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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, June 4 (All times Eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (24-36) at Colorado Rockies (28-29), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Josh Collmenter (4-2, 3.34) Colorado - Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.46)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies will try again to break out of their slump when they resume a three-game series versus the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday at Coors Field.

The Rockies have lost a season-high five straight games and seven of their last eight, and started a 10-game homestand with Tuesday's 4-2 loss. Jorge De La Rosa was dealt the setback for giving up three runs and seven hits in seven innings with no strikeouts and three walks.

Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu both homered for the Rockies, who were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.

"There is no secret words or magic potion, we just have to fight through it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of the skid. "We're in a little bit of a funk here offensively, we just have to fight through it."

Colorado still has Los Angeles and Atlanta scheduled to visit the Mile High City and is 16-8 at Coors Field.

Rockies star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez left the game after five innings with finger inflammation. Gonzalez has been bothered by the problem this season and could land on the disabled list soon.

CarGo is hitting .255 with eight homers and 31 RBI.

Rockies starter Jordan Lyles has fallen on hard times with three straight losses (0-1) for his team and looks to bounce back Wednesday. Lyles allowed two runs in five innings in last Wednesday's 6-3 loss at Philadelphia for his second straight no-decision.

Lyles, a right-hander, started the season 5-0 with a 2.66 earned run average, but has seen his ERA rise to 3.46 in 11 appearances. He has pitched well at home, going 3-1 in four starts, and hasn't fared so well in four career starts against the D'backs. Lyles is 0-2 with a lofty 7.84 ERA in this series.

The Diamondbacks ended a three-game losing streak with last night's win, as Chris Owings led the offense with three hits, including a home run, and two RBI. Nick Evans also went deep for Arizona, which used a three-run fourth inning for a cushion.

Rookie Chase Anderson started on the mound for the D'backs and improved to 4-0 with six innings of one-run ball against one of the majors' best lineups. Addison Reed worked around a home run and two hits in the ninth for his 15th save.

"I knew it was tough lineup coming into the game," said Anderson. "They are great hitters, but tonight was a great night. I was able to keep the ball down for the most part. (The) defense made some really good plays behind me."

Arizona, which has an 18-1 record when leading after eight innings, is 11-7 in its last 18 games and has won two of its past three series.

D'backs hurler Josh Collmenter is coming off the best start of his career and will try to duplicate that performance when he toes the rubber Wednesday. Collmenter tossed a three-hit shutout in last Thursday's 4-0 win over Cincinnati and scattered three hits with five K's and no walks.

Collmenter has won three straight starts and four decisions in a row, and is 4-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 13 games (9 starts) this season. The right-hander has faced the Rockies 16 times (6 starts) in his career and has a 2-1 record with a 4.10 ERA to show for it.

Arizona is 6-1 in Collmenter's last seven appearances.

Colorado is 4-3 against Arizona this season.

06/04 10:43:23 ET