DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday.
Story hit a 1-1 curveball from Stefan Crichton (0-3) to complete a sweep of the Diamondbacks. It was his fifth homer of the season, and he celebrated by tossing his helmet in the air as he rounded the bases.
“Walk-offs are always special, but to end on a sweep, that’s pretty cool,” Story said.
Josh Fuentes had two doubles and Daniel Bard (2-3) pitched the ninth to get the win.
Pavin Smith homered for Arizona, which has lost eight in a row and 13 straight on the road. The Diamondbacks nearly overcame the early exit of starter Taylor Widener but slipped into last place in the NL West.
“It’s very tough, losing this much on the road,” Smith said. “I feel like we’re in a lot of the games, which makes it even harder. Losing at the end there really hurt but we’re going to bounce back from it.”
Colorado starter Jon Gray retired the first 12 batters he faced before David Peralta singled leading off the fifth. Against Arizona on April 8, he didn’t allow a hit through six innings.
Gray was spotted a 2-0 lead into the sixth when he faltered. He walked the first two and after a sacrifice fly scored the first run Smith homered down the right-field line to put the Arizona ahead 3-2.
“I thought he missed some spots in the fifth but got through it,” manager Bud Black said. “The sixth, the leadoff walk to (Daulton) Varsho was a red flag.”
Colorado tied it 3-all in the eighth on an RBI grounder. Yonathan Daza was later thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a double.
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