The NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks are back to their winning ways away from home.
After their five-game road winning streak and four-game overall run ended with a 2-1 loss to Miami on Sunday, the Diamondbacks (26-19) picked up their third straight victory over Colorado on Monday, 5-1.
Patrick Corbin 's three-hitter came against a Rockies team that had scored 31 runs while taking three of four from San Francisco over the weekend.
"Obviously we needed to play better, but he pitched a really good game," Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado said.
The Diamondbacks, winners of 10 of 14, have seen their starters compile a 1.43 ERA to help the team take five of the last six.
The worst start during that period came from Kennedy (2-3, 4.88 ERA), who gave up three runs in five innings with seven strikeouts in a 5-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday. The right-hander walked three for a fourth consecutive outing, but earned his first victory since his season debut April 1.
"You want to throw deeper into the game, but you'll take every single one of these (wins)," Kennedy told the Diamondbacks' official website. "Just happy the team picked me up today."
That didn't happen April 19 when Kennedy threw six innings of three-run ball in a 3-1 loss in Denver.
Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 4.07) won his third consecutive start that night by allowing three singles in 6 1-3 innings, but left with a strained lower back that landed him on the DL.
Since returning, the right-hander has posted a 7.79 ERA while losing all three starts. Chacin was staked to a 6-0 lead after three innings Thursday, but he lasted just 5 1-3 in an 8-6 loss to the Giants after giving up a career-worst eight runs."(Matt) Cain pitched terrible (with six runs allowed in 6 1-3 innings), but Chacin pitched even worse," said left fielder Carlos Gonzalez , 4 for 30 against the Diamondbacks this season after an 0-for-4 effort Monday.
Chacin, though, has gone 4-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 10 starts versus Arizona.
Rookie shortstop Didi Gregorius , who had one of the hits off Chacin last month, is batting .615 (8 for 13) against the Rockies in 2013 after recording his second consecutive three-hit game Monday.
Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt , 1 for 7 off Chacin, is hitting .188 against Colorado (24-21) this year. Goldschmidt, though, is batting .448 during a team-high seven-game hitting streak.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki , who also has at least a hit in seven straight, had a two-run homer off Kennedy on April 19.
Jordan Pacheco is 9 for 18 against the Diamondbacks in 2013.
Arizona third baseman Eric Chavez lifted his average to .343 with three hits Monday, but it's uncertain if he'll be in the lineup Tuesday."You'll find if I do it (play Chavez more) he will wear down a little bit and probably have medical problems," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We can't afford that."
Arizona has won five of six in this series after losing the first two meetings of the season.
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|May 15, 2013||Jeff Francis||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
|May 09, 2013||Michael Cuddyer||15-Day DL||Bulging disk in neck|
|May 07, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Sore groin|
|May 03, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Leg soreness|
|April 29, 2013||Troy Tulowitzki||Day-to-Day||Strained left shoulder|
|April 20, 2013||Jhoulys Chacin||15-Day DL||Left lower back strain|
DENVER (AP) -- Reliever Matt Reynolds tried to outthink his former teammate, guess what pitch Wilin Rosario would be looking for and throw the opposite.
Only, Rosario knew Reynolds was trying to get inside his head, so the Colorado Rockies catcher simply shut off his mind and let his bat do the work.
Rosario drove in Carlos Gonzalez with a one-out single in the 10th inning to lift Colorado past the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Tuesday night after the Rockies squandered a late four-run lead.
"When you know somebody, that's when you get too comfortable and they can get you," Rosario explained. "I just didn't think."
And Reynolds (0-2) thought too much, before settling on a slider.
"That's kind of the Catch-22," said Reynolds, who was with the Rockies for three seasons before being traded to Arizona last November.
"If you throw him a first-pitch fastball, he can hammer it. He's a good fastball hitter, so you take your chances with an offspeed pitch, trying to get ahead of him. Probably, again, caught too much plate with it."
Reynolds gave Gonzalez a juicy pitch, too, which he hit for a double. He intentionally walked Troy Tulowitzki to get to Rosario, who came through with a liner to right on the first pitch.
Rosario lifted his hands in the air after touching first base and was soon mobbed by teammates. Pardon his enthusiasm - it was the first game-ending hit of his career.
Felt good, too - sore hand and all.
Earlier in the game, Rosario was hit on the right hand by a pitch that got away from Ian Kennedy . Sure, it hurt. But not enough to come out of the game.
"I still can play," he said, smiling.
The Rockies brought closer Rafael Betancourt to start the 10th, but he was in some discomfort after throwing a second straight pitch into the dirt. After a few warm-up tosses, Betancourt left with a tight right groin. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
"It's not painful," Betancourt said. "It was getting tight. That's all."
Enter Wilton Lopez (1-1), who threw a perfect inning to earn the win.
Jhoulys Chacin took a 4-0 lead and a one-hitter into the seventh, only to walk away with a no-decision after things unraveled as the Diamondbacks rallied to tie the game.
Unable to manage much early against the hard-throwing righty, Arizona loaded the bases with one out on two walks and an error. Jason Kubel hit a two-run double and Martin Prado followed with a two-run single that tied it at 4.
That was all for Chacin.
Manager Walt Weiss summoned reliever Josh Outman to quell the rally. He gave up a single and walked another to load the bases before striking out Gerardo Parra looking on a borderline pitch for the second out.
Parra threw his hands up in exasperation over the call from home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. Manager Kirk Gibson ran out of the dugout to guide his leadoff hitter away from the plate. Outman then struck out Didi Gregorius on a called third strike to end the threat. Gregorius also voiced his displeasure.
Chacin was in a groove the last time he faced the Diamondbacks on April 19, throwing 6 1-3 scoreless innings before leaving because of tightness in his back. The injury landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
He's struggled since his return on May 5, going 0-3 with a 7.79 ERA heading into Tuesday.
In this game, though, Chacin looked more like the ace of the staff. He gave up a double to Kennedy in the third and didn't allow another until the disastrous seventh. He gave up four runs - three earned - in 6 1-3 innings.
"Jhoulys was cruising had a tremendous outing going," Weiss said. "He lost a little command there in the seventh and it got away from him."
Kennedy came into the game with a 3.41 ERA at Coors Field, the second-best mark among active starters (with a minimum of 30 innings). And although he struggled early, Kennedy settled down enough to limit the damage. He lasted six innings and gave up four runs - three earned - in the no-decision.
"He did OK," Gibson said. "He kept us in the game. We came back and tied it. The bullpen just couldn't hold it tonight."
Tulowitzki hit his ninth homer of the season in the third, sending an 89-mph fastball from Kennedy into the left-field bleachers. Before the All-Star shortstop's shot, Arizona pitchers hadn't allowed a homer in seven games.
Colorado jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on back-to-back RBI singles from Nolan Arenado and D.J. LeMahieu. Both players began the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs before being called up.
Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa will start Wednesday almost two years to the day when he tore a ligament in his elbow pitching against the Diamondbacks at Coors Field. He later underwent Tommy John surgery.
"It was a long rehab," said De La Rosa, who is 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA this season. "I'm glad I'm ready to go. I think I'm helping the team a little bit."
Notes: Arizona 2B Aaron Hill (broken left hand) is slated to visit the doctor again next week. ... Rockies LHP Jeff Francis (groin) threw 25 pitches off the mound Tuesday. ... Tulowitzki hit a solo homer and had a double to raise his average to .406 at Coors Field this season.