Rockies vs. Diamondbacks – Game Recap – August 7, 2022

PHOENIX — — It’s been a rough year for Mark Melancon, a four-time All-Star who has already lost 10 games this season, costing him his job as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen.

Thanks to some tired hands, Melancon got another chance on Sunday. He didn’t let it go to waste.

Daulton Varsho homered with a go-ahead run in the eighth thanks to a groundout, Melancon earned his 15th save with a scoreless ninth and the Diamondbacks clinched the series from the Colorado Rockies, rallying for a 6-4 victory.

“He’s a true professional,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said of Melancon. “At the end of the day, he wants to win, he doesn’t care about anything else, and he’s going to do whatever it takes to help this team win a baseball game.”

Melancon helped the D-backs on Sunday in a familiar role. The 37-year-old was signed to a two-year, $14 million contract during the offseason because he has been so good and consistent throughout his 14-year career.

Melancon said his recent struggles have been frustrating, but it has given him an opportunity to dig deeper into analysis and find a way to break out of his slump. It may be too early to say the learning has worked, but Sunday was a step in the right direction.

“Having done this my whole life, you can still get better,” Melancon said.

The D-backs trailed 4-2 in the sixth, but Emmanuel Rivera — added in a trade with the Kansas City Royals at the trade deadline — hit a solo shot that cut the deficit to 4-3. It was his seventh homer of the year and first with his new team.

Josh Rojas had an RBI double in the seventh that tied the game at 4-all.

Arizona loaded the bases in Rockies eighth baseman Alex Colome (2-6), who then retired, unable to get into position before making his pitch. That allowed Varsho to come home to go ahead before Sergio Alcantara extended the lead to 6-4 with a sacrifice fly to left.

Colomé has had a solid season, entering Sunday’s game with a 3.67 ERA. But he is in the midst of a difficult stretch, taking the loss in three of his last four outings.

“He’s a little hesitant to get into the strike zone, but you can’t throw like that,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “So we’re going to have that conversation.”

Arizona has taken two of three games in a series between two teams that sit at the bottom of the NL West.

Zach Davis got off to a good start for the D-backs, pitching five scoreless innings. Chris Devenski (2-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.

Melancon managed the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities. The Rockies loaded the bases with two outs, but Randall Grichuk grounded out to end the game.

The Rockies rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a four-run sixth inning by D-backs shortstop Kevin Ginkel, who allowed all six runners he faced to reach base. CJ Cron had the big hit with an RBI double into the left field corner, while Elehuris Montero also had an RBI single.

Christian Walker put the D-backs up 2-0 in the first inning with a two-run shot to left-center. The cleanup hitter leads the team with 26 home runs.

Jose Ureña started for the Rockies on the mound, giving up three runs in six innings. Colorado is 5-13 since the All-Star break.

IN HONOR OF SCALLY

Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall was in California on Sunday to attend the private funeral of legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully.

Hall was in the Dodgers organization for 12 seasons, starting as an intern in 1992 in Vero Beach, Florida. He eventually worked his way up to senior vice president of communications before leaving in 2004.

NEXT

The Rockies have an off day on Monday before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for a series that begins on Tuesday. Colorado will start RHP Ryan Feltner (1-3, 5.75 ERA). St. Louis starts RHP Miles Mikolas (8-8, 2.92).

The Diamondbacks host the Pittsburgh Pirates for a four-game series beginning Monday. Arizona will start RHP Zac Gallen (6-2, 3.31). Pittsburgh will start RHP Tyler Beede (1-1, 3.89).

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