Diamondbacks, Rockies brace for pivotal three-game set (Jun 20, 2017)
DENVER — Two surging teams will square off Tuesday when the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series at Coors Field.
The Diamondbacks have won a season-high seven straight games and 10 of their past 11. Arizona’s last winning streak of seven or more was a nine-game run from Aug. 23 to Aug. 31, 2011.
After beginning the season with a 6-10 road record, the Diamondbacks are 18-17 away from home, thanks to five straight wins on their current eight-game road trip.
Colorado, which is 21-13 at home, has won five straight games and 12 of its past 15.
The Rockies (46-26) lead the Diamondbacks (44-26) by one game, with the Los Angeles Dodgers also involved in the mix.
Arizona (15-6) and Colorado (10-2) have excelled in one-run games. The Rockies lead the National League with 383 runs scored and Arizona is second (359).
Colorado is 4-2 against the Diamondbacks this season, winning two of three at Arizona from April 28 to April 30 and two of three at Coors Field from May 5 to May 7.
“We haven’t played them in a while,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told The Arizona Republic. “It’s the team that’s ahead of us. It’s a chance for us to gain some ground and play some good baseball. We’re not going to take anything for granted. We’re going to be ready on Tuesday for a great three-game series.”
Arizona and Colorado were off Monday after dramatic wins Sunday.
The Diamondbacks beat Philadelphia 5-4 in 10 innings on the first career home run by Rey Fuentes in his 150th plate appearance.
The Rockies capped their first four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants when Nolan Arenado became the fifth player to complete a cycle with a walk-off homer, hitting a three-run shot that gave the Rockies a 7-5 win.
“All we think about his getting on base for the next guy,” Rockies catcher Tony Wolters said. “And if we keep (doing) that, our guys that have power are going to hit bombs randomly, our guys that get on base are going to get on base even more. We’re trying to let the other guy do the job and just get on base.”
German Marquez (5-3, 4.19 ERA) will start for the Rockies, who are 16-7 in series openers. Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.00) will get the nod for the Diamondbacks.
Arizona is 10-4 in games started by Greinke, who is 7-1 with a 2.89 ERA in his past 10 starts. He was not involved in the decision Tuesday at Detroit when the Diamondbacks won 7-6 after he allowed five runs (all unearned) in 5 2/3 innings.
Greinke is 8-4 with a 4.03 ERA against the Rockies in 22 career games (21 starts) and 3-0 with a 4.03 ERA in nine games (eight starts) at Coors Field. Greinke is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in back-to-back starts this season against the Rockies on April 29 and May 5.
Greinke and Marquez faced each other May 5 at Coors Field when Arizona won 6-3.
Greinke picked up the victory, giving up two runs and six hits in seven innings. Marquez allowed five runs and as many as hits in six innings. He yielded two of the home runs — both to Paul Goldschmidt — and has surrendered in 53 2/3 innings this season.
The Rockies are 6-4 in starts by Marquez, who is 0-1 with a 3.21 ERA in three career games (two starts) against the Diamondbacks and 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA against them in two starts this season.
Marquez won his last start Wednesday at Pittsburgh, allowing four hits and one run in five innings of a 5-1 victory that kept Colorado from being swept in a three-game series.