National League Game Summary - Colorado at Arizona
(Wednesday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Colorado 2, Arizona 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - DJ LeMahieu had two hits, including a go-ahead RBI single, Jeff Francis pitched five effective innings, and the Colorado Rockies held off the Arizona Diamondbacks, 2-1, in the season finale for both teams at Chase Field.
Francis (6-7) allowed just one run on five hits and struck out three while walking one to earn the victory.
Matt Belisle retired the final batter in the ninth to strand the tying run at third and pick up his third save of the year for Colorado (64-98), which finished the season by taking two of three from Arizona.
"I think that is a tremendous way for us to end our season, when you consider in relationship to our young players, for three days in a row to have them go out there and perform against this ball club, in a manner in which they did," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy.
"I just think it was tremendous, and it typifies what they have done all year long: Go out there and play the game as hard as they can play it, with all the effort and energy that they can put forth, and what else can a manager ask."
Ian Kennedy (15-12) pitched well in defeat, giving up two unearned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks over seven strong frames.
"This whole series has been really exciting, whether you're winning or losing, both teams, it's tough," said Kennedy. "We didn't have anything to play for, but the last three games, we gave the fans something to stay and cheer for. It was a tough loss, but I thought we fought hard all the way to the end and made it an exciting game."
Justin Upton had three hits and also stole a base, while A.J. Pollock hit a home run for the D'backs (81-81), who lost three of their last four to end the season.
The D'backs jumped out to a lead in the third when Pollock lifted a 3-1 fastball from Francis into the seats in left field to go up 1-0.
Colorado came back in the fourth, however, taking advantage of a few Arizona miscues.
Kennedy hit Charlie Blackmon with a pitch and Jordan Pacheco singled to put runners at first and second with no outs. Blackmon then scored when Chris Johnson's throw to first on a Wilin Rosario grounder was off target.
LeMahieu's RBI single later in the frame made it a 2-1 game.
Arizona had one last opportunity to tie the game in the ninth after reliever Rex Brothers hit Gerardo Parra with a pitch before walking Pollock to put runners on the corners with two outs.
The Rockies called on Belisle to face Aaron Hill, whose two-run ninth-inning home run in Tuesday's contest propelled the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 win.
But Hill failed to deliver this time around and lined out to left and Colorado held on for one final victory to end the disappointing year.
With a win against the Cubs Sept. 28, Kennedy became just the fourth Arizona pitcher in franchise history to record back-to-back 15-win seasons, joining Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling and Brandon Webb ... Hill's 184 hits this year are fifth-most in single-season Arizona franchise history behind Matt Williams' 190 in 1999 and Luis Gonzalez's 192 in 1999, 198 in 2000 and 206 in 2001 ... The Rockies finished the season with just a 28-44 record against the NL West ... Colorado's Andrew Brown was ejected in the eighth inning after striking out to end the frame with runners on first and second ... Colorado won 14 series this year.
10/03 23:55:35 ET