D-backs Take Fourth Straight, Win 6-3

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (48-48) were able to get back to the .500 mark with a 6-3 victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies (36-59) on Monday evening.

Paul Goldschmidt put the snakes on the board first with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning, putting the D-backs on top 1-0.

They would add a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy tripled to deep center field, scoring Goldschmidt, Justin Upton, and Ryan Roberts, extending Arizona’s lead to 4-0. Kennedy would score on an RBI double by Willie Bloomquist.

Colorado would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning when Colorado shortstop Josh Rutledge hit a solo home run to left-center field.

The Rockies would cut the lead to 5-2 when Dexter Fowler would hit an RBI single to center field in the top of the eighth inning, scoring Rutledge.

Ryan Roberts would extend Arizona’s lead to 6-2 in the bottom half of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Upton.

Carlos Gonzalez would add a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to cut the lead to 6-3, but would not be enough to mount a comeback for the Rockies.

Arizona Starter Ian Kennedy looked like the Arizona starter that won 21 games last season, as he struck out seven batters on the evening, while allowing only five hits and two earned runs through eight strong innings pitched. JJ Putz would come in the bottom of the ninth to shut the door for the snakes, earning his 18th save on the season.

With the victory, Arizona won their fourth straight game, and approached the .500 mark at 48-48 on the season. Arizona starter Joe Saunders will take the mound tomorrow evening in game two of the series.