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Dbacks Move Another Step Closer to NL West Title With 10-7 Victory

By Scott Allen

Just another day at the office for the Arizona Diamondbacks?  Well, it may have seemed that way, but it was still fun to watch the Dbacks defeat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 on Monday afternoon, even though Colorado made it interesting in the end, to stay seven games up on the San Francisco Giants, who en route to defeating the San Diego PadresWade Miley got his third win of the season and Justin Upton his career high 27th homer of the season. The Dbacks are now 21 games over .500 at 81-60.

The Dbacks offense got started early with Upton’s homer in the first.  Miley allowed the Rockies Dexter Fowler to tie the game in the bottom of the first with a home run and would later add a second, and Mark Ellis had a third inning solo shot to give the Rockies a brief 2-1 lead in the third inning.  After that, it was all Dbacks.  Geoff Blum got the start at third base today and went 3-4 with a home run and three RBI. Paul Goldschmidt had a three run double to comfortably put the Dbacks ahead and Aaron Hill added two doubles as well.

Miley went seven innings, giving up just the two runs.  It was just another impressive start for a rotation that has been pretty much lights out lately.  The bullpen has scuffled a little bit lately, including Zach Duke and Micah Owings today but that is more a by-product of the Rockies just continuing to play hard despite being down by so many runs. I will say this though, manager Kirk Gibson needs to learn how to take pitchers out of games quicker when they are scuffling.  It could be argued after giving up a homer and two walks, Owings should have been removed, however he stayed in and allowed a three-run homer to Troy Tulowitski.

The magic number to win the National League West is now 15.  Tomorrow night Josh Collmenter will take the mound.

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