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Cook gets first win as Rockies down Diamondbacks

Jul 23, 2011 - 6:28 AM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Aaron Cook finally secured his first win of the season, and the Rockies got three hits and two runs scored from both Dexter Fowler and Mark Ellis in an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Seth Smith lifted the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Fowler tripled in a run the following inning and scored on an Ellis base hit, as the Rockies bounced back from a 9-6 loss to Atlanta on Thursday.

Cook (1-5) allowed eight hits and four runs through six innings to snap his career-high five-game losing streak. He also had two hits and drove in and scored a run.

"He hung right in there and obviously gave us a very credible performance against one of their better starters, which is all the more reason why this is a very, very nice game to win, obviously," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Daniel Hudson (10-6) was charged with 10 hits and five runs through 6 1/3 innings to lose for the first time since May 12. He had been 7-0 over his previous 12 starts.

"I just wasn't able to make a pitch when I needed to," Hudson said. "I really struggled out of the stretch, just couldn't get comfortable out of the stretch all night."

Geoff Blum clubbed a two-run homer for Arizona, which lost for the third time in four games.

The critical seventh inning started with Fowler doubling to right field. Hudson then hit Ellis and Todd Helton with pitches before Troy Tulowitzki's force play grounder plated the tying run. Joe Paterson entered from the bullpen, but Smith's sacrifice fly to left field moved Colorado to a 5-4 lead.

Willie Bloomquist was caught stealing second in the bottom of the inning, and the Rockies tacked on the insurance in the eighth. Fowler's triple to the right field corner scored Eric Young Jr. before Ellis' base hit to right.

Smith scored on a Ryan Spilborghs groundout in the ninth.

Blum homered with Miguel Montero on base in the second inning. Later in the frame, Bloomquist tripled to knocked in Hudson.

Colorado overcame that 3-0 deficit by scoring twice in the third and another in the fourth. Cook, Fowler and Ellis singled ahead of Helton's sacrifice fly in the third. Tulowitzki then hit an RBI double to left field.

Cook singled in Ty Wigginton in the fourth, but the Rockies failed to capitalize with two men in scoring position in the sixth when Cook grounded out.

Arizona seized the lead when Montero led off with a triple and scored three batters later on Gerardo Parra's single to left.

Game Notes

Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson departed after three innings due to a sore left calf...Before the game, the Rockies placed outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right wrist. To fill the vacant roster spot, the Rockies recalled Young from Triple-A Colorado Springs.