PHOENIX – David Peralta stood up in his postgame interview session and pointed to a spot on his left leg just above his knee.
“Feels good,” said the Arizona outfielder. “Walk-off win. Just hit my quad. Couldn’t get out of the way.”
Peralta took Daniel Byrd’s pitch for the team on Tuesday night, getting hit with loaded bases, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in the series opener at Chase Field.
Manager Torre Lovulo said he did not remember whether he would have seen the end of a game like this before.
“Great moment,” he said of the bench’s response. “They deserved to win this game. We built the innings with patience. The guys before that set it up and then David did his job.
Stefan Vogt took a ninth-place lead with a sharp single down the middle against Colorado reliever Daniel Byrd (4-5). Stuart Fairchild, having called earlier Tuesday and debuting in the majors, ran for Vogt. Daulton Varsho goes on a full count and Nik Ahmed stands in the center with the runners holding.
Josh Rojas went to load the base and Peralta took a pitch off leg, leaving Fairchild the winner for a memorable Major-League entry.
Joaquim Soria (1-3) took a perfect ninth for the win, which is the Diamondbacks’ 10th position since April 30.
The Rockies, who had won four of their last five at home, fell 6-32 on the road this season. That .158 percent is down from the previous all-time worst road mark of .167, set by the Boston Braves in 1935.
The Diamondbacks quickly overtook Rockies starter John Gray. The first four batsmen – Rojas, Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker – each doubled for a 3-0 lead. But Gray only dropped two more hits, both singles, and went on for six innings before going for the pinch hitter.
Colorado eventually pulled on a run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings as well. Brendan Rodgers’ double off Merrill Kelly scored the goal to Charlie Blackman, who had a single in the fourth with two.
Raimel Tapia’s two-out single in fifth brought CJ Crone home with the Rockies’ second run, and an infield out, single and sacrificial bunt after a walk pulled him into seventh as well. Jonathan Daza was originally held safe from first grounder to third base but the call was reversed on review.
Kelly has been on the mound the last four times the Diamondbacks have won 31 games back. He did not get victory this time, but he kept his team in the game.
“He’s the guy we’re turning to right now,” Lavullo said. “That’s what we need. Merrill is throwing the ball very well, executing the pitches.”
Since June 2, the Diamondbacks are just 4-27, with Kelly standing in the way of a potential 31-game losing streak.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Kelly said of her personal success. “It’s nice to be a part of it, but all I really want to do is win more.”
Kelly conceded six hits and two runs, scored a run out, and left with a 3–2 lead in the sixth. The Rockies tied in seventh to prevent him from receiving a W.
“I was pleased with the results, based on what I felt,” Kelly said. “I wasn’t feeling very well there like in the last few games.”
Gray debuted against the Diamondbacks for the fourth time this season. In those games, including Tuesday, he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA.
Gray made eight runs and scored one run, making his third start since being active on June 25. He missed three weeks with the correct flexor strain.
Diamondbacks: Manager Torre Lovulo said LHP Madison Bumgarner (left shoulder swelling) threw three innings (55 pitches) in a mock game on Monday and reported no discomfort. Ofe Cole Calhoun (left hamstring strain on 60-day IL) will play in an Arizona league game on Thursday.
Of Ketel Marte (left hamstring strain) participated in baseball activity, including live at-bat. “We’re trying not to make him run, but are starting different exercises for his leg,” Lovulo said. RHP Zack Gallen, who joined the injured list after injuring his right hamstring on his last start on Friday, is scheduled for a bullpen session tomorrow.
Humberto Castellanos (0-1, 3.09) makes his first major league debut for Arizona against fellow RHP Antonio Senzatella (2-7, 4.58) on Wednesday night.