Bullpen unable to hold on in rocky 9th

Bullpen unable to hold on in rocky 9th

DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Monday night at Coors Field.

"We had a lot of missed opportunities throughout," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss, whose Rockies still finished 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. "But guys kept fighting."

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Feeling fatigue, Ziegler hits rough patch

Hale hopes to get righty back on track with some rest

Feeling fatigue, Ziegler hits rough patch

DENVER -- Sometimes in the course of the grueling marathon of a 162-game season, a manager asks too much from one of his players due to circumstances.

That's how D-backs skipper Chip Hale described things Monday night after he sent closer Brad Ziegler out to try and slam the door in the ninth inning just one day after the right-hander had thrown 30 pitches.

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D-backs activate Gosselin from disabled list

Arizona optioned Webster to Triple-A after Sunday's game

D-backs activate Gosselin from disabled list

DENVER -- The D-backs activated infielder Phil Gosselin from the 60-day disabled list to take the place of right-hander Allen Webster, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Sunday's game.

Gosselin was acquired by the D-backs on May 20 in a deal that saw the D-backs trade highly-regarded pitching prospect Touki Toussaint and dump Bronson Arroyo's $10.1 million salary to the Braves.

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Peralta bright spot in disappointing homestand

D-backs left fielder hits .440; team goes 1-6 vs. Cards, A's

Peralta bright spot in disappointing homestand

PHOENIX -- The numbers say D-backs left fielder David Peralta had a good week at Chase Field.

The standings show otherwise, and ultimately that's what matters most to Peralta and his teammates.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Corbin gets the call for first game of doubleheader

Corbin gets the call for first game of doubleheader

The D-backs and Rockies square off in a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday at Coors Field as they complete 27 innings in a 24-hour span.

The doubleheader was necessitated when the two teams were rained out on May 5. It was the second consecutive rainout in that series and one of the games was made up as a doubleheader on May 6.

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D-backs deal reliever Reed to Mets

Arizona receives two Minor Leaguer pitchers in return

D-backs deal reliever Reed to Mets

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have dealt reliever Addison Reed to the Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.

Koch, 24, went 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 35 games (including eight starts) with Double-A Binghamton this season. Diaz, 23, was 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 games (including 21 starts) with Class A with St. Lucie.

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D-backs fall in extras after 9th-inning rally

D-backs fall in extras after 9th-inning rally

PHOENIX -- Marcus Semien's two-run base hit off D-backs closer Brad Ziegler in the 11th inning lifted the A's to a series-winning, 7-4 victory at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon.

Ziegler recorded two quick outs to begin the inning but surrendered back-to-back singles to Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt and hit Josh Phegley with a pitch to load the bases for Semien, who singled down the right-field line. Eric Sogard followed with an RBI single.

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Chafin optioned to Reno to give arm a rest

'He's been so good in every role,' Hale says of D-backs reliever

Chafin optioned to Reno to give arm a rest

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale told Andrew Chafin that the reliever has been "one of the brightest surprises on the team this year," on Sunday morning.

Chafin will be a "key cog" in Hale's vision of a championship team in the future, the manager explained.

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Goldy's big hustle play after K earns praise

D-backs 1B also slugs 466-foot HR to cap rally over A's

Goldy's big hustle play after K earns praise

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt hit his second titanic homer in three days Friday night, but after the D-backs' 6-4 win over the A's, it was his strikeout that came the inning before that had his manager singing his praises.

On Wednesday against the Cardinals, Goldschmidt hit a homer projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™. On Friday, his two-run blast off Pat Venditte that capped a four-run seventh inning hit off the bottom of the scoreboard and Statcast™ projected it at 466 feet away.

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D-backs shift rotation to give arms a break

D-backs shift rotation to give arms a break

PHOENIX -- In an effort to give their starting pitchers extra rest, the D-backs have adjusted their rotation.

