DENVER (AP)—Aaron Miles might have been the least likely player in the Colorado lineup to hit two home runs and drive in six runs.
Led by their light-hitting rookie second baseman, the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-4 Wednesday night.
Colorado had 15 hits in its third straight win while Arizona dropped its fifth in a row.
After the game, manager Rockies manager Clint Hurdle announced that center fielder Preston Wilson will undergo surgery for torn cartilage in his left knee and be sidelined indefinitely. Wilson, who led the NL last season with 141 RBIs, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 13.
Miles, acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Juan Uribe on Dec. 2, hit a solo homer in the first and a three-run shot in the fifth. He had an RBI double in the fourth and a run-scoring groundout in the seventh.
Miles went 3-for-5 and raised his average from .158 to .250.
“Leading off the game with a homer was special, especially because I haven’t exactly been killing the ball,” Miles said. “I had a little bit of a weight lifted off of me. I just tried to hit the ball and tried to make good solid contact, line drives, and hard ground balls. In this park when you get under it, something good happens.”
The switch-hitting Miles hit his first homer left-handed and his second right-handed, a feat he also accomplished once in the minors.
“Who would have thought Miles was going to hit two home runs, one from each side of the plate?” Hurdle said.
But Hurdle noted that Miles hit 11 homers at Triple-A Charlotte last season, and scouts said “he could square a ball up every now and then. He’s shown he’s got that ability now. At least it will draw some awareness throughout the league that he’s not just a Punch-and-Judy hitter up there.”
Joe Kennedy (1-0) pitched six solid innings for the Rockies.
Kennedy, who went 3-12 for Tampa Bay last season, threw five scoreless innings before tiring in the sixth, when he gave up a two-run homer to Luis Gonzalez. He allowed six hits and two runs. He struck out four and walked one.
It was Kennedy’s first win since last May 13, and it ended his nine-game losing streak.
“Kennedy gave us a quality start,” Hurdle said. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he stayed out of the middle of the plate for the most part. And he was able to use all his pitches—his slow curveball, his two-seamer, his four-seamer and his changeup. He was just kind of quietly efficient.”
Diamondbacks starter Elmer Dessens (0-1) went 4 2-3 innings, surrendering 11 hits and nine runs.
Arizona manager Bob Brenly was ejected in the ninth by home plate umpire Gary Darling for arguing balls and strikes.
“We don’t want anybody to get accustomed to finding ways to lose, which I think we’ve been doing,” Brenly said. “I don’t mind getting beat. You are going to get beat. In a good year you are going to lose 60 or 70 ballgames. I don’t like it when we beat ourselves, and we’ve been doing a lot of that and that’s going to change.”
Miles and Vinny Castilla homered in the first off Dessens to put Colorado up 3-0. Miles led off with his first major league homer. After Todd Helton doubled, Castilla hit a 422-foot homer to left, his second.
In the fourth, Rene Reyes doubled down the left-field line and scored on Miles’ ground-rule double for a 4-0 lead.
Kennedy breezed through the first three innings, getting a double-play grounder after having to duck out of the way of Richie Sexson’s lined single to lead off the second.
Colorado chased Dessens with a six-run fifth that included Miles’ three-run homer.
Arizona cut the deficit to 10-2 in the sixth on Gonzalez’s 427-foot homer, his third.
Hillenbrand and Danny Bautista hit solo homers in the ninth to make it14-4.
The Rockies honored the NCAA champion University of Denver men’s hockey team in a pregame ceremony. … Miles’ homer in the first marked the 21st time a Colorado player led off a game with a home run. … Reyes made a runningcatch at the right-field wall to rob Matt Kata in the first.