The Arizona Diamondbacks won their ninth-straight game and held on to a six-game lead over the San Francisco Giants who managed to (finally) get a home win against the Cubs. The win also marks the second-straight series sweep over a divisional foe. The Colorado Rockies didn't go down without a fight but in the end, they were sent away winless.
Josh Collmenter has now faced the Rockies four times and they seemed a bit more prepared for him. The Rox recorded five hits and hit several other balls hard that the defense was able to turn into outs. What saved Collmenter was the zero walks issued. He gave up a solo home run to the suddenly powerful Dexter Fowler (his second on the season) and an RBI to Eliezer Alfonzo.
"Just think about how many runs we save," skipper Kirk Gibson said after the game. "It's just awesome. We played great defense...We've been talking about it, that makes your pitching a lot better. Josh (Collmenter) didn't walk anybody. So, when you're not walking anybody and you're making big plays like that consistently it just helps you hold 'em down."
Miguel Montero provided the pop with a three-run home run in the first inning after Willie Bloomquist singled and Justin Upton was hit by his 16th pitch of the season. Gerardo Parra, who gunned down the speedy Fowler at the plate earlier in the game, drove in a fourth D-back run in sixth.
The bullpen continued to be effective. They went three scoreless innings to secure the win for Collmenter. J.J. Putz gets his 35th save.
The D-backs now head to San Francisco with a chance to put the Giants in a very deep hole with a couple of wins.
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