National League Game Summary - Colorado at Arizona
(Saturday, July 6th)
Final Score: Arizona 11, Colorado 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Wade Miley shined both on the mound and at the
plate to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 11-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies
in the middle test of a three-game series from Chase Field.
The left-hander limited Colorado to one run on five hits and struck out five
over a season-high eight innings to snap a five-start winless streak, while
helping his cause by stroking a three-run double in the second inning. Miley
(5-7) had gone 0-2 with three no-decisions since besting St. Louis on June 5.
Arizona also belted three home runs en route to a fourth straight victory
following a season-long five-game skid. Miguel Montero delivered a three-run
blast, while Paul Goldschmidt and Martin Prado each had two-run shots for the
NL West leaders.
Cody Ross provided further support by going 5-for-5 with three runs scored.
"Obviously it feels good to get some consecutive hits in a row, even feels
better with a win," said Ross. "That's the main thing."
Colorado was dealt its fifth loss in six games and struggled offensively
against a southpaw for a second straight night, with Tyler Skaggs firing eight
shutout frames in the Diamondbacks' 5-0 triumph in Friday's opener.
Carlos Gonzalez, voted into the NL's starting outfield for the upcoming All-
Star Game, had four of the Rockies' six hits and supplied the team's lone run
with a solo homer.
Drew Pomeranz (0-2) lasted just four innings for Colorado, permitting five
runs while issuing five walks along with five hits.
Much like Skaggs the previous night, Miley continually kept Colorado's hitters
in check all throughout his stint. He also came up big in his first at-bat as
Arizona jumped all over Pomeranz in the bottom of the second inning.
Ross began the outburst with a ground-rule double and Pomeranz walked both
Gerardo Parra and Didi Gregorius in succession to load the bases with two out.
The move backfired, as Miley laced a double into the left-field corner to
plate all three men aboard and stake the Diamondbacks to a 3-0 lead.
That was enough for Miley, who yielded just three singles and a walk through
the first six innings and set down eight consecutive hitters until Gonzalez
opened the seventh with his 24th homer of the season.
"He was able to get movement on his fastball and we made some good plays,"
said Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. "Really efficient with his pitches, his
pitch count, and [it was] what we needed to get that bullpen rested as well."
Gonzalez's shot cut Colorado's deficit to 6-1, as Goldschmidt -- fresh off
being named an All-Star reserve -- followed a walk to Aaron Hill with a long
drive into the left-field seats in the third and Arizona tacked on another run
against Manny Corpas in the bottom of the fifth. Ross led off with a single,
moved up a base on a balk, and crossed the plate on Parra's double two batters
"I need to put my team in a better spot to win the game," said Pomeranz. "You
can't do that, being down 5-0 after three innings."
Ross collected his fourth hit of the evening in Arizona's half of the seventh,
right before Prado deposited the first pitch he saw from Corpas into the
stands to give the Diamondbacks a commanding 8-1 advantage.
Montero capped the scoring an inning later with a towering homer off Wilton
Lopez, who had given up a double to A.J. Pollock and a walk to Goldschmidt in
front of the blast.
Outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who doubled in the seventh inning to extend his
road hitting streak to 15 games, and injured shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were
Colorado's other two All-Star selections, with Sunday starter Patrick Corbin
joining Goldschmidt as the D-backs' representatives ... Ross produced his
first career five-hit game ... Miley improved to 5-0 with a 2.52 ERA in eight
career outings (seven starts) against Colorado ... The Rockies have lost four
straight and nine of their last 11 on the road.