I’m happy with the way these guys performed. The effort was relentless.”

Carlos Gonzalez launched a grand slam, and Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies.

Story was hit by a pitch leading off the ninth. Silvino Bracho (0-1) retired the next two batters before Reynolds drove a 2-1 fastball an estimated 464 feet to left-center for his eighth home run of the season.

Carlos Estevez (2-5) struck out two in a hitless inning for the victory.

“Today we had a good chance to win the series,” Hale said. “I think they’re pretty ticked off about it.”

Arizona led 3-1 after three innings and increased the margin to 5-1 on Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run triple in the fourth. The Rockies rallied in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead on Gonzalez’s grand slam off Corbin.

It was Gonzalez’s 16th homer of the season and fifth career slam.

“I was frustrated after feeling so good early on in the game,” Corbin said. “Thought I was making my pitches to get to that point, (and then) I wasn’t able to control anything.”

Goldschmidt gave the Diamondbacks the lead again in the sixth with a two-run single off Rockies starter Chad Bettis. Story answered with a solo homer in the seventh, his 19th, to tie it.

Goldschmidt finished with two hits and four RBIs for Arizona. He has reached base in 48 straight games against the Rockies, a mark that ties him with Mike Piazza, who did it from 1995-99.

“Oh good, send me a trophy,” Goldschmidt joked. “I don’t care, guys. I mean, 48 — that’s like three years ago. Who cares?”

HIT PARADE

Arizona finished with 56 hits to set a club record for a four-game series. The previous best was 53, done twice against Colorado. The last time it happened was 2012.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed is on baby watch and did not start. Hale said Ahmed had an afternoon flight to Phoenix booked in case his wife went into labor, but it proved unnecessary. Ahmed entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and remained in the game. ... Hale said Chris Owings (left foot plantar fasciitis) “is not where we thought he’d be” in his rehab. Hale expressed hope that Owings could be back by the end of the Diamondbacks’ upcoming 10-day homestand.

Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu left in the top of the sixth with a bruised left knee. He was hurt making a sliding attempt at Goldschmidt’s two-run single. ... LHP Jake McGee (sprained left knee) threw a bullpen. Colorado manager Walt Weiss said McGee could be sent on a rehab assignment “in the next few days.”

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (4-6, 4.59 ERA) takes the mound for the first of a three-game series against the Phillies on Monday. Ray won in Philadelphia on June 17.

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