One night after being shutout 4-0, the Diamondbacks came out and returned the favor with a 10-0 victory over the Rockies Tuesday evening. Ian Kennedy had perhaps his most impressive 2012 start thus far allowing only five hits over six innings while tying his career-high in strikeouts with 12. Jason Kubel lead the offensive charge with five RBIs and three runs.
The ballgame started off with two towering two-run home runs, one from Aaron Hill in the second and another from Kubel in the third to put the D-backs up 4-0. The offensive onslaught would continue from there with Arizona getting three more runs off Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie (3.1 IP, 7 ER, 11 H) before he could make it out of the fourth inning alive.
With Kennedy at his best, it seemed like he was destined to get to that elusive 13th strikeout after getting to 12 Ks twice before in his career (Aug. 26 2010 vs. SD and Sep. 19, 2011 vs. PIT). But alas, his pitch count was at 103 after the sixth frame and manager Kirk Gibson elected to go to the pen for Josh Collmenter. Collmenter would go on to pitch two nearly flawless innings of his own, allowing only one hit and striking out three.
In the eighth, the D-backs would take on three more thanks to a Gerardo Parra solo shot (his fourth hit of the night), a Kubel RBI-triple and a Miguel Montero sacrifice fly.
With the win, the Diamondbacks move to only four games under .500 (26-30). Wade Miley (6-2) heads to the bump to take on Josh Outman (0-1) Wednesday evening as the Diamondbacks look to take their second straight series against a divisional opponent.