Rox struggle to make the most of chances

Rox struggle to make the most of chances

DENVER -- On Friday night it was Carlos Gonzalez's turn to see his good work go for naught in the Rockies' crazy 10-9 loss to the D-backs.

One night after striking out with the bases loaded in a one-run loss -- and sustaining a slight sprain of his right wrist in the process -- Gonzalez came through. His pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth off Randall Delgado briefly gave the Rockies the lead, but the lead disappeared when closer Carlos Estevez lost it in the ninth for the second straight night.

This is third straight game the Rockies lost in the final frame, a skid that started with Starlin Castro's game-ending solo shot off Jason Motte at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. But with so much non-performance -- which on Friday included the offense going 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position and the bullpen allowing a six-run D-backs seventh -- Gonzalez cautioned that resilience, not blame, is what the Rockies need.

"We're not going to point any fingers," Gonzalez said. "A lot of guys have a bad game, just like I had a bad game yesterday. We're just going to continue to battle and show that we're a good team and we can overcome anything like this."

Though there are numerous reasons behind this loss, left-hander Tyler Anderson would not be one. Anderson gave up just two runs and struck out eight while pitching around eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Anderson strikes out eight

The Rockies had gone 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position before Trevor Story's pinch-hit RBI single, though they were helped by four D-backs errors -- three by third baseman Jake Lamb.

Story's pinch-hit RBI single

Even with the struggles, DJ LeMahieu noted, "We scored nine runs -- that's plenty of runs. It's just a tough stretch. We've been through it before. We're going to keep playing, and good things will happen."

Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley each went 0-for-4 given opportunities to plate runs, though Reynolds just missed a homer on a deep foul ball in the ninth. His eventual bouncer with runners at first and third wouldn't have been as harmful had Nolan Arenado not taken off -- manager Walt Weiss said he was "going on contact" -- and ended up in a rundown.

At any rate, Reynolds and Hundley had their chances, with Hundley robbed of extra bases in the ninth when Rickie Weeks Jr.'s made a great catch against the left-field wall.

The Rockies took the lead in the eighth when Cristhian Adames delivered a run-scoring single off Delgado to end a 10-pitch at-bat and a run scored on a wild pitch before Gonzalez's go-ahead hit.

"We're just not getting hits in some of those situations," Weiss said. "But I felt like we had some big hits, too."

The bullpen struggled in the seventh, long before Estevez's difficult ninth. Miguel Castro's command issues continued, with two runs on a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning, Boone Logan saw all three hitters he faced reach and score, and Jason Motte gave up a first-pitch homer to Yasmany Tomas -- who would add a homer in the ninth off Estevez.

"A couple tough innings for us -- big inning in the seventh, when they scored six -- but our guys keep fighting back," Weiss said.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.