Arizona (1-0) at Colorado (0-1)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Sat Apr 2, 2011
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It’s been nine years since the Arizona Diamondbacks have won back-to-back games to open a season.

If Daniel Hudson(notes) can continue his success against NL hitters, the Diamondbacks could accomplish that feat Saturday night versus the Colorado Rockies.

Arizona used home runs from Justin Upton(notes) and Miguel Montero(notes) to rally from an early deficit during Friday’s opener at Coors Field. A two-out error from Montero, though, helped send the game into extra innings, but the Diamondbacks benefited from a wild pitch in the 11th for a 7-6 victory.

New closer J.J. Putz(notes) struck out two of the three batters he faced while earning the save in Kirk Gibson’s first opener as a manager.

“A great game,” Putz said. “What an opening day. It was just a battle all day. … We were able to scratch and claw, get a lead and hold it at the end.”

Hudson will try to give his team another win in the second of a three-game series by picking up where he left off last season.

After being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 30, the right-hander went 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 starts. He was 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA in three outings with the White Sox last season.

Hudson might have added some optimism by bouncing back from a pair of rough outings in spring training with 5 2-3 scoreless innings Monday. He was given the option to pitch in a minor league game but chose to face the Texas Rangers.

“I had a couple of rough ones in a row,” Hudson said, “so it felt good to have a good outing like that to end the spring and get going into the regular season.”

While Hudson will try to build on that outing, Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa(notes) is hoping to put an injury-shortened 2010 and a somewhat difficult spring training behind him.

The left-hander finished the exhibition season 2-1 with a 5.21 ERA in four starts. He was tagged for five runs and eight hits over six innings in the final of those outings Monday against Seattle.

De La Rosa won three of his first four starts last season after posting a career-best 16 victories in 2009, but a torn tendon in his left middle finger put him out for nearly 2 1/2 months. He won once in eight starts after returning in July and finished 8-7 but with a career-best 4.22 ERA.

The Rockies, though, had enough faith in the left-hander to sign him to a two-year deal in December.

“He really wanted to be here,” team vice chairman Richard Monfort said in February. “We had a number in mind, and he had a number in mind. Somewhere, those crossed paths. He was a key ingredient to us two years ago, and we think he can be a key ingredient this year.”

De La Rosa might start this season off strong as he’s 5-2 with a 1.97 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona. Hudson did not receive a decision in his only outing against Colorado despite pitching a four-hitter through seven innings and striking out nine.

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D. Hudson Ari vs. J. De La Rosa Col
16-12 Record 5-2
3.49 ERA 3.51
169 K 52
50 BB 22
1.20 WHIP 1.19


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