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COL@ARI: Enright rips a solo shot to left

PHOENIX -- If you're looking for reasons why the D-backs lost, 6-4, to the Rockies on Wednesday night, there are plenty from which to choose.

For proof, just look at the back of Kirk Gibson's lineup card.

During a game, the D-backs' manager jots down things that need to be improved, and on Wednesday he had six things listed.

"I'm not going to get specific," Gibson said while flashing the card for reporters to see. "Overall, we didn't really play good, in all aspects of the game. Didn't make the pitches, didn't make the plays, didn't run the bases good. All around, we weren't very good tonight against a very good team, and they did what they should do."

Starter Barry Enright couldn't build off the success he had in his previous outing, against the Cubs.

Instead the right-hander walked four batters, three of whom came around to score, and was unable to record the final out in the third and fourth innings before the Rockies put runs on the board.

All six Colorado runs came with two outs. Of the 25 runs Enright has allowed this year, 16 have come with two out.

"It's happened to me all year, and it's frustrating," Enright said of his inability to close out innings. "It can't happen if I want to keep pitching up here."

Given Enright's rough start -- his ERA is 6.49 after Wednesday -- Gibson was asked if he was in jeopardy of losing his job in the rotation.

"We just lost a game. My mind-set isn't there right now," Gibson said.

When a reporter followed by saying that it seemed Enright had struggled, Gibson said, "Well, maybe he has. There are people who have struggled all over the big leagues."

Enright had given the D-backs a one-run lead in the third inning, when he hit his first Major League homer.

"I didn't know he was a good hitter, and he hit it out of the ballpark," said Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin. "You can't do anything about that. The only thing I could have done better was get ahead of him, then use my breaking ball."

The three-run rally the Rockies put together in the fourth showcased all of the problems the D-backs had during the evening.

First there was one-out walk to Todd Helton, which was followed one out later by Ian Stewart's deep fly ball down the right-field line that Justin Upton was unable to catch. The ball was hit right near the corner where the wall juts out, and it wound up landing on the warning track behind Upton.

Upton recovered nicely and threw a strike to relay man Kelly Johnson, and though it appeared the D-backs might have a play on Helton at the plate, Johnson juggled the ball.

Still, it was just a 1-1 game at that point, with two outs, and though Enright was able to jump ahead of Chris Iannetta, 0-2, he was not able to close it out. The very next pitch was a hanging breaking ball that Iannetta smacked off the foul pole in left for a two-run Rockies lead.

"That's baseball," Enright said of Stewart's double. "I think I let it affect me a little bit, and I can't do that. I made two good pitches to [Iannetta] after that, and then the third pitch was horrible."

"Just one little thing and you get out of it," Johnson said, recounting the catch, the mishandled relay and then the 0-2 pitch.

One inning later, Enright walked a pair and allowed a two-out, two-run double to Helton before Seth Smith capped the scoring with a run-scoring single.

"In this park you can't walk people," Gibson said. "That put us in a big hole and we weren't able to overcome it."

A baserunning mistake also hurt the D-backs. Juan Miranda led off the fifth with a walk, and with the team down by five runs, he was caught stealing.

Thiuh Gibson declined to say what happened on the play, Miranda said that he missed a sign and thought it was a hit-and-run.

A solo homer by Johnson in the sixth and a two-run rally in the ninth keyed by a Miranda homer made things interesting, but the rally fell short.

"We battled till the end, but we made it real hard on ourselves," Gibson said. Comments