07/01/2003 9:00 PM ET
No. 13 proves unlucky for D-Backs
Arizona's franchise-best win streak ends at 12
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
DENVER -- After 12 games and nearly two weeks, the Diamondbacks' winning streak came to an end Tuesday night.
The Rockies saw to that as they clubbed four home runs to defeat Arizona, 7-4, in front of 25,209 at Coors Field.
"This is baseball," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said. "We knew we weren't going to win the rest of them."
The winning streak established a club record and was the longest in the Major Leagues this season. When it began on June 18, the D-Backs trailed the Giants by nine games in the National League West. After Tuesday, they were five games in back of the leaders.
Eight times during the streak, the Diamondbacks were forced to come from behind and they won five games during their last at-bat. On Tuesday, it seemed they might just have a little more late-inning magic left.
Trailing 7-4, they put two runners on with one out in the ninth against closer Jose Jimenez. But Brian Fuentes came on and struck out Luis Gonzalez and Justin Speier, then punched out pinch-hitter Robby Hammock to end the game.
The Diamondbacks stranded six men in scoring position and 10 overall.
"We had some chances tonight," Brenly said. "We couldn't cash in."
Despite that, it didn't seem like the Diamondbacks were going to have to rely on late-inning heroics as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.
In the first, Matt Kata led off the game with a single to right and Steve Finley followed with his 11th homer of the season to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.
The Diamondbacks added single runs in the second and third innings to build their 4-0 lead.
Arizona starter Andrew Good, meanwhile, kept the Rockies off the scoreboard during the first three innings.
But after third, Diamondbacks couldn't get any more runs, while the Rockies' offense came to life.
In the fourth, Larry Walker led off the frame by hitting his ninth home run of the season to cut the Arizona lead to 4-1.
One inning later, Todd Helton doubled to left with two outs and Preston Wilson followed with a home run over the wall in center to pull the Rockies to within 4-3.
Colorado capped its rally in the sixth when Jay Payton led off the inning with a solo home run to tie things at 4-4.
The Rockies weren't done as they scored two more runs in the seventh to take a 6-4 lead. Ronnie Belliard hit a solo homer in the frame, while Payton drove in the second run with a single to right.
"I didn't think Goodie made too many mistakes tonight," Brenly said. "But the ones he did they hit up in the seats, and when you hit the ball in the seats, you always have a chance to win a game. That's why they're so dangerous in this park."
All four of the homers came off Good (3-2) who suffered his first defeat since April 22. The rookie had won his past three decisions.
"On three of the four home runs, when I released the ball, I thought it was going to be exactly where I wanted it," Good said. "But it didn't end up there."
Instead, the rookie found out first hand about pitching at Coors Field.
Good was pitching for the first time since a June 22 start nine days ago, but Brenly did not blame his struggles on the layoff.
"I don't think the layoff (hurt him)," Brenly said. "I think the altitude may have affected him."
Good didn't have a feel for his curveball and struggled early with his slider.
"That curveball has been a real good pitch for him and he just could not get it down in the strike zone today," Brenly said. "It just wasn't taking the break and we know why. It's a fact [that when] pitching in his ballpark, breaking balls just don't do what they normally do."
Instead, they tend to fly out of the ballpark.
Javier Lopez (2-0) picked up the win in relief for Colorado.
"It was a real nice run while it lasted," Brenly said. "And the intention is to come back tomorrow and hopefully start another one."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.