Updated Jun 4, 2014 - 10:06 pm
Montero drives in 6, D-backs outslug Rockies
The Rockies led 8-5 before the Diamondbacks scored six times in the eighth to reclaim the lead. They were hardly done, adding five more in the ninth to turn a close game into a runaway win. The Diamondbacks tied a season high with 21 hits.
The top five hitters in the lineup each had three hits and combined for 14 RBIs. Montero drove in two runs on sacrifice flies, had a run-scoring single and hit a three-run homer in the ninth.
Brad Ziegler (2-1) got two outs in the seventh to earn the win. Rex Brothers (2-4) took the loss after the big eighth.
Arizona surrendered four runs in the seventh to fall behind, but responded right away as Brothers imploded. The reliever gave up four straight singles, including a run-scoring liner by Chris Owings, and then then walked Gerardo Parra with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Nick Masset was summoned from the bullpen and promptly gave up Goldschmidt's double down the line.
Didi Gregorius led off the game with a solo homer as Arizona built an early 4-0 lead.
The Rockies came back with four runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh. D.J. LeMahieu's two-out infield single in the seventh tied the game and a throwing error by Owings at shortstop allowed the Rockies to take the lead. Pinch hitter Drew Stubbs also added a two-run single.
Brothers faced five batters without getting an out. He allowed five runs of the runs.
Arizona starter Josh Collmenter, coming off a complete-game win, was cruising until the fifth, when the Rockies broke out of their offensive funk. Troy Tulowitzki had a two-run double and Michael Cuddyer followed with a two-run single.
Tulowitzki slid just past Montero's tag for the tying run.
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson challenged the play but after a quick review, the call was upheld.
Tulowitzki leads the majors in batting (.354) and All-Star votes (1,419,718).
Rockies starter Jordan Lyles went four innings, giving up seven hits and four runs. He appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort after hurting his glove hand in the first inning when he tried to tag out Martin Prado at home after a wild pitch.
Lyles used two hands to catch the ball the rest of the way. He also tried to bunt in his only plate appearance.
Lyles didn't get off to a good start, giving up a leadoff homer to Gregorius, the first of his career.
Before the game, Rockies All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed left index finger. It's another big bat out of the lineup as Nolan Arenado (fractured finger) went on the DL on May 24.
NOTES: The Diamondbacks said on their Twitter account Wednesday that INF Cliff Pennington underwent surgery to fix a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. ... Arizona will send RHP Bronson Arroyo (4-4) to the mound in the series finale Thursday, while the Rockies counter with RHP Juan Nicasio (5-3). ... Prized prospect RHP Eddie Butler will make his major league debut for Colorado on Friday.
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