DENVER – The Colorado Rockies have set a new inauspicious record. In losing a tough one to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, by a score of 5-3, they have now dropped nine straight games to their division rivals in their own ballpark, a franchise record.
Tyler Anderson was terrific again but the Diamondbacks grinded his pitch count and chased him from the game, taking advantage of a Rockies bullpen that is still looking for some answers.
Anderson’s 16-inning scoreless streak was broken immediately in the first when he gave up a solo home run to Nick Ahmed who went yard for the 12th time this season, pulling a center-cut fastball well over the wall in left.
That ended up being the sole blemish on Anderson’s evening.
He didn’t exactly cruise through the next five innings, issuing four walks, but he came up with his best pitches when he needed them the most. Most notably, in the fourth, after walking a pair, he struck out the side to strand both runners.
The Rockies tied the game in the bottom of the third on a single from DJ LeMahieu and a double by Charlie Blackmon who pulled a sharp ground ball just inside the first base bag. Nolan Arenado followed with a walk but both runners were left aboard after Trevor Story struck out, Ian Desmond grounded out, and Chris Iannetta flied out to center.
Colorado took the lead in the bottom of the fifth after an Arenado single and Story’s 25th double of the season put a pair aboard for Desmond who delivered a groundball to the right side that Paul Goldschmidt whiffed on, but the run would have scored anyway. Iannetta missed a chance to add another run with a productive out, popping up on the infield.