Diamondbacks 16, Rockies 6
PHOENIX (AP)—It was the game Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly has been waiting for.
“We haven’t seen that in a long time,” Brenly said. “It was fun to watch and those are the guys I remember.”
Arizona is 24-31 since the All-Star break, and averaging just 4.3 runs a game.
Arizona parlayed four hits, an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball into six runs in the second, chasing rookie Jason Young (0-2). Young, in just his third start and fifth appearance overall, allowed six runs, five earned, and four hits in 1 1-3 innings.
Colorado scored four runs in the third and another in the fifth to cut the lead to 8-6.
“We snuck back in and we closed it to within two runs,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “It just caved in after that. On the mound, it caved early, caved late.”
The Diamondbacks then scored four in the sixth off Jesus Sanchez, who was pulled after Felix Jose hit a three-run, pinch-hit double. Cintron added a run-scoring double in the inning and a single in the seventh for the first four-hit game of his career. He leads the team with 14 three-hit games.
Arizona starter Miguel Batista (10-8) pitched five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits and walking four on 104 pitches.
“He struggled with his command the entire time,” Brenly said. “(He was) very tight in the strike zone both ways, just threw a ton of pitches, and when he did come in the strike zone they got their share of hits against him. It was not pretty but he did what he had to do.”
Oscar Villareal, Stephan Randolph and Mike Myers combined to throw four innings of shutout relief for the Diamondbacks, who have won three of four.
Mondesi hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Arizona a 2-0 lead. It was his fifth home run with the Diamondbacks, and 21st overall.
“I try to do my best every game but sometime everybody knows you are going to have a bad game,” Mondesi said. “You have to be consistent and try and help the team.”
Colorado’s Jay Payton answered with a 400-foot solo homer to right center in the top of the second, his 26th of the season.
In the second, Lyle Overbay struck out but reached on a wild pitch by Young, Rod Barajas reached on an error, Batista bunted into a fielder’s choice and Steve Finley singled to load the bases. Junior Spivey then singled in a run, Young was pulled and Luis Gonzalez walked off Denny Stark to give Arizona a 4-1 lead. Mondesi then singled sharply to center to score two. Gonzalez scored on a passed ball and Shea Hillenbrand later drove in Mondesi with a sacrifice fly.
Gonzalez added a two-run homer for Arizona, which remained 7 1/2 games behindFlorida in the NL wild-card race.
Batista became Arizona’s first 10-game winner after the team had two 20-game winners a year ago (Randy Johnson 24-5, Curt Schilling 23-7). Rick Helling also was 10-12 last season. … It was not the most runs given up by Batista this season. He gave up seven runs in eight innings Sept. 3 at San Diego in a 12-0 loss. … Friday’s 8-2 win gave Colorado consecutive road victories for the first time since beating Milwaukee July 4-5. The Rockies haven’t won three straight away from Denver since May 30-June 1, 2002 at San Diego (1) and San Francisco (2). … The next San Francisco win or Arizona loss will mathematically eliminate the Diamondbacks from winning the NL West, asthey did the last two seasons.