Arizona Diamondbacks -- Mostly Ian Kennedy -- Beat Colorado Rockies 6-3
The Arizona Diamondbacks' two hottest hitters, Jason Kubel and Aaron Hill, went a combined 0-for-8 last night.
The D-backs still beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 at Chase Field.
D-Backs starter Ian Kennedy drove in three runs on a standing triple -- to repeat, Ian Kennedy drove in three runs on a triple -- as the former Cy Young Award candidate pitched eight innings, giving up just two runs.
The D-backs got on the board in the second inning, as Paul Goldschmidt took the first pitch he saw and drove it more than 400 feet into the outfield bleachers.
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After giving up just one hit in four innings, Kennedy got his second at-bat with two outs in the fourth, with Goldschmidt, Justin Upton, and Ryan Roberts occupying bases after drawing walks.
Off the bat, it looked like Kennedy would homer; he drove it more than 400 feet. Somewhat unfortunately, Chase Field keeps in 400-footers in center field, and Kennedy was stuck with just a bases-clearing triple for just his second hit of the year.
Willie Bloomquist would drive in Kennedy before the third out, for a 5-0 D-backs lead after four.
Josh Rutledge gave the Rockies' anemic response in the top of the fifth inning, with a solo home run to bring the Rockies within four.
Kennedy looked like he was throwing complete-game material -- absolutely pegging corners -- but he gave up a couple hits in the eighth, as the Rockies scored one more.
The D-backs tacked on one more in the bottom of the eighth, though, to keep a safe distance with a score of 6-2.
D-backs reliever Mike Zagurski was brought in to start the ninth inning since it wasn't a save opportunity, but the first Rockies batter, Carlos Gonzalez, hit a home run -- turning it into a save situation.
Closer J.J. Putz was put in to get the job done, and his split-fingered fastball was nasty. He got one Rockies batter to foul out, then struck out the next two to complete the win.
That was the first of a three-game series against the Rockies, and Joe Saunders takes the mound at 6:40 p.m. today against a Rockies starter to be announced.
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