- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

DENVER (AP) - One out away from keeping the game alive, reliever Carlos Estevez was done in by three sharply hit grounders that found their way through holes in the Colorado Rockies’ defense.

Nick Ahmed had a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks recovered after blowing a late lead to beat the Rockies 7-6 on Thursday night.

“I just wanted to get that inning clean,” Estevez said. “I got two outs and then just grounders. They went through holes.”

Down 6-3, the Rockies rallied to tie it on D.J. LeMahieu’s RBI bunt single in the eighth. Daniel Hudson was charged with three runs, but Brad Ziegler (2-2) allowed LeMahieu’s single, ending his streak of 43 consecutive successful save attempts dating back to May 29, 2015, a club record and the seventh longest ever.

Arizona starter Zack Greinke was in line for his eighth win in eight starts but took a no decision.

The Diamondbacks regained the lead in the top of the ninth off Estevez (1-4). With two outs, Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann each singled with Herrmann hitting a comebacker that glanced off Estevez’s glove.

Ahmed followed by driving a single up the middle to score the decisive run.

After the game, Ahmed said Paul Goldschmidt, who worked a 12-pitch at-bat against Estevez before striking out, paved the way for the winning hit.

And Estevez conceded that Goldschmidt made him work.

“It was amazing how he could react to close pitches,” Estevez said. “I threw every pitch that I had, in, out, up and down and he fouled off every single one of them.”

Estevez finally got him on a fastball, but the Diamondbacks then strung together three consecutive hits.

“I like our chances there with the way Carlos has been throwing the ball,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “They got the barrel to a couple of really good pitches, some good fastballs.”

Socrates Brito and Lamb each homered and Goldschmidt had an RBI single among his three base hits for the Diamondbacks, who have won nine of 12.

Nolan Arenado had a run-scoring double and Mark Reynolds homered for the Rockies, who took a 3-0 lead against Greinke but could not hold it.

Greinke singled to start a four-run third inning. Brito followed with his second homer of the season, working the count full before driving Butler’s offering over the fence in straightaway center. Lamb connected for his 15th homer of the season after Goldschmidt singled to put the Diamondbacks in front 4-3.

In the fourth, Greinke drew a leadoff walk, stole second - his first stolen base of the year and just the fifth of his career - and then scored on Yasmany Tomas’ single. Goldschmidt added an RBI single.

Greinke allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Eddie Butler went five innings and allowed six runs on 11 hits for Colorado.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray says he plans to make his next start despite coming out of his last outing Wednesday against the New York Yankees in the fifth inning because of arm fatigue. Gray was slated to throw a light bullpen session on Friday, reducing his normal complement of pitches to 25 from 40. … RF Carlos Gonzalez twisted his right wrist while striking out in the eighth inning and came out of the game in the ninth. “He just tweaked his wrist a little bit. We’ll check him out (Friday),” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (3-3), who allowed an unearned run in beating Philadelphia last time out, is set to make his third career start against the Rockies. He’s 1-0 with a 6.14 ERA against Colorado in his two previous starts.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (0-1) will make his third career start and second at Coors Field since getting a no decision in his big league debut June 12 against San Diego.

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