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Diamondbacks seek relief, first place in division

Sep 1, 2007 - 2:43 PM Colorado (68-65) at Arizona (75-61), 9:40 pm EDT

PHOENIX (Ticker) - After the past few games, the Arizona Diamondbacks would like to get some relief from their relievers. They look to solve some bullpen issues as they continue their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

As late as Sunday, the Diamondbacks were proud owners of the best record in the National League and a three-game lead in the NL West over San Diego.

However, they have since dropped four of their past five contests to lose both distinctions, falling into a first-place division tie with the Padres (74-60). San Diego and New York Mets (74-60) share the honor NL's top record, percentage points ahead of the Diamondbacks.

Over the last five games, Arizona's bullpen has given up 14 runs - 10 earned - and 20 hits in 10 1/3 innings. The latest meltdown robbed Livan Hernandez of a likely win as he threw seven scoreless innings on Friday before the relievers surrendered all seven runs in a 7-3, 10-inning loss to Colorado in the series opener.

Dana Eveland (0-0, 20.25 ERA) will make his first start this season and just the sixth of his career for the Diamondbacks. Eveland's last start came on June 2, 2006, and he has not registered a win since July 26, 2005.

In two appearances this season, the lefthander has yielded three runs over 1 1/3 innings.

The Rockies will counter with Elmer Dessens (2-1, 5.64), who will make just his fourth start this season after spending the majority of the year either coming out of the bullpen or on the disabled list.

Dessens hurled six frames, yielding one run and three hits in a 10-5 triumph over the Washington Nationals on Monday to register his first win since April 10. In 10 career appearances - five starts - against Arizona, the righthander is 1-0 with a 3.15 ERA.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    COLORADO 0 0 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 7 11 0
    ARIZONA 1 7 4 0 0 0 0 1 x 13 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: COL - ELMER DESSENS, RAMON ORTIZ (2ND), JORGE JULIO (3RD), JEREMY
    AFFELDT (6TH), MATT HERGES (7TH) AND CHRIS IANNETTA
    ARI - DANA EVELAND, EDGAR GONZALEZ (3RD), DUST

    Sep 2 1:14 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY STEPHEN DREW (10) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF MATT HERGES.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 7, ARIZONA 13
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: C SNYDER (.250, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 2 1:02 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED TODD HELTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G ATKINS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 7
    ARIZONA 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: J AFFELDT (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 2 12:26 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TODD HELTON SCORED KAZ MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T HELTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 6
    ARIZONA 12 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: G ATKINS (.280, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 2 12:21 AM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TONY CLARK SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON AND ERIC BYRNES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, T CLARK ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    ARIZONA 12 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.231, 0-FOR-2)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 11:17 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E BYRNES ON FIRST, O HUDSON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    ARIZONA 10 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: T CLARK (.231, 1-FOR-2, HR, 3 RBI)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 11:16 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS YOUNG SCORED JEFF SALAZAR.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    ARIZONA 9 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: O HUDSON (.291, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 11:15 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TROY TULOWITZKI SCORED TODD HELTON AND GARRETT
    ATKINS.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, T TULOWITZKI ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 5
    ARIZONA 8 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: R SPILBORGHS (.297, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:57 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GARRETT ATKINS SCORED WILLY TAVERAS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, G ATKINS ON FIRST, T HELTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 3
    ARIZONA 8 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T TULOWITZKI (.290, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:55 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MATT HOLLIDAY SCORED RAMON ORTIZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, W TAVERAS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 2
    ARIZONA 8 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: T HELTON (.305, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:49 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLY TAVERAS SCORED CHRIS IANNETTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W TAVERAS ON FIRST, R ORTIZ ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 1
    ARIZONA 8 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR COLORADO: K MATSUI (.299, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:44 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY TONY CLARK (12) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 2ND OFF RAMON ORTIZ SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON AND ERIC BYRNES.
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0, ARIZONA 8
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: S DREW (.231, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:35 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED CHRIS YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, E BYRNES ON FIRST, O HUDSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: T CLARK (.226, 0-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:28 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CHRIS YOUNG SCORED JEFF SALAZAR.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C YOUNG ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: O HUDSON (.291, 1-FOR-1)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:21 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JEFF SALAZAR SCORED CHRIS SNYDER AND MARK
    REYNOLDS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J SALAZAR ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: D EVELAND (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 10:19 PM


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    AT ARIZONA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ERIC BYRNES SCORED ORLANDO HUDSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BYRNES ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: COLORADO 0
    ARIZONA 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR ARIZONA: T CLARK (.228, 11 HR, 34 RBI)

    Rockies vs. DiamondbacksSep 1 9:57 PM