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Gazette Premium Content Lyles breaks hand in loss to Diamondbacks

The Associated Press Updated: June 5, 2014 at 12:36 am

DENVER — Starter Jordan Lyles walked through the clubhouse with a bandage covering his left hand.

Another night, yet another hand injury for the Colorado Rockies.

Lyles becomes the latest player heading for the disabled list after breaking his glove hand in the first inning of a 16-8 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

He was hurt when he tried to tag out Martin Prado at home after a wild pitch. But Lyles stayed in the game, using two hands to catch the ball when it was thrown back to him. He finally left after the fourth.

"I knew something was wrong, because I've never felt that feeling before," Lyles said. "I didn't want to come out in the first, make the bullpen go nine. Thankfully, we got four innings."

Troy Tulowitzki just shook his head at the news.

"We've had a lot of hand injuries," said Tulowitzki, whose team dropped their sixth straight game.

Indeed.

Before the contest, Rockies All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed left index finger. It's another big bat out of the lineup as Nolan Arenado (fractured finger) went on the DL on May 24.

"With the streak we've been on, to have Lyles break his hand, it's unfortunate," Tulowitzki said.

As far as losses go, this one was particularly painful for the Rockies. They overcame a four-run deficit to take the lead, only to squander it right back.

"Kept battling back, didn't have enough," Tulowitzki said. "They kept having an answer and we didn't have the last one."

Miguel Montero drove in a career-high six runs and Paul Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Diamondbacks.

The Rockies led 8-5 before the Diamondbacks scored six times in the eighth to reclaim the lead. They were hardly done, adding five more in the ninth to turn a close game into a runaway win. The Diamondbacks tied a season high with 21 hits.

The top five hitters in the lineup each had three hits and combined for 14 RBIs. Montero helped lead the way as he drove in two runs on sacrifice flies, had a run-scoring single and hit a three-run homer in the ninth.

"It was awesome," Montero said.

Brad Ziegler (2-1) got two outs in the seventh to earn the win. Rex Brothers (2-4) took the loss after the big eighth.

Arizona surrendered four runs in the seventh to fall behind, but responded right away as Brothers imploded. The reliever gave up four straight singles, including a run-scoring liner by Chris Owings, and then then walked Gerardo Parra with the bases loaded to bring in another run. Nick Masset was summoned from the bullpen and promptly gave up Goldschmidt's double down the line.

"You're just looking for something you can hit hard," Goldschmidt explained. "The pitch ran a little bit inside but I think it was right on the corner and I was able to hit it."

Didi Gregorius led off the game with a solo homer as Arizona built an early 4-0 lead.

The Rockies came back with four runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh. D.J. LeMahieu's two-out infield single in the seventh tied the game and a throwing error by Owings at shortstop allowed the Rockies to take the lead. Pinch hitter Drew Stubbs also added a two-run single.

Brothers faced five batters without getting an out. He allowed five of the runs.

Another rough outing for Brothers.

"I'm not going to talk about Rex's situation right now, as far as his future," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Just got to keep working through it, like all of us do. It's up to us to turn this thing around, each guy. Nobody is going to do it for us."

Arizona starter Josh Collmenter, coming off a complete-game win, was cruising until the fifth, when the Rockies broke out of their offensive funk. Tulowitzki had a two-run double and Michael Cuddyer followed with a two-run single.

Tulowitzki slid just past Montero's tag for the tying run. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson challenged the play but after a quick review, the call was upheld.

NOTES: Tulowitzki leads the majors in batting (.354) and All-Star votes (1,419,718). ... Arizona will send RHP Bronson Arroyo (4-4) to the mound in the series finale Thursday, while the Rockies counter with RHP Juan Nicasio (5-3). ... Prized prospect RHP Eddie Butler will make his major league debut for Colorado on Friday. ... Colorado allowed a season-high 16 runs.

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