Although much of the focus went to superstars Paul Goldschmidt and Troy Tulowitzki, Nolan Arenado stole the show for the Colorado Rockies in the series opener.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, meanwhile, failed in another attempt to reach the elusive .500 mark.
Arenado and the rest of the last-place Rockies hope to keep swinging the bats with authority Wednesday night when they go after a season high-tying fourth straight victory.
Arizona’s Goldschmidt (.355) went 1 for 4 Tuesday to take a slim lead on Miami’s Dee Gordon (.354) in the MLB batting race, while Colorado’s Tulowitzki had two hits to reach base in his 22nd straight game.
Arenado, however, made his mark with two home runs – including a go-ahead three-run shot – in the Rockies’ 10-5 victory. He’s batting .385 with four homers over a 10-game hitting streak and .378 with five home runs in a nine-game streak at Coors.
”If you had told me in spring training I would have hit (a career-high) 19 home runs by this point, I would have said, `No shot,”’ Arenado said. ”I’ve just been putting some good swings on the ball and luckily they have been going out. It’s just nice to hit the ball hard and help my team win.”
Wilin Rosario, DJ LeMahieu and Brandon Barnes also went deep as Colorado (31-39) hit a season-high five home runs. The club has batted .331 while averaging 7.5 runs over its last four games.
The Rockies now hope to have star Carlos Gonzalez back after he missed the opener with a left hand sprain.
”Right now, we think it’s going to be a day to day deal,” manager Walt Weiss said. ”One or two days. With the hand, it’s always a little concerning with hitters. But I feel like it’s not too serious.”
Nick Ahmed and Welington Castillo each homered to help Arizona build an early 3-1 advantage before its four-game winning streak in the season series was dashed when Colorado scored six in the fifth inning.
The Diamondbacks (34-36) also failed to get back to .500 for the fourth time during a 7-4 stretch.
They’ll try to bounce back against right-hander David Hale (2-2, 5.28 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in his last two starts after going 2-0 with a 4.12 ERA in his first three.
Hale allowed season highs of five runs and 10 hits over five innings in Friday’s 8-4 loss to visiting Houston. He’s surrendered six homers in his past three home starts.
In his only appearance against the Diamondbacks, Hale surrendered two runs and three hits in 2-3 innings of relief in a 6-5 road loss June 8, 2014, while with Atlanta.
Arizona’s Allen Webster (1-1, 6.55) will try to regroup after he allowed six runs and walked five over 5 1-3 innings in Friday’s 7-1 home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"It’s always a challenge," Webster told MLB’s official website. "I didn’t have my command that I had the previous game, but went out there and battled."
The right-hander, who made 18 starts over his first two seasons with Boston, limited San Francisco to two runs and two hits while walking three over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-2 road win June 13.