Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 2


DENVER (AP) – Matt Holliday got the Colorado Rockies headed in the right direction.

Holliday dashed home on a grounder and dived in ahead of the throw for the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Rockies a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

With one out, Holliday and pinch-hitter Jason Smith hit back-to-back singles off Jason Grimsley, putting runners at the corners for Brad Hawpe.

He grounded to first baseman Conor Jackson, who was playing in on the grass and quickly threw home, but Holliday had a great jump and beat the throw to the plate.

Mike DeJean pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.

Both lineups were baffled by starting pitchers with especially sharp sinkers on a cool afternoon at Coors Field. Arizona ace Brandon Webb allowed one run on five hits in seven innings. Jason Jennings allowed one run on six hits over seven innings for Colorado.

Jennings who also drove in Colorado’s first run, walked one and struck out six in his first start since July 20, 2005, when he broke his right middle finger trying to break up a double play at Washington.

He was lifted for pinch-hitter Eli Marrero with a runner at third and two outs in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied at 1. Marrero flied out weakly to shortstop Craig Counsell.

Left-hander Ray King, acquired from St. Louis in the offseason, replaced Jennings and allowed a single to Counsell leading off the eighth. Todd Helton charged in from first base to field Orlando Hudson’s sacrifice bunt attempt, but threw wildly past the bag trying to get Hudson and the runners ended up and second and third with nobody out.

Counsell then scored on Chad Tracy’s chopper over the mound to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead.

Helton atoned for his error with an RBI double off Terry Mulholland in the eighth to tie the game.

Counsell led off the game with a single and came around to score on Luis Gonzalez’s two-out single in the first inning.

Jennings tied it at 1 in the bottom of the fifth with a bloop single between Counsell and Gonzalez in shallow left field.

Notes: Diamondbacks RHPs Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino, both members of the 2005 World Series champion White Sox, left for Chicago after the game to take part on Tuesday’s ceremonies and receive their rings at U.S. Cellular Field. Hernandez is slated to start Wednesday’s game in Denver. … The Rockies distributed a regular season record 50,732 tickets to the game.

AP-ES-04-03-06 1936EDT