Instead of Robbie Ray getting the start in Sunday's series finale against the A's, the D-backs have called up right-hander Allen Watson from Triple-A Reno to start. Ray will start Monday's series opener in Colorado.

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Chacin impresses but D-backs edged by A's

Chacin impresses but D-backs edged by A's

PHOENIX -- Stephen Vogt drove home all three runs as the A's snapped a three-game losing streak by edging the D-backs, 3-2, on Saturday night at Chase Field.

The A's grabbed an early lead in the second when Vogt hit a two-run homer off D-backs starter Jhoulys Chacin. Vogt's homer splashed down into the pool located beyond the wall in right-center.

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Hale, mentor Melvin reunite in faceoff as managers

Hale, mentor Melvin reunite in faceoff as managers

PHOENIX -- From 2012-14, Chip Hale was Bob Melvin's closest confidant, serving as his bench coach in Oakland and as his third-base coach in Arizona from 2007-09.

Friday night at Chase Field the pair squared off for the first time as opposing managers as Melvin brought his A's to town for a three-game series with the D-backs, who took the opener, 6-4.

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D-backs outshine Sonny, A's to stop slide

D-backs outshine Sonny, A's to stop slide

PHOENIX -- The D-backs rallied from an early deficit to defeat the A's, 6-4, on Friday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak while extending Oakland's losing skid to three games.

The A's gave starter Sonny Gray a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Billy Burns and Mark Canha. Gray, meanwhile, handcuffed the D-backs, holding them to just two hits through five innings while maintaining the American League's best ERA (2.13).

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D-backs averaging longest game times in NL

'Sometimes our pitchers are not the quickest,' Hale says

D-backs averaging longest game times in NL

PHOENIX -- At 3 hours, 9 minutes, the D-backs have averaged the longest games in the National League and manager Chip Hale realizes that his team needs to pick up the pace.

Hale speculated that the high number of pitching changes they've made as well as the late comebacks in games have resulted in longer game times.

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Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer

Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer

PHOENIX -- When the ball left his bat, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt knew it was home run. He just didn't realize quite how far it would carry.

Goldschmidt's first-inning homer -- the D-backs' entire offense in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday night -- left his bat at 111 mph and was projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™.

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De La Rosa scuffles as D-backs lose 4th straight

De La Rosa scuffles as D-backs lose 4th straight

PHOENIX -- The Cardinals completed a season sweep of the D-backs on Thursday with a 5-3 victory punctuated by home runs from backup catcher Tony Cruz and fill-in outfielder Brandon Moss before reliever Seth Maness highlighted the night by pulling off a great escape.

After sweeping a three-game home series against the D-backs in May, the Cardinals interrupted Arizona's attempt to keep climbing up the National League West standings by winning four straight at Chase Field. In doing so, the Cardinals, who have won five in a row on this road trip, maintained their 4 1/2-game lead in the NL Central. This was their first four-game sweep at Chase Field.

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Hudson cuts finger fielding comebacker

D-backs reliever believes he'll return to action in a few days

Hudson cuts finger fielding comebacker

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson was removed from Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals after injuring his right index finger fielding a comebacker off the bat of Tommy Pham in the ninth inning.

The right-hander said he expects to play catch Friday and he will "take it day by day."

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O'Brien blasts two homers for Triple-A Reno

D-backs' No. 9 prospect goes 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits for Aces

O'Brien blasts two homers for Triple-A Reno

The home runs keep coming for Peter O'Brien.

The Diamondbacks' No. 9 prospect launched a pair of home runs Wednesday in Triple-A Reno's 11-5 win over Nashville. He also picked up a double in the game, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs.

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Delgado will get shot at rotation next year

Delgado will get shot at rotation next year

PHOENIX -- The D-backs moved Randall Delgado back to the bullpen after one start, but it appears the organization views him as a rotation candidate in the future.

