Diamondbacks Tied for Lead of NL West After Winning Three of Four Games Against Colorado
By defeating the National League West-leading Colorado Rockies three times in a four-game series, the Arizona Diamondbacks now share the lead of the division, 25 games into the season.
After a 3-2 victory on Thursday, the Diamondbacks lost on Friday after yet another poor performance by starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, but the D-backs followed up with two wins over the weekend, including one 10-inning win.
-Arizona Diamondbacks Topple First-Place Colorado Rockies for 3-2 Win
Friday's start for McCarthy solidified his position as the weakest link in the D-backs' rotation.
McCarthy gave up nine hits and six earned runs over six innings of work, which, unfortunately, isn't much worse than his other starts -- dude's got an ERA of 7.48, and a WHIP of 1.77.
The Diamondbacks actually led Friday's game going into the fifth inning, 3-2, but Troy Tulowitzki hit a bases-clearing double, and Wilin Rosario tacked on one more in the sixth with a solo home run.
The Diamondbacks got the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, but Alfredo Marte struck out in his opportunity, and the D-backs ended up with the 6-3 loss.
On Saturday, the bullpen blew another lead for the Diamondbacks, after Wade Miley left the game without giving up a run.
That isn't to say Miley made it easy -- he walked seven batters, including four in the first inning. How he didn't give up a run is a minor miracle with all the base-runners, but Miley was pulled after 4 1/3 innings after throwing 98 pitches.
The Diamondbacks took the lead in the first, after A.J. Pollock hit a solo home run, asnd Miguel Montero scored on a Cody Ross triple.
After Miley was pulled with a 2-0- lead, Rosario hit another homer for the Rockies in this game, another solo shot -- this one off Brad Ziegler in the sixth inning.
D-backs reliever Heath Bell ended up giving up the other run for the Rockies in the seventh inning, as Dexter Fowler -- who hit a lead-off double in the inning -- scored on a Tulowitzki single.
After not being able to put away the game in the ninth, Pollock led off the bottom of the tenth with a single, stole second, then took third as Rosario tried to throw out Pollock on the steal, but threw it wide of second base, into the outfield.
After the Rockies intentionally walked Montero, Ross hit the ball just feet short of the deep part of Chase Field in left-center, knowing as soon as the ball came off the bat that he'd be driving in the game-winning run if it was caught or not.
In Sunday's game, Patrick Corbin had another great start, again looking like he was part of the front-end of the D-backs' rotation, not a guy who had to battle for the fifth spot.
The Diamondbacks were up 4-0 after five innings, and Corbin started to look a bit gassed in the sixth, giving up a double to Eric Young Jr. -- not exactly known as a great hitter -- who then scored after Fowler singled. Fowler ended up scoring on a wild pitch, to make the score 4-2, before Corbin ended up getting out of the inning.
Corbin couldn't quite make it out of the seventh inning after giving up a pair of singles, but no runs would score in the inning, as Matt Reynolds relieved Corbin, and earned the last out of the inning.
J.J. Putz, closing the game in the ninth, ended up allowing a single and a walk, and Carlos Gonzalez came to the plate, representing the go-ahead run.
Gonzalez didn't look like the great hitter he's been in his career, instead striking out on a fastball that was letter-high, or higher, as the Diamondbacks won 4-2.
With no break, the D-backs start a three-game series tonight at Chase Field against the San Francisco Giants. Ian Kennedy gets the start against Matt Cain, and game time is 6:40 p.m.
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