PHOENIX — The Colorado Rockies are still waiting for that first major league win from Jeff Hoffman.
A key figure in last year’s trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, Hoffman took the loss in his fifth career start Wednesday night, an 11-6 drubbing by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I thought he was sharp the first few innings,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “We saw glimpses and I think a lot of that due to the breaking ball. He threw some good sliders and his fastball command was a little better tonight.”
Hoffman (0-4) said he felt “a lot more comfortable” than in his previous starts. He allowed seven runs, four earned, in 4 2/3 innings.
“I kind of fell apart there in the fifth,” Hoffman said. “Probably had the best game stuff since I have been here. At some point I have to put it together where I have both command and stuff.”
Jean Segura homered twice for the second consecutive game and finished with five hits as Arizona completed a three-game sweep.
Segura and Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies each belted a leadoff homer. Chris Owings and Brandon Drury also went deep for the last-place Diamondbacks.
Making a run at a 200-hit season, Segura had three singles, three RBIs and scored three times. He has 182 hits with 17 games to play.
“He is just a good hitter,” Arizona manager Chip Hale said. “He is feeling good about himself and seeing the ball well. The power has surprised a little bit. The rest of (his) game, not at all.”
Segura went 3 for 5 with two homers Tuesday night in Arizona’s 11-4 win, and the second baseman acknowledged he’s even surprised himself with his recent power display.
“Yeah, absolutely,” he said. “I didn’t think I had that kind of power.”
He thinks having the roof open at Chase Field lately has probably helped him.
“I’m trying to hit the ball through the middle. … Solid contact, line drives,” Segura said. “I don’t try to do too much.”
Blackmon and Nolan Arenado both had three hits for the Rockies. Blackmon was a double short of the cycle.
Blackmon opened the game with a home run off Rubby De La Rosa, his ninth leadoff homer this season and the 21st of his career. DJ LeMahieu followed with a single, extending his on-base streak to 31 games.
Segura led off the bottom of the first by launching a drive to center field off Hoffman, his sixth leadoff homer this year.
After Jake Lamb walked, Yasmany Tomas ripped a run-scoring double to center.
Segura hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth. The Diamondbacks added a third run in the inning when Rockies catcher Tom Murphy dropped a throw, allowing Owings to score on a grounder by Lamb. They added two more on a run-scoring double by Drury and an RBI single by Socrates Brito.
De La Rosa made 39 pitches in the first and, after he started the second with a walk, was removed by Hale.
Braden Shipley (4-3) won in relief. Shipley gave up a two-run homer in the sixth to Daniel Descalso that cut the lead to 7-3, but Arizona got the runs back when Segura singled and Owings homered in the bottom half.
Colorado scored three in the seventh by stringing together four hits to start the inning.
Phil Gosselin scored on a wild pitch in the Diamondbacks seventh, and Drury added a solo homer in the eighth.
Arizona banged out 17 hits and has at least 10 in 14 straight games against Colorado.
Rockies OF Gerardo Parra returned to the lineup after missing a week with a strained hamstring.
The Rockies will open next season on Monday, April 3, at Milwaukee, the first of a four-game series. The home opener is on Friday, April 7, vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tyler Chatwood (11-9, 3.82 ERA) starts at home Friday night against San Diego and Christian Friedrich.