- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Colorado Rockies were in position to break a tie in the eighth inning Tuesday night, but a squeeze bunt attempt went awry, and they couldn’t recover.

Instead, the Arizona Diamondbacks won 4-3 in 11 innings after reliever Brooks Brown walked the three batters he faced and Christian Friedrich gave up the walk-off hit with one out and the bases loaded.

Phil Gosselin delivered a pinch-hit single off Friedrich to give Arizona the win. Gosselin knocked in Paul Goldschmidt from third base with one out after Brown (1-3), the eighth of nine pitchers for the Rockies on the night, walked A.J. Pollock, Goldschmidt and David Peralta.

Brown spent more than three months on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and hasn’t been the same pitcher he was before the injury, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

“That thing really lingered, and he was out longer than we probably anticipated,” Weiss said. “He’s had a hard time getting back to that consistency that we saw.”

As for the missed opportunity in the eighth, the Rockies had runners at first and third and one out. But D.J. LeMahieu couldn’t get a bunt down, and Nolan Arenado was caught too far off the bag at third and ruled out after running out of the baseline.

LeMahieu then lined out to Peralta, whose sliding catch prevented a run, and left Justin Morneau stranded at second to end the inning.

“It’s a safety squeeze. I talked to D.J. before he went up there and said, ‘If you see an opportunity, take it. And push it,’” Weiss said. “He’s been really good at that.”

Randall Delgado (7-4) pitched a scoreless top of the 11th for Arizona.

Jose Reyes had three hits and Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies.

Arenado drove in Reyes in the first with a fly ball for his major-league leading 127th RBI.

“This is a really good lineup they feature, all the way down,” Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said.

The Diamondbacks made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first on Goldschmidt’s two-out single to drive in Pollock.

Gonzalez’s towering home run to right in the third was his 40th of the season, giving the Rockies multiple 40-home run hitters - Arenado has 41 - in a single season for the first time since Vinny Castilla, Larry Walker and Andres Galarraga accomplished the feat in 1997. It gave Colorado a 3-1 lead.

“He’s been great. A great teammate. We feed off each other,” Gonzalez said of Arenado.

A pair of triples, one in the bottom of the third and another in the fourth, helped the Diamondbacks tie the score at 3. Ender Inciarte tripled and scored in the third, and Peralta tripled and came home on Jake Lamb’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Christian Bergman started for Colorado and left with a no-decision after five innings having allowed three runs on five hits. Robbie Ray went six innings for Arizona, allowing two earned runs on seven hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

ROCKIES: Reyes was back in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 23. He missed the past several days with a left Achilles injury. … Gonzalez had to be checked by a trainer after slipping and falling on his left side going after Inciarte’s triple near the right field fence, but he stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

ROCKIES: Right-hander Chad Bettis (8-5, 3.95) goes Wednesday and hasn’t fared well against the Diamondbacks in his career, holding a 10.80 ERA (8 1-3 innings, 10 earned runs) in four games with one start against them.

DIAMONDBACKS: Right-hander Chase Anderson - who has a career high in starts with 26, innings with 147 1-3 and strikeouts with 107 - is scheduled to start Wednesday against Colorado. Anderson is 6-6 with a 4.40 ERA.


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