Five-run seventh gives D-backs Rocky Mountain sweep

DENVER (AP) -- Shawn Green and Craig Counsell had a tentative
game of Scrabble set up for the plane ride home. Starting pitcher
Juan Cruz walked around the clubhouse with shaving cream still on
his just-shaven, but smiling face.

The Arizona Diamondbacks had reason to be in a playful mood
after the team put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of
the Colorado Rockies with an 8-5 win on Sunday.

After going 8-20 in June -- the month that pitcher Jason Grimsley's house was raided by federal agents as part of an
investigation into performance-enhancing drugs -- the Diamondbacks
are now a respectable 5-3 in July.

"We're showing signs we can be a good team," Counsell said.

Arizona manager Bob Melvin liked what he saw from his team
against the Rockies. Down 5-2 in the seventh, the Diamondbacks
(43-45) rallied for the win.

"Great at-bats across the board," Melvin said.

While the mood was festive in the Arizona clubhouse, it wasn't
quite the same for the Rockies.

"It was a rough weekend," manager Clint Hurdle said. "This is
not the way we wanted things to end up in the first half. We have
to be better than this."

Despite being swept, it was a nice first half for Colorado
(44-43). It's just the fourth time in franchise history the Rockies
have entered the break with a record above .500.

Even Hurdle could see the positives through the negatives.

"We're involved in a race and that is a step forward," Hurdle

The Diamondbacks took advantage of Colorado's shaky bullpen in
the seventh.

Chris Snyder and Jeff DaVanon chased starter Aaron Cook from the
game with one-out singles and the Rockies' bullpen couldn't hold
the 5-2 lead from there.

Tom Martin relieved Cook and faced one batter, allowing a single
to Counsell to load the bases. Scott Dohmann (1-1) took over for
Martin and walked Eric Byrnes to bring home a run.

Hurdle kept the procession of relievers going by bringing in Ray King for Dohmann. King gave up an RBI single to Chad Tracy and then
Hurdle brought in Jose Mesa, who surrendered a long fly to Conor Jackson that Matt Holliday dropped for an error, allowing two runs
to score.

Gonzalez singled home Tracy for the fifth run of the inning
before pinch-hitter Tony Clark hit into a 3-6-3 double play.

The Rockies kept putting relievers in for matchup purposes, and
Arizona had the answer.

"Everybody did their job," Counsell said. "Everyone kept the
line moving."

There was some question whether the game would be played. At 59
degrees -- the coolest gametime temperature in July in team history
-- and rain steadily falling, the field was a mess.

"You held your breath every time a ball was thrown," Melvin

The Rockies had four straight extra-base hits to begin the sixth
after Arizona put in Randy Choate for Cruz.

Cory Sullivan started things off with a triple, and then Todd
Helton doubled him home. Choate was relieved by Edgar Gonzalez, who
gave up RBI doubles to Holliday and Garrett Atkins to make it 5-2.

Cruz was making his second start after spending most of June on
the disabled list for a sore right shoulder. He allowed two hits
and two runs in five innings. Cruz also walked two and struck out

"I felt more comfortable," Cruz said. "I was more

Gonzalez (1-2) worked one inning to get the win and Jorge Julio
pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.

Counsell went 3-for-4 and Tracy had three hits and two RBI for
the Diamondbacks, who finished with 13 hits. Gonzalez went 2-for-4
with a homer and two RBI and Orlando Hudson had a solo shot in the

Game notes
The Diamondbacks and Rockies combined for 13 runs in the
ninth inning of Arizona's 8-7 win Saturday. It was the second time
in the last 56 years that a game occurred in which both teams
scored at least six runs in the ninth. The other time was July 27,
1997, when Pittsburgh beat San Francisco 10-7. ... It's only the
second time the Rockies have been swept at home this season.
Florida took three from Colorado on June 2-4. ... Clint Barmes hit
a two-run, game-tying homer in the fifth, ending a 98 at-bat
homerless drought. ... The Diamondbacks released Grimsley on June