Gosselin wins it for Diamondbacks in 11th, 4-3 over Rockies
PHOENIX (AP) Phil Gosselin has had an up-and-down year. He began 2015 as a prospect with the Atlanta Braves, then fractured his left thumb in May. While injured, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in June.
Since his arrival in the desert, Gosselin, who turns 27 next week, has dealt with injury rehab before being activated on Aug. 31. Finally back in uniform, he made the most of an opportunity he was given in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday night.
Brought in to pinch hit, Gosselin singled in the winning run after Colorado reliever Brooks Brown walked the bases loaded in the 11th as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 4-3 Tuesday night.
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 the three batters he faced in the inning. A.J. Pollock, Goldschmidt and David Peralta reached base after Brown threw 11 straight balls.
It was Gosselin's first career walk-off hit in 89 major league games.
''I was just trying to see something out over the plate,'' Gosselin said. ''You want to contribute any way you can if you're not starting. There's a lot of holes for you to find out there if you get a good pitch.''
Gosselin said he still feels a little like the new guy in the Arizona clubhouse. But manager Chip Hale said Gosselin's ability to play three infield spots makes him valuable, and he felt Gosselin would put the ball in play.
''He has a short swing, he has really good pitch recognition,'' Hale said. ''He has good recognition of the strike zone and knows what he wants to do. He can hit up here.''
Christian Friedrich gave up the winning hit after getting a fielder's choice from Welington Castillo.
Randall Delgado (7-4) pitched a scoreless top of the 11th.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Brown hasn't quite been the same pitcher since shoulder inflammation cost him three months on the disabled list.
''He missed a lot of time. 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.''
Jose Reyes had three hits and Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies.
Nolan Arenado drove in Reyes in the first with a fly ball for his major-league leading 127th RBI.
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.
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.
DIAMONDBACKS: SS Nick Ahmed is likely out for the remainder of the season with a back injury.
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.
IT'S A GIRL!
Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler and his wife Kristen became parents on Monday in Kansas City with the birth of daughter Lauryn Michelle. Ziegler was not with the team on Tuesday.
HEAT OF THE NIGHT
The retractable roof at Chase Field was pushed open for Tuesday night's game, though the temperature was 98 degrees with a slight breeze at first pitch.