Wilin Rosario has been hitting the ball well of late, coinciding with the Colorado Rockies ' solid stretch. Given how well he's batting against the Arizona Diamondbacks , both runs seemingly have a good chance to continue.
The Rockies seek a fifth victory in six tries as they host the Diamondbacks in the series finale Wednesday.
Rosario went 2 for 4 and hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Colorado (25-21) a 5-4 win Tuesday after it had squandered a four-run lead. He has two hits in each of the Rockies' four wins over the last five games, hitting two homers and driving in eight runs during that stretch.
He also has shined against the Diamondbacks (26-20) lately, hitting .421 with two homers and three RBIs in his last five games against them. Rosario, who was hit in the hand with a pitch earlier in Tuesday's contest, is also batting .444 in his last seven home contests versus Arizona."I still can play," Rosario said in regards to his hand.
The Rockies have scored 31 runs over their last five, though they may have a tough time keeping up that pace against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill , who is on a solid run of his own.
Cahill (3-4, 2.48 ERA) has gone 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA over his last five starts, giving up just six runs in that stretch. He allowed one run in eight innings and retired 13 hitters in a row at one point during a 9-2 win over Miami on Friday.
The right-hander's current hot stretch began April 25, when he gave up one run in five innings of a 3-2 win over Colorado. He had lost his previous three starts versus the Rockies while posting a 4.12 ERA, including giving up four runs - three earned - in seven innings of a 4-3 defeat April 20.
Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 3.58) opposed Cahill in both of his starts versus the Diamondbacks this season, and he'll do so again Wednesday. He gave up two hits in six scoreless innings April 20 before allowing three runs - including a two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt - in six frames five days later.
De La Rosa, though, has won three straight starts despite giving up five runs and nine hits in five innings of a 10-9 victory over San Francisco on Friday. He had scattered five hits in 13 scoreless innings over his previous two.
"When you throw a game like this and your teammates hit well, it's good. I hope we're still hitting like this but (I'm) pitching better next time," De La Rosa said.
The left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA in his last 10 starts versus the Diamondbacks and likely will not have Rafael Betancourt to help out. The Rockies closer is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his right groin after throwing just two pitches on Tuesday and leaving due to tightness.
Goldschmidt went 0 for 3 with two walks to end his seven-game hitting streak, during which he went 13 for 29 (.448) with three homers. He's hitting only .143 over his last 11 versus the Rockies.
Didi Gregorius went 0 for 5 after going 8 for 13 (.615) with a homer in his first four games versus Colorado this season.
Tuesday's win was only Colorado's second in the last seven versus Arizona.
|Jorge De La Rosa||3||.000||0||0||0||1||1||.250||.250||.000|
|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) -- The Colorado Rockies are surging this May instead of swooning.
With Memorial Day approaching, the Rockies are actually right on the heels of the NL West leaders, especially after going 5-2 on their recent home stand.
"Back on track," Carlos Gonzalez proudly proclaimed.
Indeed, they are.
Gonzalez homered and drove in two runs, Jorge De La Rosa pitched effectively into the sixth and the Rockies beat Arizona 4-1 on Wednesday to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.
Dexter Fowler had two hits in his first start in the cleanup spot as the Rockies caught Arizona in the standings.
And with a San Francisco loss later in the day, the Rockies, Diamondbacks and Giants are now all tied for first in the division at 26-21.
Last season, the Rockies started solidly enough, only to slide in May and fade the rest of the way to finish with a franchise-worst 98 losses.
After winning series over San Francisco and Arizona, the Rockies' swagger has returned.
"This is a good feeling and creates a lot of motivation for us," said Gonzalez, whose team was 18-29 last season at this point and 14 games out of first.
De La Rosa (6-3) kept up his mastery against Arizona at Coors Field, improving to 8-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He struck out five and allowed six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Relievers Edgmer Escalona and Matt Belisle bottled up Arizona to get the ball to Rex Brothers , who closed the ninth with Rafael Betancourt sidelined by a groin injury. It was Brothers' first save of the season, prodded by some motivational words from catcher Yorvit Torrealba .
"He came out and said, `Pretend like it's the eighth. I'm tired. Hurry up,"' Brothers said.
Trevor Cahill (3-5) didn't have his best stuff early, but found his groove and made it through six innings, allowing four runs. Cahill has allowed four earned runs or fewer in 28 straight starts, which is the longest active streak in the majors.
"It is tough here," Cahill said. "The ball doesn't move as much. But I got more command as the game went on."
Gonzalez hit Cahill hard all afternoon, giving the Rockies an early lead when he sent a fastball over the right-field wall in the first. The player nicknamed CarGo drove in another run with a triple two innings later.
"Too good of a hitter throw pitches down the middle," Cahill said.
Manager Walt Weiss went with a rather unorthodox lineup, moving the speedy Fowler from his usual leadoff spot to cleanup. Weiss figured he would give Fowler a chance with Troy Tulowitzki receiving a rest day.
Fowler finished 2 for 4 with a double and scored a run.
There was some drama in the sixth when Fowler sent a high fly to right that appeared to hit off the wall in fair territory. But first base umpire Doug Eddings ruled it foul, which brought Weiss out to discuss the call.
The umpires briefly huddled on the field and headed in to look at the play, even though the hit in question didn't appear to be a home run (only home runs can be reviewed).
Television replays confirmed that Eddings made the correct call as a distinctive white mark was left on the green wall where the ball hit.
Trailing 4-0 in the fourth, the Diamondbacks scored a run when Wil Nieves ' double to left-center brought in Cody Ross , who led off the inning with a single. De La Rosa got Josh Wilson to fly out to prevent any further damage.
De La Rosa also worked his way out of a jam in the third after allowing a double by Cahill and walking Didi Gregorius . Paul Goldschmidt hit a soft roller to third to end the threat.
The hard-throwing De La Rosa's start on Wednesday had some personal significance. It was nearly 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.
He said it was a long journey back, but De La Rosa appears on the right track. He lowered his ERA this season from 3.58 to 3.40.
"I think I can get a little more strength in my arm, but I can't complain," De La Rosa said. "My velocity's very good. All my breaking stuff is working very good. And I'm glad to feel the way I feel right now."
Even though Tulowitzki is hitting so well at home this season, Weiss elected to keep his shortstop out of the starting lineup.
It's all part of the plan to keep Tulowitzki healthy for a full season. They're agreeing on dates he will rest - and sticking to it, no matter if he went, say, 2 for 4 with a homer like he did Tuesday night.
"We both knew coming into the season we had to do it this way," Weiss said. "I don't want to get into a situation where we say, `Well, he had two hits last night, I'm going to change my mind.' That's a trap.
"Of course, I want Tulo out there for 162 games. Who wouldn't? But we knew we were going to have to be smarter than that coming in. Who plays 162 games, anymore?"
Notes: Arizona OF Adam Eaton 's rehabilitation stint in the minors was shut down after he felt soreness in his injured elbow. Eaton felt discomfort in the left elbow during an appearance with Triple-A Reno on Monday and was returning to Phoenix to be examined by team doctor Michael Lee. ... Arizona and Colorado both have Thursday off. ... The Diamondbacks went 3-3 on their road swing. "It seemed like a longer road trip than it was," manager Kirk Gibson said. ... Betancourt said "everything's fine" when asked about the results of his MRI on Wednesday. He expects to be ready Friday in San Francisco.