Kubel went 3 for 4 with a second-inning homer to help Arizona (47-48) complete a three-game sweep of Houston with an 8-2 victory Sunday. He homered three times and drove in six runs in Saturday's 12-3 win and is hitting .409 with six homers and 11 RBIs over his last five games, of which the Diamondbacks have won four."Kubel had a huge series and we all kind of fed off of that," said Chris Young , who hit a three-run homer Sunday.
The sweep got Arizona off to a solid start on its 10-game homestand."We want to continue to roll on this," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We know when we come off this homestand it's very important that we get over .500. We head on the road for virtually all of August."
Kubel's current hot stretch began Wednesday when he homered twice to help Kennedy and the Diamondbacks beat Cincinnati 7-1. He also went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer and had five RBIs when Arizona beat Colorado 10-0 in the most recent meeting June 5 - which Kennedy also won.
Kennedy (7-8, 4.33 ERA) had gone 1-3 with a 5.84 ERA over his previous six starts before giving up one run in eight innings of Wednesday's win. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.75 ERA in his last six starts versus the Rockies after allowing five hits in six innings of last month's outing.
This time he'll be opposed by Sanchez (0-0, 0.00), who went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts with Kansas City before being acquired for Jeremy Guthrie on Friday.
Sanchez's lone win came in his first outing of the season April 8, and he posted a 12.18 ERA over his last four starts. He was traded from San Francisco to Kansas City prior to this season for Melky Cabrera , who has blossomed into one of baseball's best hitters and was named the All-Star Game MVP earlier this month.
"It surprised me coming to the West Coast again," Sanchez told Colorado's official website. "I feel good coming here. I know the hitters (in the NL). I hope things go better."
Sanchez now will be part of a four-man rotation that features all left-handers working on a roughly 75-pitch limit. He's walked 44 in 53 1-3 innings while striking out only 36.
"If there is a next step that he can ascend to take him to a different level, it's throwing more strikes than he has," manager Jim Tracy said. "It'll be interesting to see in relation to the format how he gravitates to that."
Sanchez has been solid in his last nine starts against Arizona, going 6-1 with a 2.75 ERA.
Colorado (36-58), though, has lost six of eight after falling 3-2 to San Diego on Sunday. Carlos Gonzalez went 0 for 2 with a pair of walks, snapping his eight-game hitting streak."They shut us down offensively today. That's what it boils down to," Tracy said.
These teams have split the first eight meetings this season, but the Diamondbacks have won 16 of 21 home matchups with the Rockies.
|July 21, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Left arm soreness|
|July 20, 2012||Wilin Rosario||Day-to-Day||Left game - lower left leg injury|
|July 16, 2012||Chris Nelson||15-Day DL||Irregular heart beat|
|July 16, 2012||Jonathan Herrera||15-Day DL||Left wrist infection|
|July 09, 2012||Todd Helton||15-Day DL||Right hip inflammation|
|July 09, 2012||Wil Nieves||15-Day DL||Turf toe, right foot|
|June 27, 2012||Daniel Hudson||15-Day DL||Right foream tightness|
|June 25, 2012||John McDonald||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|June 17, 2012||Joe Saunders||15-Day DL||Strained left shoulder|
|June 17, 2012||Joe Saunders||15-Day DL||Strained left shoulder|
|May 23, 2012||Miguel Montero||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|April 19, 2012||Daniel Hudson||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
PHOENIX (AP) -- Ian Kennedy 's biggest concern Monday night turned out to be Dexter Fowler - not because of his bat, though.
Kennedy had a bases-clearing triple past Fowler and scattered five hits over eight strong innings Monday night, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3.
"I knew I hit it a long way but Fowler's pretty fast," Kennedy said. "I just kept saying, `Get down. Get down.' It felt good to finally do something in that situation."
Paul Goldschmidt homered and Willie Bloomquist added an RBI double for the Diamondbacks, who have won a season-high seven straight home games and five of six overall.
Josh Rutledge hit his first career home run and doubled, and Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies, losers in five of six.
Kennedy (8-8) allowed two runs and struck out seven en route to his second straight win. Kennedy has lasted eight innings in each of his past two starts, giving up three runs on 13 hits across the 16 innings.
"I went out there and just wanted to do it like we did it last year and just pound the zone," Kennedy said. "Overall I feel like I'm locating my changeup better, that it's down instead of up."
After Mike Zagurski gave up a long home run to Gonzalez leading off the ninth and walked Michael Cuddyer , J.J. Putz entered and finished for his 18th save.
Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in his first start for the Rockies. Sanchez was acquired from Kansas City on Friday. Sanchez was designated for assignment by the Royals a week ago.
"I was over the plate more than I'm used to," Sanchez said. "I made a mistake and you've got to pay for that."
Goldschmidt's leadoff homer in the second gave the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.
Arizona appeared ready to squander a scoring opportunity in the fourth when Justin Upton and Goldschmidt failed to advance from second and third on Miguel Montero 's single that bounced off the right-field fence on one hop. Tyler Colvin threw out Montero easily as he retreated to first after looking up to see Upton returning to second with Goldschmidt only a handful of steps past third.
"I didn't know how close he was to me," Goldschmidt said. "From where I was I thought he was going to run it down. I was just thankful someone drove me in after I made that mistake."
After Chris Young popped up for the second out, Sanchez intentionally walked Ryan Roberts to get to Kennedy, who entered the game with one hit in 28 at-bats.
But the right-hander lined a drive into left-center, clearing the bases with a triple to give the Diamondbacks a 4-0 lead.
"I've never seen him hit a ball that hard or far in batting practice and I've been here for seven years," said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson .
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy said it's often the outcome of one pitch that can decide the outcome.
"We made a bad pitch to a guy who's not a real good hitter after an intentional walk and he cleared the bases," Tracy said. "That was the difference in the game."
Rutledge homered with two outs in the fifth and scored on Fowler's single to center with two outs in the eighth for the Rockies' two runs.
Upton scored on a sacrifice fly by Roberts in the eighth.
NOTES: After the game, the Diamondbacks sent RHP Barry Enright to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash. ... Kennedy became the seventh Arizona pitcher and first since 2007 to hit a triple. ... Kennedy is the first Diamondbacks pitcher to strike out at least seven without issuing a walk in consecutive starts since Dan Haren in 2009. ... Eight of Rutledge's 14 hits this season have been for extra bases. ... Aaron Hill 's modest 13-game hitting streak, the longest current streak in the majors, ended on an 0-for-5 night. ... Fowler has 28 RBIs in 59 career games against the Diamondbacks. ... Diamondbacks LF Jason Kubel , who had hit four homers in his past two games, finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. ... LHP Joe Saunders will start for the Diamondbacks on Tuesday against a pitcher to be announced. LHP Drew Pomeranz , who had been slated to start for the Rockies on Tuesday, played catch on Monday afternoon but will sit out Tuesday night with soreness in his left arm. Saunders is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA in his past three home starts.