The Arizona Diamondbacks exploded on offense to capture 19 hits and 15 runs in a 15-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday evening.
The shootout got started in the top of the first when Paul Goldschmidt doubled to deep center field to score Justin Upton and put the D-backs on top 1-0.
September 21, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (26) hits an RBI double during the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
Colorado would respond in the bottom half of the inning when Josh Rutledge doubled to left field to score Dexter Fowler, and tie things up at 1-1. They would take the lead when Wilin Rosario singled to center field to score Rutledge and put Colorado on top 2-1.
Arizona came back in the top of the third inning of a two-run RBI double by Miguel Montero, putting Arizona on top 3-2. Gerardo Parra would then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Montero from third and add Arizona’s fourth run.
Colorado would fight back in the bottom half of the inning off an RBI groundout by Chris Nelson and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Brown to tie things up at 4-4.
Another big offensive inning would follow for Arizona in the top of the four when Miguel Montero picked up an RBI single, Chris Johnson would collect an RBI double, and John McDonald would plate two more runs on an RBI single to left to put the D-backs on top 8-4.
Goldschmidt would add an RBI in the top of the fifth, and Adam Eaton would plate a couple runs off a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to extend Arizona’s lead to 11-4.
Jonathan Herrera would cut the lead to 11-5 with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Unfortunately for Colorado, Arizona’s offensive explosion would continue in the top of then seventh when Chris Johnson added a two-run home run to center field to extend the lead to 13-5. Aaron Hill would add an RBI double to right-center in the top of the eighth, and Jacob Elmore added an RBI groundout in the top of the night to cap off a 15-run evening for the D-backs.
Arizona starter Wade Miley picked up his 16th victory of the season as he allowed five earned runs off of ten hits through six innings pitched. It wasn’t his sharpest outing of the evening, but he was lucky enough to have great offensive support on the evening.
Arizona sends rookie Patrick Corbin to the mound tonight against Colorado in game 2 of the three-game set.