The Arizona Diamondbacks ended this bad homestand and an even worse April on a positive note. Miguel Montero hit a 10th inning home run as the D’backs defeated the Colorado Rockies by a score of 5-4. It was an excellent win for a team in desperate in need for the calendar to turn to May.
Colorado built an early 4-0 lead off of Josh Collmenter. Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the first inning followed by opposing pitcher Jordan Lyles hitting a solo shot in the third. Charlie Blackmon scored on a wild pitch later in the frame to complete the Rockies’ scoring. Tomahawk settled in after that, retiring 12 of the next fourteen batters, allowing the Snakes to stay close. Arizona got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Martin Prado scored on an Aaron Hill ground out to make it 4-1. Then the real fun began.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to narrow the gap to 4-2. In the ninth, with Rex Brothers on to close it out for the Rox, Cody Ross led off with a single. After Cliff Pennington popped out and pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock forced Ross at second, Chris Owings, also a pinch-hitter, doubled down the right field line. Gerardo Parra was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Prado, who has been hot all series, grounded a two-run single to tie the game. Addison Reed came on in the tenth and after giving up a leadoff double, escaped further damage. The stage was set for Miggy’s heroics as he launched a 1-2 pitch from Tommy Kahnle into the right field seats.
The D’backs ended April 9-22 and now start on a nine game road trip beginning with a trip to San Diego. Thursday is a travel day with the team playing the Padres Friday evening at 7:10 PM MST.