The Arizona Diamondbacks used one of their most productive days at the plate in nearly a month to keep rolling toward a division title.
Despite sitting four regulars Monday, Arizona (81-60) scored double-digit runs for the first time since Aug. 9 and hung on for a 10-7 victory. Colorado (66-75) scored four runs in ninth on homers from Dexter Fowler(notes) and Troy Tulowitzki(notes) to make the final score a little more respectable.
The injury-plagued Geoff Blum(notes), meanwhile, set season highs with three hits and three RBIs as the Diamondbacks maintained their seven-game lead in the NL West over San Francisco and reduced their magic number to 15. The win over Colorado was Blum’s 10th game this season.
“I’m more than ready to jump on these guys’ coattails and help them out,” he said. “I’ve had a chance to be a part of some special teams over these years and this has grown into one of my more favorite. It gets me excited about what could happen later on in October.”
Another strong start from Collmenter (9-8, 3.18 ERA) could help Arizona move a step closer toward playing in October. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA in his last five outings and gave up two runs and no walks over six innings during Wednesday’s 4-2 victory over the Rockies.
Diamondbacks starters have posted a 1.46 ERA while helping their team win 12 of 13. Arizona has outscored opponents 69-28 over that stretch.
“No one wants to be the guy that messes it up. We want to keep it going,” Collmenter said.
The right-hander will face a Colorado team that’s been outscored 58-38 while dropping seven of 10.
Jason Hammel(notes) (7-13, 5.15) will try to turn around his team’s fortunes while making his first start since Aug. 19 and first since the birth of his first child Friday. The right-hander was demoted to the bullpen after going 4-11 with a 6.15 ERA in his previous 19 starts but is returning to the rotation with Jhoulys Chacin(notes) still recovering after suffering from a fever and tonsil inflammation last week.
“It’s another opportunity to prove that I can start,” Hammel told the team’s official website. “I’m just going to look at it as getting some innings, because I know that’s what I need to do, and we’ll go from there.”
Hammel gave up a career-worst eight runs and 12 hits in his previous start against Arizona on July 23 but was 1-1 with a 0.93 ERA in three previous matchups.
Miguel Montero(notes), who took a break from his career-best 13-game hit streak Monday, is 3 for 15 in his career against Hammel. Aaron Hill(notes), batting .500 over his last eight contests, is 1 for 10.
Fowler, who homered twice in Monday’s loss, is batting .520 with four homers over his last six games and is 3 for 9 with a home run in his career against Collmenter. Carlos Gonzalez(notes) is 3 for 5 with a homer.
Collmenter is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three career starts against the Rockies.
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