Arenado's 5-hit day wasted as Rockies swept in DH by D-backs
DENVER (AP) -- Nolan Arenado impressed on the field and at the plate. It wasn't enough to prevent the Colorado Rockies from being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arenado homered twice and flashed his Gold Glove defense but the Diamondbacks rallied late in the second game for a 5-3 win to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night.
Phil Gosselin homered and drove in four runs to lead Arizona to a 6-4 win in the first game. It was the second time this season the Diamondbacks swept a doubleheader from Colorado.
"Always real tough losing doubleheaders, especially hard at this time of the year in September when people are tired," Arenado said.
Arenado homered in both games to take the NL lead with 32. He had three RBIs on the day and now leads the league with 98 - one more than Goldschmidt.
His five-hit day was lost in a seventh-inning rally in the second game.
Trailing 3-1, Arizona rallied against reliever Scott Oberg (3-4). Oberg hit Gosselin, walked Chris Owings and gave up a tying two-run double to Aaron Hill.
Pollock followed with a two-run homer - his 15th - off Jairo Diaz.
"His slider stayed up. Pollock hit it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Rubby De La Rosa (12-6) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings. Josh Collmenter worked the last two innings for his first save.
Goldschmidt hit his 27th home run in the first inning but the Rockies rallied for two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Arenado had an RBI single and scored on Ben Paulsen's double.
Arenado hit a two-out homer in the third to make it 3-1, and then took over with his defense. He had five assists, the most impressive coming on a double-play ball in the sixth with Colorado still leading.
"(Second baseman) Danny (Descalso) made a great play, made a great scoop on a bad throw," Arenado said. "We turned a good one."
Despite Arenado's stellar glove play the Rockies committed four errors.
Arizona led most of the first game. Gosselin, acquired in a June 20 trade with Atlanta, doubled home a run in the third, and then broke it open with a three-run shot off Miguel Castro (0-1) in the seventh. Gosselin went 0 for 4 in his first game with the Diamondbacks on Monday after being activated from the 60-day disabled list.
His three-run shot to left went an estimated 434 feet and gave Arizona a 6-2 lead. It was the second home run of his career.
Patrick Corbin (4-3) allowed two runs - homers by DJ LeMahieu in the second and Kyle Parker in the fifth - and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander is 5-0 in his last seven starts against the Rockies.
Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth for his third save.
Colorado left-hander Yohan Flande struck out five while pitching five innings of two-run ball. He gave up five hits and walked three.
The 20-year-old Castro was charged with four runs in 1 1/3 innings in his Colorado debut. He was acquired in the July 27 trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto.
"Big arm," Weiss said. "He left a fastball over the plate and Gosselin hit it out."
Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave Arizona a 1-0 lead after a little confusion on his drive down the left-field line in the second inning. It was initially ruled foul but after a review of 1 minute, 37 seconds, the call was overturned.
Hale was ejected by home plate umpire Tim Timmons before the review. Hale said something was said from the bench and Timmons tossed him.
TRIPLE THE FUN
In the first game the Rockies turned the fourth triple play in team history in the ninth inning.
With the runners on first and second moving on the pitch from Jason Gurka, Goldschmidt hit a line drive to shortstop Jose Reyes, who was shaded up the middle. Reyes threw to LeMahieu to force out Ender Inciarte, and then LeMahieu relayed to first baseman Ben Paulsen to get Gosselin.
"I saw Inciarte running and the ball was hit right to me," Reyes said. "All I had to do was throw it over to DJ."
It was the first triple play for Colorado since May 18, 2014, against San Diego.
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