- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Tyler Matzek threw very few strikes, leading to an awfully short afternoon - on a day the Colorado Rockies needed him to go deep into the game, too.

Matzek matched a career high with six walks as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the reeling Rockies 13-7 in a doubleheader opener Wednesday.

Rain postponed the first two games of the series, and another storm was expected later. When not getting washed out, the Rockies have been outscored 60-24 in losing six straight.

“It’s disappointing that I let my team down,” Matzek said. “We had to go to the bullpen early, which is terrible, especially on a day we have a doubleheader. Just disappointed.”

Matzek (2-1) allowed four runs in two innings in his first start since leaving an April 27 outing at Arizona with a hamstring cramp.

The lefty couldn’t command of his fastball. Of his 58 pitches, only 20 were for strikes.

“The fastball feel just wasn’t there,” Matzek said.

He insisted the hamstring wasn’t a factor. And neither was waiting around the last two days for the weather to clear up.

“I won’t put the blame on anything,” Matzek said. “But a couple days off, not being able to get a good round of catch in - you lose that feel a little bit. That’s something they had to deal with, too. Every single pitcher and player had to deal with it.

“I didn’t deal with it very well. I’ll learn from it and make the adjustment next time.”

Aaron Hill tied a career high with four RBIs, including a three-run homer, and Ender Inciarte made two catches against the outfield wall to help the Diamondbacks end a three-game skid.

Josh Collmenter (3-3) went seven innings and surrendered five runs, including three homers.

The righty tried to stay loose through the two-day break. It was far from easy.

“I did the same routine both days. I threw a little bit yesterday just to make sure,” Collmenter said. “I played catch just a little bit to try to keep it as close to normal as possible.”

Hill had four RBIs in a game for the eighth time - the first since Aug. 11, 2013, against the New York Mets. The Diamondbacks tied a season high with 18 hits.

“No leads are ever safe. So it’s fun to see them continue to have good at-bats and put runs on the board,” Collmenter said.

Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Yasmany Tomas finished with three RBI singles. Inciarte added four hits, and his biggest contribution was with his glove.

Inciarte caught a deep drive by Nick Hundley against the left-field wall in the fifth. Then, moving over to right as part of a switch, Inciarte made another grab against the wall in the seventh to rob Charlie Blackmon of extra bases.

Justin Morneau and Hundley had solo homers for Colorado. Pinch-hitter Drew Stubbs connected for a two-run homer in the eighth, which chased Collmenter.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: Manager Chip Hale isn’t sure when Patrick Corbin (elbow) will pitch again after the left-hander threw three innings Tuesday in an extended spring training game. “I think they might be giving him six days,” Hale said. … Hale had no update on 3B Jake Lamb (left foot stress reaction), who recently was cleared to walk on a treadmill.

Rockies: Closer Adam Ottavino (elbow) was scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Ottavino is concerned he will need season-ending Tommy John surgery. “Could be a long road ahead,” manager Walt Weiss said. “But he’s ready for that.” … RHP LaTroy Hawkins (biceps tendinitis) was slated to resume throwing Wednesday. “We’re not rushing this thing,” Hawkins said.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: Lefty Robbie Ray will be added to the roster before the second game. He’s scheduled to be sent back to Triple-A Reno following his start.

Rockies: Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.25 ERA) will start the second game. He took the loss when the Rockies played in Arizona last Wednesday. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.07 ERA in seven starts against Arizona.


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