Tapia sends Rockies to third walk-off win in four games

Ramiel Tapia ripped a walk-off single off Matt Andriese in the eleventh frame to score Ian Desmond and lift the Rockies to a 4-3 triumph over Arizona on Monday afternoon at Coors Field.

It was the Rockies’ third walk-off triumph in their last four games, and they evened their record at Coors Field to 12-12.

Desmond ignited the rally with a one-out double off the right-field wall. Desmond thought he had hit a walk-off homer, but a crew-chief review determined that the ball hit the top of the wall.

Rockies reliever Bryan Shaw saved the day in the top of the tenth frame and bailed out Desmond in the process. Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson led off the frame with a blast to right center, where Desmond ran the ball down and was in prime position to make the catch, but the ball glanced off his glove. Dyson was ascribable with a triple, but it was a play Desmond should have made. Shaw, however, got three ground ball outs to escape peril.

The Rockies blew a huge chance to win the game in the ninth frame. Trevor Story led off with a pinch-hit walk and then scarf his ninth base off the season. But he was stranded when Desmond smitten out, David Dahl flew out to deep left and Nolan Arenado flied out to the warning track in right.

The Rockies would not have been in a position to win had it not been for Arenado’s clutch hit in the seventh frame.

The third baseman works his tail off for moments so much as this: two outs, bases loaded, the Rockies trailing 3-1 and D-backs hard-throwing right-hander Archie Bradley coming in from the bullpen for a late-game confrontation. Arenado, naturally, ripped Bradley’s 1-0, 96 mph heater into left field to drive in Yonathan Daza and Tapia to tie the game. Arenado is hit .408 with runners in marking position.

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Arizona starter Zack Greinke was, as usual, terrific. He inclined six frames of four-hit ball, striking out six and walking two as he down his ERA to 2.78. Over his last eight starts, he’s 4-1 with a 1.49 ERA. His one big mistake was a 1-0 changeup to Dahl, who blame the pitch 432 feet to center for his fourth home run. The homer was Dahl’s first since May 2, a span of 66 at-bats between home runs.

Rockies right-hander Jon Gray went toe-to-toe with Greinke — and nearly matched him — leaving the mound with one out in the sixth frame and trailing 2-1.

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Gray allowed just five hits, all singles, but a leadoff walk in the fourth frame cost him. Arizona’s Dyson Drew the free pass on eight pitches, scampered to third on Ildemaro Vargas’ single (via the hit-and-run play) and scored on Ketel Marte’s sacrifice fly.

The Diamondbacks grabbed a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Vargas led off with a single, advanced to third on Marte’s hit-and-run single through the left side, then scored on Educardo Escobar’s bloop single to right.

Although Gray threw only 84 pitches, manager Bud Black lifted him in favor of Jairo Dias, who put down the rally. however, Nick Ahmed ripped a 417-foot home run to right field off Dias to lead off the seventh, putt Colorado in a 3-1 hole.