The Arizona Diamondbacks enjoyed a torrid weekend at Coors Field to move into position for their first four-game sweep there in over 10 years.
The Diamondbacks hope to provide similar support for Trevor Cahill as he seeks to win his fourth straight start Monday night in this series finale against the Colorado Rockies , who have dropped a season-high nine in a row.
Arizona (77-75) has totaled 33 runs with 11 doubles, two triples and three homers in winning the previous three games. Chris Johnson is 5 for 11 in the series, John McDonald is 6 for 10, Aaron Hill is 6 for 14 with eight RBIs and Diamondbacks catchers have gone 9 for 15 after Wil Nieves ' four hits Sunday in a 10-7 victory.
That kind of production has been too much for Colorado (58-94), although its impressive rookie catcher Wilin Rosario is 9 for 13 in this series. Rosario has posted four straight three-hit efforts, and his 26 homers are the most by a Rockies rookie.
Rosario is 2 for 5 with a homer this year against Cahill (12-11, 3.89 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three September outings. Cahill has allowed two runs in every win in this streak, pitching six innings last Wednesday in a 6-2 home victory over San Diego.
The Arizona right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three 2012 starts against Colorado, with Dexter Fowler 4 for 5 with two triples against him in those games.
The Diamondbacks last swept four at Coors Field from April 11-14, 2002.
The Rockies are trying to avoid losing 10 straight for the first time since April 24-May 7, 2005. They are one loss shy of the club's single-season record and need to win five of their last 10 to avoid the franchise's first 100-loss season.
"We don't like losing one game," pitcher Jeff Francis said. "But 100 is that number that really stinks."
Hill, who is batting .359 during a nine-game hitting streak, continued his strong series by going 3 for 5 with three RBIs Sunday."Aaron's just been so steady," manger Kirk Gibson said. "It's good to have him in the two-hole. I did have a lineup today where I was going to put him down fifth, but he's been so clutch for us that you want him to get that extra at-bat."
The Rockies bullpen has allowed 24 runs over 16 innings in this series, including seven over the final two innings Sunday. Colorado has issued 18 walks in this set, bringing its season total to an NL-high 533.
Starter Tyler Chatwood (4-5, 5.73) gets the assignment Monday to try to cool down Arizona. His lone career appearance against the Diamondbacks came April 14 when he yielded one run over two innings of relief in an 8-7 home win.
The right-hander allowed three runs over four innings Wednesday in a 7-1 defeat at San Francisco in his last outing.
|September 11, 2012||J.J. Putz||Day-to-Day||Stiff back|
|August 30, 2012||Chris Johnson||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|August 21, 2012||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Tight hamstring|
|August 17, 2012||Jason Kubel||Day-to-Day||Neck stiffness|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|August 14, 2012||Takashi Saito||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|September 10, 2012||Ramon Hernandez||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left hamstring strain|
|August 22, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Left game - right ankle injury|
|August 20, 2012||Eric Young||15-Day DL||Left intercostal strain|
|August 19, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|August 19, 2012||Josh Rutledge||Day-to-Day||Left game - left quad tightness|
|August 14, 2012||Drew Pomeranz||Day-to-Day||Chest soreness|
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies finally got solid pitching to back up their bats and handed Arizona a costly defeat.
Tyler Chatwood pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Andrew Brown homered and the Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night to end a nine-game losing streak.
Jason Kubel homered for the Diamondbacks, who have slim hopes of a late-season playoff push. Arizona fell 5 1/2 games behind St. Louis with nine remaining in the race for the second NL wild card.
"We're not out of it yet," Kubel said. "Some things can happen."
Tyler Colvin and Charlie Blackmon had two hits each for Colorado. Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his 30th save.
For one night, at least, the Rockies (59-94) avoided tying the franchise record for losses in a season with a useful performance from Chatwood. Colorado's pitchers had allowed 33 runs on 48 hits through the first three games of this series before holding the Diamondbacks to five hits Monday.
The Rockies' offense couldn't keep pace despite piling up 42 hits over the weekend.
"When you get effective starting pitching we can be a very effective ballclub," manager Jim Tracy said. "We can hit, and we've done it all year. Now, we get the other parts squared away the way we want, we can build on it."
The Rockies allowed at least four runs in eight games during their losing streak and three times gave up 10 or more. Chatwood (5-5) settled things down in the finale of this four-game series. He gave up three hits and two runs before three relievers combined to retire 10 of the final 12 Arizona batters.
"Getting ahead and staying ahead," Chatwood said. "I've been building off my last two outings. The results weren't there but I felt good about them. Just building off that and kept it going."
Betancourt set down his first two in the ninth before yielding consecutive singles. John McDonald lined out to right field to end the game.
"Losing nine games in a row, we can get that filed away," Tracy said.
Trevor Cahill (12-12) allowed three runs - two earned - on nine hits and struck out six in six innings.
"He gave us a chance to win but they just shut us down tonight," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had an opportunity, our best opportunity, late in the game off Betancourt and it just didn't work out."
Colorado led 1-0 entering the fourth when Kubel sent an 82 mph changeup into the second deck in right field for a two-run homer. It was his career-high 30th.
"I got a changeup that he left out over the plate fortunately that was my bat speed tonight and it went out," Kubel said. "But he looked pretty good today."
The Rockies responded in their half of the inning. Colvin led off with a single, Chris Nelson walked and Matt McBride singled to load the bases.
Colvin scored on a groundout by Brown, and Nelson scored on DJ LeMahieu's groundout to make it 3-2.
Brown hit a solo home run - his fourth of the season - in the eighth to make it 4-2.
The Rockies got the first two on in the fifth but couldn't cash in.
Colvin's RBI single in the first gave Colorado a 1-0 lead.
NOTES: The Diamondbacks scratched LHP Tyler Skaggs from Tuesday's start against San Francisco. "Our organization made a decision," Gibson said. RHP Josh Collmenter will start against the Giants. ... Arizona 2B Aaron Hill was out of the lineup due to sickness. ... Rockies OF Dexter Fowler (right wrist) did not start but came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth. ... OF Carlos Gonzalez (tight left hamstring) was not in the starting lineup for the fifth straight game. Gonzalez came in as a pinch-hitter Saturday and Sunday.