The Arizona Diamondbacks win their fifth home game in a row, as they hope their ten-game home stand propels them towards a late season playoff run. The scoring parade continued for the D-backs, as they defeated the Rockies 6-2, for their second win of the three game series.
The Rockies hit several long balls early in the game against Joe Saunders, but it wasn't until the fourth inning that they were able to put a hit on the board. With two outs and full count, Michael Cuddyer drilled his 13th home run into the left field bleachers, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Up to that point, Saunders had struck out six of the 11 Rockies he faced.
Chris Young walked to lead off the bottom of fourth for the D-backs, and stole second for his sixth stolen base of the season. Stephen Drew followed with a line drive double to left center, scoring Young and tying the score. After Joe Saunders struck out on a foul bunt, the Rockies pulled starter Edwar Cabrera for reliever Josh Roenicke. Willie Bloomquist hit a ground-rule double to left center, as a fan reached over the outfield wall to catch the ball in flight. The hit was ruled fan interference, and not a home run, but the double scored Drew from second, giving the D-backs a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Justin Upton walked for the second time in the game, and Chris Young homered (11) on the first pitch he saw from Roenicke. The Diamondbacks stretched their lead to 4-1.
With two outs in the sixth inning Michael Cuddyer, who was the only Rockies player who seemed to be able to hit Saunders on the night, hit his second home run of the game, and his 14th of the season.
Jason Kubel led off the seventh with a line drive double into the left center gap. Paul Goldschmidt advanced Kubel to third on a deep fly to right field, then Justin Upton was intentionally walked for the second time in the game, putting runners on first and third. Upton got his twelfth steal on the season, and Miguel Montero placed a line drive double to center field that scored Kubel and Upton, giving the D-backs a 6-2 lead, and the win.
The Diamondbacks haven't scored less than six runs since July 17, a span that has lasted seven consecutive games. This is also the eighth consecutive home game the D-backs have won. The Diamondbacks will try to sweep their second consecutive series when they take on the Rockies tomorrow night. They will take on the Mets in a four game series at Chase Field beginning July 26.