"In Spring Training [next year] Dave and Tony they'd like to see him as a starter, so he's going to be thought of in that way," D-backs manager Chip Hale said referring to GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. "But we always know the flexibility he gives us in the bullpen is important."

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Corbin solid, but D-backs drop third straight

Corbin solid, but D-backs drop third straight

PHOENIX -- Needing a win to maintain their 4 1/2-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four with a 3-1 win over the D-backs in front of 17,572 at Chase Field on Wednesday night.

After the two teams traded home runs, St. Louis buried Arizona with a two-run seventh, capped by run-scoring hits from Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter. With Stephen Piscotty in motion on a hit-and-run, Wong laced an RBI double off David Hernandez into the left-field corner to give the Cardinals their first lead of the night. Carpenter, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, padded the lead with a two-out RBI single to right off Andrew Chafin.

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D-backs undaunted by latest hiccup

D-backs undaunted by latest hiccup

PHOENIX -- There have been numerous times this season when it seemed like the D-backs were headed for a bad run that could bury them below the .500 mark, and each time they rebounded to creep back.

Just last week, after dropping the final two games in Pittsburgh, they appeared to be ready for a slide, only to rebound with a four-game sweep in Cincinnati that vaulted them onto the periphery of the National League West race.

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D-backs can't recover from Ray's rocky start

D-backs can't recover from Ray's rocky start

PHOENIX -- Buoyed by a four-run first inning, the Cardinals cruised to a 9-1 win over the D-backs on Tuesday to further fortify their National League Central lead.

With a second victory in as many nights at Chase Field, the Cardinals capitalized on Pittsburgh's loss in Miami to increase their division lead to 4 1/2 games. Arizona falls 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. The Cardinals also became the Majors' first team to 80 wins.

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Marshall feels grateful after brush with tragedy

Righty visits D-backs for first time since being hit with line drive in head while with Reno

Marshall feels grateful after brush with tragedy

PHOENIX -- Three weeks ago, there was serious question as to whether D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall was going to live through the night after being struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Reno.

On Tuesday, though, he walked into the D-backs' clubhouse for the first time since the injury and received hugs from his teammates.

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Josh Collmenter's hamster hangs out with D-backs

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Josh Collmenter's hamster hangs out with D-backs

D-backs manager Chip Hale was recording his pregame radio show from his office when out of the corner of his eye he caught something moving.

"Something just rolled into my office when I was doing my work," Hale said. "I didn't know what was going on. I went into my bathroom and there was this hamster or something rolling around in a ball."

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Mayors Giles, Mitchell play catch with kids

Mayors Giles, Mitchell play catch with kids

PHOENIX -- Down the left-field line at Chase Field just before the D-backs began to do their stretching and throwing for Tuesday night's game, there was a different game of catch going on.

Mesa Mayor John Giles and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell played catch with a group of children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mesa and Tempe.

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Umpires bring gifts to kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital

Fairchild, Hoberg visit Phoenix Children's Hospital for UMPS CARE

Umpires bring gifts to kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital

PHOENIX -- As a professional umpire, Chad Fairchild makes plenty of tough calls on a daily basis. However on Tuesday morning, Fairchild had to make a different type of decision: Batman or Spiderman?

While Fairchild was visiting Phoenix Children's Hospital as part of an UMPS CARE Charities initiative, a young boy asked him to help dress up his new stuffed animal. Fairchild chose Batman.

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D-backs' winning streak halted by Cardinals

D-backs' winning streak halted by Cardinals

PHOENIX -- A three-run seventh inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits from Tommy Pham and Yadier Molina, helped the Cardinals to a 5-3 win as they opened a four-game series against the D-backs on Monday night at Chase Field.

The victory ensured St. Louis would maintain its 3 1/2-game lead in the National League Central over the surging Pirates, winners in eight of their last 10 games. Arizona's rapid climb up the NL West standings hit a halt as the team's four-game winning streak was snapped. The D-backs trail the first-place Dodgers by 5 1/2 games.

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