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Thursday, June 5 (All times Eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (25-36) at Colorado Rockies (28-30), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 4.39) Colorado - Juan Nicasio (5-3, 4.06)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks target their first sweep of the season when they close out a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies Thursday night at Coors Field.

The Diamondbacks won Tuesday's opener by a 4-2 score and followed that with last night's 16-8 pummeling of the Rockies.

Arizona banged out 21 hits and scored 11 runs over the final two innings to win for the seventh time in the last 12 tries. Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer during a five-run top of the ninth inning and Didi Gregorius connected on a solo shot in the first.

"Four runs is not a big lead, especially in this ball park," said Montero, referring to Arizona's initial 4-0 lead through four innings. "Anything can happen. We had to keep scoring."

Montero had three hits and six RBI, Gregorius added three hits and three runs scored, Paul Goldschmidt finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored three times and Gerardo Parra ended with three hits, two RBI and four runs scored.

Brad Ziegler won despite allowing two runs -- one earned -- in two-thirds of an inning in relief. Josh Collmenter gave up four runs and nine hits in five innings in the start.

Arizona, which is 4-1 in the last five road games, will start a five-game homestand Friday with the first of three straight games versus the Atlanta Braves.

Bronson Arroyo will take the mound for the D'backs Thursday and he has a 4-4 mark to go along with a 4.39 earned run average in 11 starts. Arroyo is 0-2 in three starts since a personal three-game winning streak and was reached for five runs and nine hits in seven innings of Friday's 6-4 loss to his former club, the Cincinnati Reds.

Arroyo, a veteran right-hander, has allowed 11 runs during his current winless streak and is 3-2 in six road assignments. He has faced the Rockies 14 times (12 starts) in his career, going 4-4 with a 4.94 ERA. Arroyo, who is 2-0 in two starts against the NL West this season, has lasted at least seven innings five times in the previous six outings.

Meanwhile, the Rockies have lost six in a row and fell to 0-2 on a 10-game homestand with last night's lopsided defeat.

Rex Brothers was saddled with the loss for allowing five runs and Matt Belisle also surrendered that many in an inning of relief. Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles lasted four innings, charged with four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in the no-decision. Lyles, though, broke his left hand on a play at the plate in the first inning and will most likely land on the disabled list.

Lyles was wearing a soft cast after the game and is expected to visit a specialist Thursday for further evaluation.

Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Drew Stubbs had two RBI apiece and five Colorado players ended with a pair of hits.

"It's up to us to turn this thing around," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "Each guy. No one is going to do it for us."

The Rockies are 16-9 at home and will also host Los Angeles and Atlanta on this residency. The club placed star left fielder and former All-Star Carlos Gonzalez on the DL with a nagging finger injury Wednesday. He is hitting .255 with eight home runs and 31 RBI. Corey Dickerson is expected to see more time with CarGo out.

"I think it was time," Gonzalez told the team's website. "We talked about it so many times and I tried not to go on the DL, but I guess it got to the point that I wasn't helping myself, I wasn't helping the club.

"I was taking (at-bats away from) a good guy that has been really hot like Dickerson. ... I think he's the best option right now to play."

Juan Nicasio shoots for his sixth win of the season and is 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA through 11 starts. Nicasio is 1-2 in his past three decisions and was defeated at Cleveland on Friday to the tune of five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was coming off six shutout innings at Atlanta on May 24.

Nicasio, a right-hander, has a 3-0 record in six home starts this season and is 2-1 with a 6.23 ERA in six career starts against the D'backs.

Colorado and Arizona have split eight meetings this season.

06/05 10:37:25 ET