Story hits walk-off HR in 9th, Rockies beat slumping Dbacks

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DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Sunday.

Story hit a 1-1 curveball from Stefan Crichton (0-3) to complete a sweep of the Diamondbacks. It was his fifth homer of the season.

Josh Fuentes had two doubles and Daniel Bard (2-3) pitched the ninth to get the win.

Pavin Smith homered for Arizona, which has lost eight in a row and 13 straight on the road. The Diamondbacks nearly overcame the early exit of starter Taylor Widener but slipped into last place in the NL West.

Colorado starter Jon Gray retired the first 12 batters he faced before David Peralta singled leading off the fifth. Against Arizona on April 8, he didn’t allow a hit through six innings.

Gray was spotted a 2-0 lead into the sixth when he faltered. He walked the first two, including pitcher Alex Young, and after a sacrifice fly scored the first run Smith homered down the right-field line to put the Arizona ahead 3-2.

Colorado tied it 3-all in the eighth on an RBI grounder. Yonathan Daza was later thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a double.

Widener left the game with two outs in the second inning with right groin discomfort after allowing an unearned run on Story’s RBI single.

It was Widener’s first game since April 22. He was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after being sidelined by a right groin strain.

The Rockies added another run in the fifth after a challenge overturned an inning-ending double play and kept Charlie Blackmon on second base. Fuentes hit his second double to score Blackmon.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Optioned OF/INF Josh VanMeter to Triple-A Reno to make room for Widener on the roster.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left shoulder soreness) is on track to make his first start of the season Tuesday at the New York Mets. ... RHP Peter Lambert (Tommy John surgery) is throwing bullpen sesssions but is not close to making a return.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Will open a three-game home series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Arizona has not announced a starter for the first game.

Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (2-4, 4.96) will open a four-game series against the Mets in New York on Monday night.

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Michael Kelly, The Associated Press

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