Diamondbacks Beat Rockies To Avoid Sweep
DENVER (AP) — Mark Trumbo homered for the fourth straight game, and the Arizona Diamondbacks averted a sweep by beating Colorado 5-3 on Sunday.
Wade Miley pitched eight strong innings to extend his mastery over the Rockies. He also had a career-best three hits, including an RBI single and benefited from a defense that turned five double plays as the Diamondbacks won for just the second time in nine games this season.
Miley improved to 7-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 10 career games (nine starts) against the Rockies, matching the longest winning streak against Colorado to start a career.
The winning pitcher in Arizona’s only other victory this season, Miley (2-1) allowed two runs and seven hits.
Addison Reed gave up a leadoff single to Carlos Gonzalez in the ninth and Gonzalez stole second and went to third on catcher Miguel Montero’s throwing error. Troy Tulowitzki walked to put runners on the corners.
But Reed induced Wilin Rosario to ground into a run-scoring double play and then got Nolan Arenado to fly out to left for his second save in as many chances.
Trumbo, who walked in his first two plate appearances, connected off Brett Anderson (0-2) for his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth that sailed into the left field bleachers and stretched Arizona’s lead to 5-0. Anderson went six innings and allowed five runs and 10 hits.
Colorado got on the scoreboard with sacrifice flies by Drew Stubbs in the fifth and Arenado in the sixth.
A rare error by Arenado, last season’s Gold Glove winner at third base, opened the door to a pair of unearned runs for the Diamondbacks in the third inning. Paul Goldschmidt’s hard grounder kicked off his glove, allowing A.J. Pollock and Aaron Hill, who were aboard with singles, to score.
Chris Owings doubled and scored on Miley’s fourth-inning single.
The new replay rule figured in a reversed call in the first inning. First base ump Mike Muchlinski called Colorado leadoff batter Charlie Blackmon out, but the replay showed Blackmon beat first baseman Goldschmidt’s flip to Miley, covering the bag, getting his hand on the base with a headfirst slide just ahead of Miley stepping on the bag.
By Dennis Georgatos, AP Writer (© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)