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The Rockies had a 9-6 lead after coming back from a 6-0 deficit, but the wild game on Monday night would end favoring the Diamondbacks. Tyler Anderson had what was the worst start of his young career and the bullpen did what they do best, give up a late lead. The Diamondback scored six runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the 12-9 lead that they would finish the ballgame with.
Anderson was hit early and often as he gave up six runs in only 4.1 innings. He got away with a single and a balk in the first, but the following innings would not be so forgiving. In the second inning the Dbacks scored from a double and a single. In the third they would do even more damage with four hits and a walk. Four runs would cross in that inning and the Dbacks took an early 5-0 lead.
The Rockies started to climb back into it in the fourth with their first hit of the game. The Rockies had four hits and a walk of their own in the inning and scored three runs to come within two. The Dbacks did get one run back in the bottom of the inning, but that would not stop the Rockies rally.
The Rockies would tie the game in the fifth with five straight hits, the rally capped by the game tying single coming from Raimel Tapia. Cargo had the other big hit in the inning with a two run double that scored DJ and Nolan.
The Rockies continued their offensive run in the sixth with a leadoff home run from Daniel Descalso. Arenado then singled in the Rockies eighth and ninth runs of the game and it looked like the Rockies were in control. It would not last long though.
With a lead in the sixth, Jordan Lyles came on. He got two easy outs before allowing three straight singles to load the bases. Then Yasmany Tomas had the big blast of the game with a grand slam. The Dbacks scored two more before the game would end, but Tomas did all the damage Arizona needed when he hit the home run.
It goes as a tough loss for the Rockies as they rallied back from what seemed like what would be a sure loss. Having the bullpen blow the game, again, is certainly a sign of where the Rockies need to improve next year. They just do not have the bullpen relief they need and it has hurt them time and time again this year.
The Rockies can still win the series with two wins on Tuesday and Wednesday, but they will need to do a better job of not getting down early and having the bullpen shut the game down once they take the lead.