Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 1

Coming off a long road trip backloaded with long games, the

Arizona Diamondbacks needed a few quality starts from their

pitchers to give the bullpen a break.

Tyler Skaggs got the Diamondbacks off to a good start in the

series opener against Colorado and Wade Miley followed it up with

another strong performance – with his arm and his bat.

Miley pitched eight effective innings and had a three-run double

in the second inning, helping Arizona jump on Colorado early in an

11-1 rout of the Rockies on Saturday night.

”He was really efficient with his pitches, his pitch count,”

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. ”It was just what we needed

to give the bullpen a rest.”

The Diamondbacks returned to the desert on Friday after a

10-game road trip that ended with a long series against the Mets

that included rain delays and two games that each lasted at least

15 innings.

Arizona beat Colorado 5-0 in the opener behind Skaggs’ eight

innings and jumped on Drew Pomeranz (0-2) for five runs in the

first three innings in the second game.

Miley got it started with his third career double in the second

inning and Paul Goldschmidt, named to the NL All-Star team earlier

in the day, hit his 21st homer in the third.

The Diamondbacks poured it on after that, adding a three-run

homer by Miguel Montero and a two-run shot by Martin Prado. Cody

Ross tied a team record and set a career high with five of

Arizona’s 12 hits and scored three runs.

That gave Miley (5-7) the leeway to work around the edges of the

plate, giving the Rockies few good pitches while sending the NL

West-leading Diamondbacks to their fourth straight win.

”The bullpen got used a lot in New York with all those

(extra-inning) games and I was just trying to extend it, just go as

long as you can to give them a break,” Miley said. ”It was

good.”

The Rockies had four baserunners in the series opener and were

only marginally better against Miley.

All-Star Carlos Gonzalez hit his NL-leading 24th homer and had

four hits after missing Friday’s game with a sore back, but the

rest of the Rockies went 2 for 26, including 0 for 7 with runners

in scoring position.

”I don’t know what the numbers are but it seemed like he went

strike one with just about every batter,” Rockies manager Walt

Weiss said. ”It is a lot easier to pitch that way. When you are

0-1 there are a lot more options that way and that is what he

did.”

Miley pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings his last outing, but

didn’t get the decision in a game that went 13 innings.

Staked with a big early lead against the Rockies, the

left-hander was effective with runners on, helped by a pair of

double plays in the first four innings.

Miley stretched his scoreless streak to a career-high 13 2-3

innings – 16 overall by Arizona pitchers – before Gonzalez led off

the seventh with a long homer to center.

The left-hander pleaded with Gibson to stay in for a chance at

his first career complete game, but was lifted for a pinch hitter

in the eighth inning.

Miley allowed a run on five hits and struck out five to win for

the first time in five starts.

”It was going good,” Miley said. ”I was locating the fastball

early to get ahead and kind of expand the plate a little bit. I was

able to get some guys to make some awkward swings and put in play,

and we made plays.”

Pomeranz, who made 22 starts for Colorado last season, spent

most of this year at Triple-A Colorado Springs before being called

up to pitch against San Francisco on Sunday. He allowed four runs

on seven hits – two of those homers – in 4 1-3 innings of a 5-2

loss.

The left-hander labored from the start, needing 10 pitches to

get leadoff hitter A.J. Pollock and going over 40 the first two

innings. He walked two to load the bases in the second inning and

Miley followed with his fourth hit of the season, a three-run

double slapped into the corner in left.

Pomeranz opened the third inning with a walk, then left a

letter-high fastball up to Goldschmidt, who hit it into the second

deck in left for a two-run homer that put Arizona up 5-0 and

increased his NL-leading RBI total to 73.

Pomeranz worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning

after walking Goldschmidt, but was lifted after that. He allowed

five runs on five hits and walked five.

”It is frustrating, but I have to put my team in a better spot

to win the game,” said Pomeranz, who has lost seven of his past

eight decisions, dating to last season. ”You can’t do that being

down 5-0 after three innings.”

Arizona didn’t let up after that, either.

Prado hit his eighth homer in the seventh inning and Montero

sneaked his sixth just over the wall in right in the eighth to make

it 11-1.

Notes: Ross became the 16th player in Arizona history with five

hits, the first since Aaron Hill on Sept. 4, 2012, against San

Francisco. … The Diamondbacks had an extra-base hit in their 71st

straight game, matching the sixth-longest streak in team history

(2006). … Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer had a double in the seventh

inning to extend his road hitting streak to 15 games. … Arizona

LHP Patrick Corbin will make his seventh attempt at reaching 10

wins against the Rockies on Sunday. The All-Star is 0-1 over his

last six starts. … RHP Roy Oswalt will try for his first win

since signing with the Rockies in May in the series finale against

Arizona. He’s made three starts since being called up, going 0-3

with a 7.88 ERA.