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Rockies vs. Diamondbacks: Colorado ends eason with 2-1 victory

The Colorado Rockies' 2012 season is over following a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Rockies trot out another young lineup in finale

The Colorado Rockies wrap up a disastrous 2012 season on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with mostly rookies in the starting lineup, as has been the case for months. The Rockies will get a second shot to win the series, after closer Rafael Betancourt blew Tuesday's game by allowing a three-run, walkoff homer to Aaron Hill.

Here are the full lineups:

Rockies

1. Josh Rutledge 2B
2. Charlie Blackmon LF
3. Jordan Pacheco 1B
4. Wilin Rosario C
5. Tyler Colvin CF
6. Andrew Brown RF
7. DJ LeMahieu 3B
8. Jonathan Herrera SS
9. Jeff Francis P

D-Backs

1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. Aaron Hill 2B
3. Justin Upton RF
4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
5. Miguel Montero C
6. Chris Johnson 3B
7. Gerardo Parra LF
8. John McDonald SS
9. Ian Kennedy P

Veteran lefty Jeff Francis (5-7, 5.75 ERA), who could be pitching his last game in a Rockies uniform (again), will take the mound for Colorado. He'll be opposed by Arizona's Ian Kennedy (15-11, 4.16 ERA).

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Aaron Hill homer sends Rockies to 5-3 loss

For a second night in a row the Colorado Rockies were unable to close things out in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but, unlike on Monday, Tuesday's game ended in a 5-3 loss. Aaron Hill hit a three-run home run off closer Rafael Betancourt to end the game.

The Diamondbacks scored all of their runs on home runs, with the other two coming in the seventh inning on a John McDonald two-run shot off Guillermo Moscoso.

The Rockies opened the scoring in the second inning on a Charlie Blackmon double play and then regained the lead in the eighth inning on a Jordan Pacheco two-run double that had been set up by a Josh Rutledge single and a Tyler Colvin double.

Jhoulys Chacin finished the season at 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA after pitching five shutout innings. He struck out four while allowing three hits and two walks. Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (6-8, 4.54 ERA) went seven innings and surrendered a run on Blackmon's double play. David Hernandez allowed the Pacheco two-run double. Brad Ziegler (6-1) picked up the win.

The Rockies (63-98, 28-52 away) close out the season on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT, with Ian Kennedy and Jeff Francis the projected starters.

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Rockies vs. Diamondbacks: Colorado takes 7-5 win

The Colorado Rockies will not be losing 100 games in 2012. It took them far too long, but they managed to pull out a 7-5 win in extra innings on Monday. Sure, they may still lose 99 games, but at least it's not a big, round number. In a month as bad as September had been, avoiding big, round numbers was the best the team could really hope for.

Colorado's offense started off slowly, and the Diamondbacks were able to get a couple of runs on the scoreboard as Aaron Hill and Geraldo Parra both hit solo home runs in the first and fifth innings.

Drew Pomeranz had one of his best outings of the season, striking out seven in five innings while allowing the two solo home runs, but only three hits total. Unfortunately, another chance at a win eluded him despite one of his better nights on the mound.

It took until the seventh inning for the Rockies to solve Arizona's starter Wade Miley, pushing the score to 2-1 on a Wilin Rosario solo strike. Finally, the Rockies managed to string some more consistent offense together on in the eighth inning when Josh Rutiledge and Tyler Colvin put together back-to-back doubles to get two runs on the board and make it 3-2.

Rafael Betancourt was sent in to finish off the dirty work in the ninth, but blew the save when he allowed a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt that tied the game up.

Colorado repeatedly blew chances to take a lead in the late innings, getting two men on in both the 10th and 12th innings. Both times, it came to nothing. Eventually, it worked out in the 13th inning when Colvin and Chris Nelson strung together back-to-back hits to knock in their fourth run of the game. Brad Bergesen ended up loading the bases for the Rockies when he walked Matt McBride, and Charlie Blackmon singled to push the score to 5-3.

Johnny Herrera reached on a Fielder's Choice to make it 6-3. Mike Zagurski gave the Rockies a free seventh run after a wild pitch, and finally ended the top of the inning by forcing Josh Rutledge into a lineout right after.

Down 7-3, the D-Backs got two men on thanks to Josh Outman becoming walk-happy early in the bottom of the 13th. They brought in Josh Roenkie, but the damage was already done. The bases loaded quickly and the D-Backs got two runs out of a walk-in and a sac-fly. The damage mercifully stopped there, and the Rockies took home the 7-5 win.

The two teams will meet again on Tuesday at 7:40 p.m. MT.

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