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Diamondbacks rip Rockies, Antonio Senzatela in 11-2 rout – The Denver Post

PHOENIX — Antonio Senzatela’s sweet season ended on a sour note.

And the Rockies got rocked in October, losing 11-2 to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field. The D-Backs, who have already lost 110 games, snapped a five-game losing streak.

Arizona pounded Colorado pitching for 17 hits, including eight doubles, which tied a D-Backs’ franchise high. The eight doubles allowed are the second-most allowed by the Rockies in their history. It’s happened 11 times.

Plus, the D-Backs scored all 11 runs with two outs.

Senzatela entered the night having pitched at least six innings in nine consecutive games, eight of them quality starts. The right-hander had joined left-hander Kyle Freeland as Colorado’s most dependable starter in the final third of the season.

But the Diamondbacks lit Senzatela up for six runs on six hits in the first inning.

Senzatela, in fact, never escaped the first. Manager Bud Black gave him the hook with one out left after Senzatela walked Pavin Smith.

“From my dugout view, it looked as though the pitches that he hit were elevated, thigh to belt high,” Black said. “He couldn’t get the ball to the corners and couldn’t get the ball down consistently. … He just couldn’t make the pitch to get out of the inning. He threw strikes, but not quality strikes.”

Senzatela’s two-thirds of an inning marked the shortest start of his career. The previous low-water mark was a 1 1/3-inning start at the New York Yankees on July 29, 2019, in which he was charged with six earned runs.

Smith led off the first with a single and took second on a wild pitch. Senzatela retired Ketel Marte and Daulton Varsho, and then the floodgates opened, beginning with Christian Walker’s run-scoring double. Four hits and two walks later, Senzatela was still searching for out No. 3.

The right-hander finished the season 4-10 with a 4.42 ERA over a career-high 28 starts.

“In a nutshell, I don’t think his win-loss record reflects how he pitched,” Black said. “I loved his (low) walk rate and the ERA got a little bit elevated today. Overall, he threw the ball well and we saw some growth and improvement.”

There were a couple of swings of good news in Colorado’s penultimate game of the season.

Sam Hilliard led off the third with a solo home run to left off Arizona starter Zac Gallen. It was Hilliard’s second game in a row with a homer and the outfielder has hit 14 home runs this season, including five homers in his last 11 road games.

“Definitely a good thing for me (to finish the season strong),” Hilliard said. “I’ve been grinding, obviously, all year. It’s been a year of adjustments for me and to see it pay off kind off at the end here is a really good feeling, and testament to the hard work I’ve been putting in in the cage.”

Backup catcher Dom Nunez also launched a homer for the second consecutive night. He led off the fifth with a solo homer to right field off Gallen, Nunez’s 10th homer of the season.

The Diamondbacks teed off on long reliever Jhoulys Chacin, too. They scored three runs in the third, combining a Geraldo Perdomo triple, a walk by Smith, and Marte’s two-run double.

The Rockies, 74-86, finish their season on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field. Because of a rainout at Atlanta on their last road trip — a game that was never made up — the Rockies will play only 161 games this season.

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1:10 p.m. Sunday, Chase Field
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The Rockies have not officially announced their starter for Sunday’s season finale and manager Bud Black said it’s likely to be a “bullpen game.” Still, right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez came off the injured list Saturday and will probably open the game and pitch three or four innings. Gonzalez is 3-7 with a 6.50 ERA and 1.525 WHIP over 23 games (18 starts).

Trending: Veteran right fielder Charlie Blackmon entered Saturday night’s penultimate game of the season having reached base safely in 13 consecutive games, slashing .313/.411/.417 during that stretch.

At issue: Outfielder Garrett Hampson, who’s been fighting for more playing time, had a difficult final homestand (3-for-22 with eight strikeouts). He realizes he needs to be more consistent at the plate in order to get more starts. He entered Saturday’s game slashing .255/.315/.441 in 34 games since Aug. 18 after a 23-game stretch in which he went 6-for-51 (.118).

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