The Arizona Diamondbacks have won their seventh straight game as they survived the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning and emerged 5-1 victors on Monday night. The Diamondbacks lead the best-of-three series 1-0.
Arizona jumped out to an early lead when Ryan Roberts homered in the first inning to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. The rest of the Diamondbacks offense came in the sixth inning when Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt, John McDonald and Daniel Hudson all recorded hits for runs. The inning resulted in five hits total for four runs.
Daniel Hudson (14-9) was great all night, giving up just three hits and striking out eight batters over seven innings. The game, however, became uneasily close in the ninth inning when the Rockies filled up the bases. Bryan Shaw was replaced by Joe Paterson, who in turn was later replaced by J.J. Putz. The Rockies did score one run, but Putz came up big and sealed the deal by getting the Diamondbacks' final two outs.
The Diamondbacks are now 76-59 and are four games up on the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. Arizona have been extremely streaky over their past 20 games, sandwiching two seven-game winning streaks between a six-game losing streak. Let's hope that the Diamondbacks can keep their positive momentum going and stretch this current streak even longer.