The Diamondbacks scored a combined total of 33 runs in the first three games in Colorado but could only come up with two runs on Monday against Colorado's starter Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood pitched into the sixth inning and only allowed two runs to earn his fifth win and snap the Rockies' nine-game losing streak.
"When you get effective starting pitching we can be a very effective ball club," Colorado manager Jim Tracy told the Associated Press. "We can hit, and we've done it all year. Now, we get the other parts squared away the way we want, we can build on it."
Jason Kubel accounted for all of the Diamondbacks offense when he hit his 30th home run of the season to drive in Paul Goldschmidt in the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks briefly held on to a 2-1 lead until the Rockies quickly struck back in the bottom half of the inning.
The loss puts the Diamondbacks five and a half games back in the race for the second wild card spot. The St. Louis Cardinals have won six of their last seven games and have taken advantage of a light schedule that has included games with the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals have two more games left with the Astros this week.
"We're not out of it yet," Kubel told the Associated Press. "Some things can happen."
The Diamondbacks will travel to San Francisco to take on the Giants who have already clinched the division and then will return home to face the Chicago Cubs.
The Rockies got on the board in the first inning with a RBI single from Tyler Colvin off of Arizona starter Trevor Cahill. A throwing error by Cahill had allowed the Rockies to advance a runner into scoring position and Colvin made him pay for it.
"I could have turned the double play," Cahill told MLB.com. "I didn't see it off the bat real well and then tried to rush it and threw it away. He hit it and it was a chopper. I thought I might have to go back on it and then came in on it and then just tried to rush it to second."
After the Kubel home run in the top half of the fourth inning the Rockies immediately took the lead back in the bottom half. Cahill who had his record slip to 12-12 with the loss gave up three singles and a walk in the fourth which enabled the Rockies to capitalize with two runs. DJ LeMahieu drove in the go-ahead run to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead.
In the eighth inning Andrew Brown added on one more run for insurance with a solo home run, his fourth of the season. That gave the Rockies a little breathing room heading into the ninth inning in the always unpredictable Coors Field atmosphere. Rafael Betancourt closed the game with his 30th save of the year.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will turn to Josh Collmenter to start in place of rookie Tyler Skaggs in the series opener at San Francisco Tuesday night. Skaggs is being shut down for the season after being brought up from the minors in August to help the Diamondbacks starting rotation.
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