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Nolan Arenado makes rare errors, help Diamondbacks beat Rockies 8-1

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PHOENIX — Nolan Arenado makes many more highlight-reel plays than miscues. A two-error game for the two-time Gold Glove winner only happened once in his career.

Until Thursday night.

One of those errors cost the Colorado Rockies dearly in an 8-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

David Peralta had a tiebreaking, two-run triple with two outs in the sixth after A.J. Pollock led off the innning with a home run against Rockies starter Chris Rusin. Arenado's first error, a bobbled bouncer, prolonged the inning before Peralta sent a hard grounder down the right field line to drive in Welington Castillo and Aaron Hill.

The Diamondbacks went on to score five more runs, and Arenado felt bad after just his second career two-error effort in 321 games.

"Just a terrible baseball game. My at-bats weren't great and I made some terrible plays on defense. I'm just not happy about it," Arenado said. "If I don't make that (first) error, I stop that inning. 'Rus' pitched a great game. I wish I would have picked him up like I should have."

Jeremy Hellickson (6-5) held the Rockies to a run on three hits in seven innings, striking out six in his first career regular season appearance against Colorado.

Yasmany Tomas continued to have success against the Rockies, lacing a two-run double in the seventh off reliever Scott Oberg. Tomas is 12 for 30 (.400 average) with three doubles and 10 runs batted in in seven games against Colorado this season.

Hill capped off the four-run seventh with a two-run double. Peralta, Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits each.

"The biggest thing was just keeping the ball down. This offense can do some damage and do a lot of it, so just trying to make good pitches and get ahead," Hellickson said. "The defense was great and guys got some hits when we needed them the most."

Rusin shut out the Diamondbacks for five innings and drove in the Rockies' run with a two-out single in the fifth. Rusin (3-3) allowed three runs — one earned — and six hits. He struck out six with two walks.

"Nolan, we've seen him make highlight plays all year, since he's been up here, really. He's not perfect," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "The Diamondbacks took advantage of it. He's as good as it gets. I'm not too worried about it."

PHOTO: Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Yasmany Tomas (24) and Welington Castillo high-five after scoring on a double by Aaron Hill during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Yasmany Tomas (24) and Welington Castillo high-five after scoring on a double by Aaron Hill during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Weiss liked what he saw from Rusin.

"It's a tough loss, but he did a heck of a job," Weiss said.

Troy Tulowitzki's ninth-inning single gave him a 15-game hitting streak, and he's reached base safely in 30 straight games. Both are career highs for the Rockies star shortstop, and both are the longest active streaks in the majors.

STUBBS RETURNS TO ROCKIES

The Rockies recalled outfielder Drew Stubbs from Triple-A Albuquerque before the game, sending utility player Rafael Ynoa to the minors.

Stubbs, in his seventh major league season, struck out 31 times in 51 at-bats before Colorado sent him down in May.

Stubbs was used as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and flied out to deep right field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: 2B D.J. LeMahieu, batting .296 in 75 games, got Thursday off for rest. "He's grinding, and he had a tough series in Oakland," Weiss said. "He's one of our guys that goes to post every day, so every once in a while I have to take care of him, let him catch his breath."

Diamondbacks: Archie Bradley got a scan and second opinion on his injured right shoulder on Wednesday, which revealed no significant damage beyond inflammation, and he was scheduled for a follow-up exam in Phoenix Thursday. Bradley has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 4.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Veteran Kyle Kendrick (3-10, 6.07 ERA) makes his 10th start on the road this season when he faces the Diamondbacks Friday. He's allowed five home runs to the Diamondbacks this season and has never beaten them in five career starts.

Diamondbacks: RHP Chase Anderson (4-2, 3.66 ERA) is 3-1 in his last five starts. He's 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in his career against the Rockies, who he faces Friday night.

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