Rockies beat D-Backs behind Ryan Castellani, end 7-game losing streak

The Rockies desperately needed a victory, by any means necessary.

They got it by utilizing the tried-and-true formula of solid starting pitching by rookie Ryan Castellani, shutdown work by the bullpen and a few timely hits to beat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The Rockies’ win halted their seven-game losing streak and extended Arizona’s misery. The Diamondbacks have lost six straight.

Raimel Tapia, who’s beginning to shine at the top of the order, produced the go-ahead run in the fifth, driving in Tony Wolters, who led off with a double. Tapia, 3-for-5 with a stolen base, is batting .306.

Right-hander Daniel Bard, back in the majors after a seven-year absence, threw a perfect ninth to notch his second save. Yency Almonte and Carlos Estevez combined to throw two scoreless innings.

Castellani, who graduated from Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, did his alma mater proud, pitching six strong innings and departing with a 3-2 lead to pick up his first big-league win.

The rookie right-hander allowed three hits, struck out two and walked three. He made two big mistakes and the D-backs made him pay for them. Kole Calhoun hit a hanging slider for a two-out solo homer to right in the third and Christian Walker hammered a high changeup to left for a solo homer in the fourth, tying the game 2-2.

Arizona’s fifth inning ended with a bizarre header worthy of Lionel Messi, and with the ejection of manager Torey Lovullo.

The Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte flew out to shallow left field where Raimel Tapia snared it for the second out. Tapia attempted to double up Kole Calhoun at first but Tapia’s throw bounced by Daniel Murphy and Calhoun broke for second. But Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, backing up first, threw toward second and Calhoun intentionally turned his head into the ball’s path, essentially head-butting the baseball. Calhoun was called for interference and Lovullo got the thumb for arguing.

Trevor Story jumpstarted Colorado with a solo homer in the first, his ninth of the season. It was Story’s 20th homer in 70 games against Arizona. For his career, Story is batting .329 (87-for-264) with 23 doubles, two triples and 51 RBIs against the Diamondbacks.

It was not all good news. The Rockies continue having a difficult time turning big opportunities into big innings. That malady struck again in the third. The Rockies had the bases loaded with one out in the third, and although Daniel Murphy delivered a run with a sacrifice fly, that was the extent of the rally.

After going 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position while they were swept in Los Angeles by the Dodgers, Colorado was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position Monday night.

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