Lamb’s slam gives Arizona 5-2 win over Rockies
PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb hit a grand slam for his second career homer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 on Friday night.
The rookie, called up from Triple-A Reno on Aug. 7, connected with two out in the eighth inning, hitting a drive to center off Adam Ottavino. Rex Brothers (4-6) walked his only three batters and threw a wild pitch before Ottavino came in.
Ottavino looked set to escape the threat before Lamb went deep. He got Mark Trumbo to bounce into a fielder’s choice that could have been a double play if the reliever was able to get the ball out of his glove cleanly. He also struck out Miguel Montero before Lamb came to the plate.
Brad Ziegler (5-2) gave up a run in his one inning but got the victory. Addison Reed fanned two in a perfect ninth for his 31st save of the season and No. 100 for his career.
Colorado grabbed a 2-1 lead on Charlie Blackmon’s sacrifice fly in the eighth in the opener of a weekend series between the teams with the worst records in the National League.
Both starting pitchers were excellent.
Arizona’s Josh Collmenter allowed one run and two hits in 6 1-3 innings. He retired 19 in a row after Blackmon led off the game with a single.
Collmenter’s streak ended when Drew Stubbs reached on a bunt single down the third base line with one out in the seventh. Nolan Arenado then had a two-out RBI double off Evan Marshall.
Colorado’s Christian Bergman, making his fifth major league start, didn’t allow a hit until Collmenter doubled on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the fifth.
In the sixth, David Peralta tripled to right-center. Bergman intentionally walked Trumbo, and then was replaced by Christian Friedrich, whose wild pitch allowed Arizona to score.
Rockies: RF Michael Cuddyer is on the DL for the third time this season, this time with a sore left hamstring.
Diamondbacks: Manager Kirk Gibson says LHP Daniel Hudson (two Tommy John surgeries), INF Chris Owings (left shoulder), OF A.J. Pollock (broken hand) and OF Cody Ross (calf sprain) are expected to join the club when rosters are expanded on Monday.
It will be Bob Brenly bobblehead night Saturday for the team’s TV analyst and former Arizona manager. LHP Tyler Matzek (3-9) goes for Colorado, Vidal Nuno (0-3) for Arizona.
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