Escobar hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Rockies 6-4

Jul 7, 2021, 9:56 AM | Updated: 10:53 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are on a winning streak.

Arizona won its second straight game with a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night.

The Diamondbacks, owners of the worst record in the majors at 25-63, last won consecutive games May 10-11, when they beat the Miami Marlins in back-to-back games.

“We won a series,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “We haven’t won a series in I don’t know how long. We won two games in a row. I don’t know how long that’s been. I’m happy for these guys.”

Eduardo Escobar, the Diamondbacks’ lone All-Star Game representative, had three hits, including a three-run homer that broke open a 3-1 game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Stuart Fairchild led off with a single, right fielder Josh Rojas walked and Escobar hit his team-leading 19th home run into the right field bleachers off Colorado reliever Tyler Kinley.

“It was a high fastball, 95 mph at the top of the zone,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “We’ve seen Escobar swing through that pitch. He’s a really good low-ball hitter, but he got on top of that one and hit it out of the ballpark.”

Reliever Matt Peacock (3-6) got the win for Arizona, giving up one run in three innings. Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela (2-8) took the loss.

“You win, everything is different,” Escobar said. “I know it’s really hard … a lot of people are talking about the bad year we’re having, but I still love my team.”

Aided by two Arizona’ errors, the Rockies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ryan McMahon had an RBI double, and C.J. Cron added an RBI single.

Arizona closer Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

The Diamondbacks grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles by shortstop Nick Ahmed and catcher Daulton Varsho, and a sacrifice fly by starting pitcher Humberto Castellanos.

Castellanos made his first start for Arizona after six relief appearances and threw four shutout innings, allowing four hits. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth after throwing a season-high 60 pitches.

“He did a great job, giving us four innings,” Lovullo said.

Senzatela allowed seven hits and three earned runs in six innings. He struck out five.

“They got the three runs, but he held them down after that,” Black said. “Six innings of baseball with three runs, a lot of times that gets a team the “W,” but not tonight.”

McMahon had three hits for Colorado, which went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position.


Fairchild’s seventh-inning single was his first major league hit. He was called up from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.


Rockies: P Austin Gomber (forearm) threw a bullpen session before Wednesday’s game and will pitch in a simulated game Saturday. Black said at that point the team will determine if Gomber will go out on a rehab assignment … P Jordan Sheffield (flexor strain) has yet to pick up a baseball, but Black said he’s hopeful Sheffield can take the mound sometime in August.

Diamondbacks: P Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. Bumgarner is scheduled for another rehabilitation start if he comes out of the bullpen session well, Lovullo said … P Zac Gallen (hamstring) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and will throw another bullpen session Saturday, barring any setbacks … OF Kole Calhoun (hamstring) had “four to five” at-bats Tuesday in the Arizona League, Lovullo said.


Rockies RHP Chi Chi González (2-5, 5.52) will take the mound Thursday for the finale of the three-game series against Diamondbacks RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 5.25).


More AP MLB: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]

3 months ago

Joe Jarzynka...

Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]

3 months ago

FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...

Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]

3 months ago

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...

Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]

3 months ago

FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]

3 months ago

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...

Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]

3 months ago

Escobar hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Rockies 6-4