Monday -- Rockies 5, D-backs 4; Arizona rally comes up short. Tuesday -- D-backs 12, Rockies 5: Archie Bradley avoids serious injury after being struck by hit Wednesday --RHP Josh Collmenter (1-3, 3.65 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.92), 6 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Finding a balance
The D-backs seek balance to what has been a feast-or-famine offensive attack. Nos. 1-4 hitters Ender Inciarte, A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo hit a combined .300 with 35 RBI. No other regular is over .226, though Chris Owings found his rhythm recently. The D-backs miss third baseman Jake Lamb, who is expected to miss another two weeks with a stress reaction in his left foot. He had nine RBI in his first 10 games.
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The rotation did its job in keeping the D-backs in every game in their past 10. While a nine-game streak of quality starts came to an end in Sunday's 8-0 loss, the starters have a 2.47 ERA the last two times through the rotation and did not allow more than four earned runs in any game. Opponents had one home run in that stretch.
Archie Bradley will make his fourth start of the season Tuesday while building on some history made in his first three. Bradley set a franchise record with a 1.45 ERA in his first three starts, all against No. 1 starters in Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Yovani Gallardo. He limited Texas to two hits in an 8-5 victory last Wednesday to become the fifth pitcher since 1914 -- 1914 -- to give up two hits or fewer while going six innings or longer in two of his first three major league starts.
The Rockies spent the first two weeks of the season atop the NL West before a five-game losing streak brought them back to the pack, and is should be considered no coincidence that All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been with them the whole time. Tulowitzki, who missed time a balky hip last season that eventually required surgery, is hitting .303 with nine doubles, two homer and nine RBI. When he plays, the Rockies are so much more dangerous.