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COL@ARI: Arenado keeps Rockies close with solo homer

PHOENIX -- For anyone expecting a pep talk to work the way it does in the movies, Rockies manager Walt Weiss can offer a dose of reality -- Saturday night's stunningly bad 14-4 loss to the D-backs, after his pregame address emphasizing focus.

"I didn't say, 'Abracadabra,'" Weiss deadpanned. "I didn't say any magic words."

The Rockies' 11th loss in the last 13 games and 20th in the last 22 road games in some ways was like many others. They didn't produce offensively and fell behind, which has been the story on the road all season -- really, for the life of the franchise -- no matter what the manager says.

Nolan Arenado's solo shot in the top of the eighth, his 11th home run of the season, cut the difference to 5-4. But for a team that's tied with the Rangers for the Majors' worst record at 45-71 (a pace that could have them flirting with the first 100-loss season in franchise history), being close often doesn't lead to success. Comebacks on the road -- where they're a Majors-worst 17-41 -- are even more scarce.

"We've lost a lot, so we've got to prove to ourselves that we can put together a total game, and win games," Weiss said.

Instead of reversing the trend, Rockies gave up nine runs and eight hits in the eighth.

Here are the lowlights:

• Reliever Tommy Kahnle coughed up a seventh-inning homer to Alfredo Marte that ensured the Rockies would be down in the eighth, gave up three hits and uncorked a wild pitch. Another low pitch was ruled a passed ball against catcher Wilin Rosario.

• Arenado fielded Mark Trumbo's no-out, two-on bouncer and fired to the plate over runner David Peralta. The high throw ticked off Rosaro's glove for an error on Arenado, which allowed a second run to score.

• Reliever Nick Masset was greeted by a Tuffy Gosewisch double. He took third when center fielder Drew Stubbs let the ball tick off his glove, then fumbled it when he tried to throw. Masset would give up two more singles and a walk before yielding a Peralta two-out grand slam on an 0-2 pitch.

"We couldn't get that third out," Weiss said. "There's not a whole lot to say about it. It just got away from us."

A dejected Rosario talked about trying to stay aggressive against the D-backs' hitters but seeing nothing work.

"Sometimes I can't understand the baseball game," Rosario said, before pausing. "I don't have too much to say."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson noted that the game was competitive at one point.

"It was a close game all the way to the last inning so it's not like a blowout," Gibson said. "It's good to tack a lot of runs on at the end."

Colorful as it was at the end, it was still another loss at Chase Field for Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa (11-8), who gave up four runs on six hits in six innings. The big blow against him was Trumbo's three-run shot on an 0-2 pitch with two out in the third to give the D-backs a 4-3 lead. De La Rosa gave up just one hit after the homer, Trumbo's eighth.

In eight starts at Chase Field, De La Rosa, who has an offseason home in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., is 0-5 with a 4.15 ERA at Chase.

Arenado finished with three RBIs -- one on a first-inning double and another on a third-inning sacrifice fly against D-backs starter Trevor Cahill (2-8). Arenado scored a run in the two-run first on a Cahill error. But other than Arenado's homer off Brad Ziegler with one out in the eighth, and Justin Morneau's two hits, the Rockies did little offensively.

Weiss didn't expect his words to change everything. He said he "tried to give some perspective."

Charlie Blackmon, who went 0-for-4 and has seen his batting average drop from the level that got him into the All-Star Game to .285, has an idea that doesn't involve words from a manager or anyone else.

"Play better," Blackmon said. "That's all I got."

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