Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 0

Tyler Skaggs had never pitched in front of a bigger crowd, and

he had never been better in his very young and so promising big

league career.

Skaggs tossed eight innings of three-hit ball in his return to

Arizona’s rotation, and the Diamondbacks opened a 10-game homestand

with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

”He reminded me of Barry Zito when he was with Oakland,” said

Michael Cuddyer, who had one of Colorado’s three singles. ”He had

a two-seamer away and then in the middle innings he started

throwing that curveball, which is a plus-plus curveball. It was

very reminiscent of Zito in Oakland.”

Skaggs, who turns 22 next week and is considered one of the top

pitching prospects in the game, struck out five and walked one

after he was recalled from Triple-A Reno for the second time this


”I feel awesome,” the left-hander said. ”It’s great. To be up

here this young is a dream come true.”

Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs with a double and single,

raising his NL-leading total to 71 RBIs. A.J. Pollock had two hits

and scored three times, and Aaron Hill had a two-run single.

Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa (8-5) gave up three runs and seven

hits in 5 1-3 innings. He had allowed three runs combined in his

previous three starts.

Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado also had a single for the

Rockies. J.J. Putz got three outs to complete the three-hitter for


The Diamondbacks, who concluded a 10-game trip with a 5-4,

15-inning victory at the New York Mets on Thursday, played in front

of a sellout crowd of 45,505. It was the biggest total for Chase

Field since opening day.

It also was their first home game since 19 Arizona firefighters

died while trying to extinguish an erratic wildfire last Sunday.

The Diamondbacks paid tribute to the victims of the tragedy during

a pregame ceremony that featured a bagpipe band playing ”Amazing

Grace” while photos of each of the fallen firefighters were shown

on the ballpark’s giant video screen.

Colorado had four baserunners, and only one of them reached

second. One was thrown out trying to steal second, and another

erased on a double play.

Skaggs (2-1) retired 12 in a row in one stretch.

”After the road trip we needed him to come out and eat some

innings up,” Goldschmidt said. ”For him to go eight, and

obviously not give up any runs as well, was huge. He set the tone

early, was working quick. That was humongous tonight.

”We really needed a good outing to give the bullpen a little

bit of rest, and it kind of energized the guys as well. You

couldn’t ask him to do anything more.”

The Rockies, already with Troy Tulowitzki on the 15-day disabled

list, were without Carlos Gonzalez because of a sore back.

Pollock tripled and scored on De La Rosa’s wild pitch in the

first, and came up with another big hit in the third.

Didi Gregorius led off with a single, and was sacrificed to

second by Skaggs. Pollock then hit a soaring fly ball to the

left-field corner that bounced off the yellow line atop the

Diamondbacks’ bullpen fence for a double, despite Dickerson’s

attempt to haul it in.

Umpires reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field.

That left runners at second and third with one out. Gregorius

was caught in a rundown on Hill’s chopper to third, but

Goldschmidt’s soft single to center brought in Pollock.

After Skaggs cruised through a seven-pitch sixth, Arizona got

another run and ended De La Rosa’s night in the bottom half. Hill

led off with a double to the right-field corner, and then

Goldschmidt scorched a line drive RBI double over the head of

center fielder Tyler Colvin.

Arizona tacked on two more against Adam Ottavino in the seventh.

Gregorius reached on his second single, and was sacrificed to

second by Skaggs. Pollock walked, and Hill singled to shallow

center to bring both of them home.

NOTES: Gonzalez expects to be back in the lineup Saturday night

or Sunday. … Arizona INF Willie Bloomquist said after the game

that he has two broken bones in his left hand and expects to be

sidelined six to eight weeks. He was injured when he was hit by a

pitch in a June 26 game at Washington. … LHP Wade Miley (4-7,

4.29 ERA) starts for Arizona and LHP Drew Pomeranz (0-1, 8.31 ERA)

goes for Colorado in Saturday night’s game. … The Diamondbacks

play 10 straight home games and the Rockies 10 straight on the road

leading to the All-Star break.