Like they have throughout their current hot streak, the Diamondbacks got some very good starting pitching, great relief help and timely hitting in their 4-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday night. With the win, the Diamondbacks finished up a perfect 6-0 homestand and extended their win streak to nine games.
For his fifth consecutive start, starter Josh Collmenter gave up two runs or less in a start.
In tonight’s game, the right-hander surrendered five hits and two runs in six innings to even back his record up on the season at eight wins and eight losses. Collmenter was taken out by Kirk Gibson after only 85 pitches, but move proved to be a good decision after pinch hitter Sean Burroughs drove in a run to extend Arizona’s lead to two in the sixth.
The bullpen would go on to pitch three scoreless innings after Colmenter was taken out of the ballgame. Joe Paterson and Bryan Shaw combined to allow a couple of hits in the seventh,, but managed to escape trouble. The same could be said for David Hernandez in the eighth inning. J.J. Putz would allow a two-out single in the ninth, but would retire Troy Tulowitzki for the final out to grab his 35th save on the season.
Most of Arizona’s offense would come on one swing of the bat in the first inning. After a leadoff single from Willie Bloomquist and another plunking of Justin Upton by Colorado pitching, Miguel Montero would hit a ball deep into the right field stands to give his club an early three-run lead. Burroughs RBI single in the sixth was the only other offense that the D’Backs needed on the night.
Arizona now will head to San Francisco with a six-game lead on the defending champs. With being down by that may games with little time left, this will clearly be a bigger series for the Giants than it is for the Diamondbacks, but the Snakes could put the champs away for good if they can find a way to salvage two games in the series.