The Diamondbacks (80-60) were stymied for most of Sunday’s series finale at second-place San Francisco but scored four runs in the eighth for a 4-1 victory that increased their division lead to seven games.
“These guys feel good about themselves, and they should,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “There’s no comfort - I don’t care how many games we’re up - until we’ve secured our spot in the playoffs. It’s not a scary thing. We know that we have to continue to not take things for granted.”
Gibson’s club will now play 16 consecutive games against teams that are currently below .500, including its second series with Colorado (66-74) in a week. The Diamondbacks outscored the Rockies 18-7 over three games at Chase Field, with Miley (2-1, 3.94 ERA) earning the win in the middle game of the set last Tuesday.
The left-hander gave up two runs over six innings of that 9-4 victory - the only runs he’s allowed in his back-to-back wins.
“He gets going a little fast, rushing early in games,” Gibson told the Diamondbacks’ official website after Miley defeated the Rockies. “Then he settled in. He ended up giving us six strong innings.”
Arizona has won 14 of its last 18 meetings with Colorado, including three of four in Denver from May 24-26.
The Rockies are returning home on the heels of a 3-6 road trip, but just missed a sweep of San Diego when they fell 7-2 on Sunday.
Colorado has won a season-high five in a row at Coors. To keep that run going, the Rockies could use a better outing from Esmil Rogers(notes) (6-4, 5.94). The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.08 ERA in his last four starts and gave up a three-run homer to Miguel Montero(notes) in the first inning of Wednesday’s 4-2 loss in Arizona.
Rogers has allowed 20 runs in the first inning of his 10 starts this season.
“We talked about it (Saturday) when I threw my bullpen,” Rogers told the Rockies’ official website. “I’m going to try to do everything I can do to be better in the game, and try to stay longer in the game, too.
“I think we’re going to try to pretend we’re facing three hitters during the (pregame) bullpen, like it’s the beginning of the game.”
Rogers gave up one run over 6 1-3 innings in his only other start against Arizona on Aug. 20, 2010, and hasn’t faced the Diamondbacks at Coors Field.