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Rockies bullpen falls flat against D-backs, Charlie Blackmon’s hitting streak ends at 15 games – The Denver Post

The roof caved in on the Rockies’ bullpen again Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored eight runs off right-handers Tyler Kinley and Yency Almonte in the seventh inning to spark a 13-7 victory and take the three-game series.

Kinley, who was charged with five earned runs, faced five batters and didn’t retire any. Rockies relievers, so stingy early in the season, now have a combined ERA of 4.68.

It was the first series loss of the season for Colorado, which slipped to 12-6. Over the three games, Arizona ripped Colorado pitching for 32 runs, tied for its most ever at Coors Field in a three-game series. The Diamondbacks also scored 32 on June 3-5, 2014.

The D-Backs have become the Rockies’ nemesis over the past year, going 9-3 against them since July 5, 2019.

Another bit of bad news for the Rockies Wednesday was the end of Charlie Blackmon’s 15-game hitting streak. He went 0-for-4 and saw his average dip from .500 to .472.

Colorado’s first five runs came via the long ball. Nolan Arenado hit two homers, a leadoff shot to left in the second off Luke Weaver and another solo blast to left off Taylor Clarke to tie the game at 5-all in the fifth. It marked the 20th multi-homer game of Arenado’s career. Arenado also doubled home Trevor Story in the eighth inning for his 746th career RBI, moving him ahead of Vinny Castilla for fourth-most in franchise history.

Ryan McMahon, mired in a deep slump that includes a 47% strikeout rate (28 in 59 at-bats), finally busted out with a three-run, high-fly, opposite-field homer to left, giving Colorado a brief 4-2 lead. McMahon became the first Rockies batter to homer on a 3-0 count since Michael Cuddyer let loose on May 24, 2014, at Atlanta.

In six innings, Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela gave up five runs on nine hits, including a solo homer to Starling Marte in the fourth, but he deserved a better fate.

Arizona scored three runs in the fifth to grab a 5-4 lead, though they never hit the ball particularly hard. Senzatela’s frustration was apparent on the mound. Stephen Vogt skied a ball to shallow center but Sam Hilliard lost the ball in the sun and it plopped in for a double. Nick Ahmed’s bloop single to left scored Vogt, and Ketel Marte’s single scored Ahmed, who beat Raimel Tapia’s throw home from right field.

Tapia’s throw was a fundamental mistake because it allowed Ketel Marte to advance to second and he subsequently scored on Starlin Marte’s single.

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