Arizona gets much needed win over Rockies
After scoring just two runs during a three-game weekend series at San Francisco, the Arizona Diamondbacks needed someone from their struggling offense to step up and make a splash.
Reserve catcher Miguel Montero answered the call for the D-backs on Monday, launching a three-run homer into the swimming pool beyond the right-field fence at Chase Field to power Arizona to a 6-3 victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies.
The Diamondbacks collected 10 hits on the night against three Colorado pitchers. Montero’s splashdown homer, which capped a four-run fifth inning and was his first round-tripper of the year, was the biggest.
“We’ve obviously struggled some offensively,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. “And to get the output we did today, some big hits, some long balls, contributions for everybody, that’s the kind of team we’re going to have to be.”
The Diamondbacks (5-8) got two hits each from Mark Reynolds, Felipe Lopez, Augie Ojeda and Chad Tracy. Reynolds drove in a pair of runs with a second-inning homer (his third of the season) and a fourth-inning single.
Jon Garland (2-1, 5.71 ERA) earned the victory for the D-backs, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in six and two-thirds innings. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked two.
Left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis was called upon to pitch for Arizona in a two-on, two-out situation in the top of the seventh. Schoeneweis ended the Colorado threat by striking out Ian Stewart, who had hit his third home run of the season an inning earlier.
After the Rockies (4-8) scored a run in the eighth off Tony Pena to close their deficit to 6-3, Diamondbacks closer Chad Qualls retired the side in order in the ninth to register his third save.
Colorado starter Jason Marquis (2-1, 4.26 ERA) gave up all six Arizona runs, surrendering nine hits in five innings.
By: Tom Kessler
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