Walker 4 hits, 4 RBIs, propels Diamondbacks past Rockies 7-4 | Olympic Games

By CRAIG MEYER – Associated Press

DENVER, AP — Christian Walker had four hits, including a 460-foot homer, and four RBIs, leading rookie Tommy Henry and the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Sunday.

Walker hit two doubles on his 27th home run.

“I think if anything else, I can tone down my exertion level because I don’t need to hit 110 miles per hour for it to come out here,” he said. he declares.

“Sometimes it’s just about catching the ball well and spinning the ball correctly. I think maybe that little lower level of exertion makes you a little more efficient. I think when you’re not trying as hard, I think you’re a little freer,” he said.

Henry (2-1) won his third career start, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

“I felt like today was another step,” Henry said. “I felt comfortable. I felt like I had settled down. I felt like I was in a decent pace for most of the day.

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Ian Kennedy finished for his eighth save. The Rockies had two with one out in the ninth before Kennedy retired CJ Cron on a lineout and retired Elehuris Montero on a 3-2 count.

Even beyond Walker, the Diamondbacks have had success with Colorado starter Ryan Feltner (2-4). In 4 1/3 innings, the rookie allowed five earned runs and allowed three stolen bases, which happened with relative ease after Feltner failed to check the runner on base.

In his last five starts, the 25-year-old right-hander has posted a 9.28 ERA.

Walker hit an RBI double against the wall in left center field in the first. He homered three-run in the third for a 4-0 lead.

Trailing 7-0, the Rockies scored three times in the sixth to end a 15-inning scoreless drought. Ryan McMahon, who had three hits, hit a field single to chase Henry.

Josh Rojas had two hits and two RBIs for Arizona. Against the Rockies this season, he’s hitting .429 with eight doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was back with the team and in the dugout after missing Arizona’s 6-0 win on Saturday night to attend the memorial service in Phoenix for Nicole Hazen, wife of the Diamondbacks general manager. Diamondbacks, Mike Hazen.

Bench coach Jeff Banister served as interim coach Saturday in Lovullo’s absence. Nicole Hazen died of glioblastoma last week. She was 45 years old.

Two days after making his long-awaited major league debut, Rockies center fielder Wynton Bernard went hitless in four at-bats. He was stranded in a forced out in the sixth inning for his first career RBI.

In a 5-3 Friday win over the Diamondbacks, the 31-year-old Bernard had one hit and one stolen base, becoming the oldest player to do so in his major league debut since 1907.

Arizona designated hitter Ketel Marte left the game in the ninth inning after rounding second base on a Walker brace. Lovullo said Marte had tension in his left hamstring and was day to day.

Diamondbacks right fielder Daulton Varsho left the game after being hit in the jaw with a ball thrown at him as he returned to the dugout between innings. Lovullo said Varsho is day to day.

Diamondbacks: Continue their road trip with a four-game series against the Giants starting Monday. Arizona has yet to announce which starting pitcher will face Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.15) on Monday.

Rockies: Travel to St. Louis, where Kyle Freeland (7-8, 4.84 ERA) starts Tuesday to open a three-game series. Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.37) starts for the Cardinals.

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