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Saunders Helps Arizona Beat Colorado 5-3.

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 07: Starting pitcher Joe Saunders #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers against Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 7, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Saunders earned the win and drove in the game winning run as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 07: Starting pitcher Joe Saunders #34 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers against Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 7, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Saunders earned the win and drove in the game winning run as the Diamondbacks defeated the Rockies 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — Joe Saunders tossed six solid innings, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Jon McDonald and Gerardo Parra had two hits each for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have won 13 of 15 and increased their lead in the NL West to seven games over San Francisco.

The Giants lost to San Diego 3-1 on Wednesday.

J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his 37th saves.

Wilin Rosario, Kevin Millwood and Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies.

Saunders (10-12) won for just the second time since the end of July. He gave up three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out four to become the third Arizona starter with double-digit wins.

Arizona rallied to take the lead in the sixth. With two outs, McDonald doubled down the left-field line to score Paul Goldschmidt from first. Saunders helped his own cause with a single to right to drive in McDonald and give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead.

Upton led off the seventh with his 28th homer to make it 5-3.

Colorado took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on Rosario’s first career homer — a solo shot.

The Diamondbacks jumped ahead 2-0 in the third on Montero’s two-run homer to dead center field, his 15th of the season. The Rockies tied it in the bottom of the inning on solo homers by Millwood and Gonzalez. It was Millwood’s third career homer and Gonzalez’s 25th of the year.

Millwood (2-2) gave up four runs on 10 hits and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings.

Notes: Millwood’s homer was his first since May 18, 2002. … Arizona 3B Ryan Roberts was out of the lineup, but manager Kirk Gibson said it was not because of the spike he took to his left leg in Tuesday’s loss. … Rockies 1B Todd Helton (back stiffness) sat out his fourth straight game. Manager Jim Tracy said Helton could play Friday. … The Diamondbacks send ace Ian Kennedy to the mound Thursday in the opener of a four-game home series against San Diego. … Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will start for the Rockies when they open a three-game series Friday against Cincinnati.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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