Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Wilin Rosario Homers, But Colorado Loses, 5-3

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Kevin Millwood, Wilin Rosario Homer In 5-3 Loss To Arizona

The Colorado Rockies finished their season series with the Arizona Diamondbacks with five wins and 13 losses following Wednesday night's 5-3 loss. The Rockies certainly did it in style with home runs from pitcher Kevin Millwood and catcher Wilin Rosario.

Home runs were the only way the Rockies were able to score their runs on Tuesday. Kevin Millwood led off the third inning with a home run. It was his first home run since 2002 when he hit one off the Rockies' Denny Stark. Stark hit a home run off Millwood in that May game.

Three batters later, Carlos Gonzalez hit a home run off Joe Saunders, his 25th of the year. In the fourth inning, rookie catcher Wilin Rosario smacked a home run to left center field, the first of his career.

Millwood (2-2, 3.79 ERA) didn't fare as well on the mound. He a third-inning, two-run home run to Miguel Montero to break the 0-0 tie at the time and then ran into more trouble during the sixth inning. A leadoff single by Paul Goldschmidt set up a John McDonald run-scoring double and a Joe Saunders RBI single.

Jim Tracy used seven relievers after Kevin Millwood left the game in the sixth inning. Only Rex Brothers allowed a run to score, a Justin Upton home run in the seventh inning.

The Rockies (67-76, 36-35 home) are off Thursday before they host the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

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Kevin Millwood Leads Rockies Into Season Series Finale With Arizona

The Colorado Rockies, no matter the outcome of this game, have already lost the season series with Arizona Diamondbacks. At best the Rockies will win six of the 18 games they played should they win on Wednesday night.

Kevin Millwood (2-1, 3.34 ERA) is coming off the best start of his abbreviated 2011 season. He struck out eight and scattered seven hits in seven shutout innings against the San Diego Padres last week. This start will be his first of the 2011 season against the Snakes, holding a 6-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in nine career starts. But his last start against them came in 2006--quite a long time ago in baseball time.

Joe Saunders (9-12, 3.86 ERA) hasn't seen the Rockies since the end of May when he threw eight innings of two-run ball. Since the start of July, Saunders has picked up a decision in all but two of his 12 starts. He's coming off a loss to the Giants last week, allowing four runs over 5-1/3 innings in the 6-2 loss.

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.

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Troy Tulowitzki HR Sparks Late Rockies Rally, 8-3 Victory Over Arizona

While the final score shows a bevy of offense for the Colorado Rockies, the first seven and a half innings of the Rockies' 8-3 victory was a certified pitchers' duel. It wasn't until bottom of the eighth inning when a seven-run inning broke open the game.

Down 3-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, Jordan Pacheco grounded out for the first out and Dexter Fowler hit into a fielder's choice that resulted in Kevin Kouzmanoff being out at second base. The fun began with two outs already on the board. Fowler moved over to second on a Mark Ellis single and then scored on a Carlos Gonzalez single. A passed ball moved both players over a base.

That's when Troy Tulowitzki stepped into the batter's box and then belted a three-run home run for a 5-3 lead. It was his 31st home run of the season. At this point, the Rockies had three straight batters reach safely since Fowler's fielder's choice. It reached nine before the final out of the inning.

Seth Smith hit his second triple of the game and drove in a run. Jordan Pacheco then plated Smith for the second time in the game on a single. Catcher Wilin Rosario reached base for the first time in the majors on a walk, which was in between the Smith triple and Pacheco's second hit of the game. Rosario scored on a bases-loaded walk to Dexter Fowler.

The seven runs scored in a single inning were a season-best for the Rockies.

Jason Hammel (4.98 ERA) turned in a great start, allowing just two runs in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked just one. Matt Belisle took his 10th win of the season, most among relievers.

The Rockies (67-75, 36-34 home) finish this series on Wednesday night with Kevin Millwood on the mound.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Back From Birth Of Son, Jason Hammel Makes A Spot Start

The Colorado Rockies enter Tuesday's contest with an elimination number of seven. That's seven for the combined number of wins the D'Backs need and the losses the Rockies can take before they are eliminated from winning the division. And that number is six for the wild card.

The Rockies turn to Jason Hammel (7-13, 5.15 ERA), who is making a spot start in replace of Jhoulys Chacin. Hammel just came off paternity leave for the birth of his son on Friday, which also happens to be his own birthday. He was moved to the bullpen when Alex White joined the Rockies.

Hammel has gone 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA in four appearances (three starts) against the Diamondbacks this season. He did throw a scoreless inning of relief against them last week, but he was shelled for eight runs in his last start while in the desert.

Josh Collmenter (9-8, 3.18 ERA) makes back-to-back starts against the Rockies. He threw six innings of two-run ball last week for the 5-2 win over the Rockies in Arizona. That capped an August in which Collmenter went 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA in August. In five of his six starts he allowed two or fewer runs, and in the sixth one he allowed six runs (it came at the start of August).

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Drew Pomeranz Will Join Rockies On Tuesday, But Not Activated; Wilin Rosario Leads Rest Of Call-ups

After Monday's loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies manager announced the following call-ups for Tuesday: reliever Jim Miller, utility player Jordan Pacheco and catcher Wilin Rosario. Additionally, Drew Pomeranz will join the Rockies on Tuesday, but he will not be activated, reports Inside the Rockies.

Chris Nelson should also be back with the Rockies, adds Root Sports' Alanna Rizzo.

Miller went 8-5 with a 5.25 ERA and 24 saves for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star. He struck out 73 batters in 72 innings.

Pacheco was one of the stars of spring training, but ultimately the Rockies kept Ian Stewart on the roster over him. He hit .278 with a .721 OPS. He's more than likely to play the field than be the backstop for the Rockies.

Rosario, 22, didn't put up a great line, just .248/.284/.457, but the slugging works well. He hit 21 home runs for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. His 91 strikeouts might be a bit disconcerting.

Pomeranz threw three perfect innings and struck out three before he reached his pitch count limit. He was done after 46 pitches.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Dexter Fowler, Troy Tulowitzki Solid Late, But Colorado Loses, 10-7

Dexter Fowler would like to play the Arizona Diamondbacks every game for the remainder of the season. Since last week's series against the Snakes, Dexter Fowler has four home runs--all against Arizona. He added two more in Monday's game, a leadoff homer in the first inning and another one on the ninth inning. But the Rockies fell to the Snakes, 10-4, on Monday.

Troy Tulowitzki hit his 29th home run with two outs in the ninth inning to bring the game to 10-7, but that was as close as the Rockies would make it. Tulowitzki reached 100 RBI for the season, a new career high. Mark Ellis homered earlier in the game, his fourth of the season.

Esmil Rogers (6-5, 6.26 ERA) allowed a Justin Upton home run in the first inning, the 21st run he's allowed in that inning this season. But it was the fourth and sixth innings where the real troubles appeared. Geoff Blum had a two-run single in the former frame and a solo shot to start the latter. After issuing a single and a walk, Rogers left the game. Josh Roenicke came in and allowed three runs to score for the 8-2 lead.

Greg Reynolds and J.C. Romero each allowed a run in their appearances.

The Rockies (66-75, 35-34 home) continue this series on Tuesday night with Jason Hammel and Josh Collmenter on the mound.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Rockies: Colorado Back Home After 3-6 Road Trip

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