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Monday, May 20
(All times eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19) at Colorado Rockies (24-20) 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Patrick Corbin (6-0, 1.52)
Colorado - Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89)
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies take aim at the National League West
Division lead on Monday when they meet up with the Arizona Diamondbacks at
Arizona entered the day with a one-game cushion over the Rockies and Giants in
the NL West standings.
However, the Rockies are coming off three straight wins against those same
Giants. Colorado enjoyed a 25-11 scoring margin in the three victories.
On Sunday, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales each drove in a pair of runs to
lead the way in a 5-0 victory. Starter Juan Nicasio pitched six scoreless
innings and gave up only three hits.
Dexter Fowler has gone 9-for-15 during the team's three-game win streak.
The Diamondbacks saw their winning streak halted at four in a row after
Sunday's 2-1 setback in Miami. It was the second straight game they were held
to just one run. While there was not a whole lot of offense, Jason Kubel's
sacrifice fly in the ninth inning maintained Arizona's status as the only team
in baseball that has not been shutout this season. Didi Gregorius, who is
hitting .354, went 3-for-4 in Sunday's loss.
The D-backs will send unbeaten Patrick Corbin to the mound, as the second-year
lefty is 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA. Corbin blanked the Braves in seven innings his
last time out. He walked five batters but also struck out five and gave up
only three hits.
In each of his first eight starts, Corbin has thrown at least six innings and
held the opposition to two or fewer runs. The D-backs have won all eight of
his starts. Randy Johnson is the only other left-hander in team history to
begin a season 6-0.
"I haven't looked at (the increased media attention) at all," Corbin said.
"Our job is to go out there and we don't want to lose. That's what I've been
trying to do every time I go out."
Jon Garland takes the hill for Colorado. Garland has pitched five innings and
given up three runs on seven hits in each of his last three outings. However,
he has lost his last two starts, including Wednesday's 6-3 setback to the
"I don't want to come out of these games," said Garland. "It's not my choice.
I'd like to keep going and see if I can continue to give the team a chance.
"It almost seems like I'm hurting the team rather than helping the team when
I'm going five."
Arizona has won four of the seven meetings between these two teams this
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