A weekend trip to hitter-friendly Coors Field has sparked Arizona’s offense.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled and tripled and had two RBIs to finish off a dominating series and the Diamondbacks earned an 8-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Goldschmidt homered twice in each of the first two games against the Rockies. He was 8 of 13 with four home runs and nine RBIs in the three-game sweep.
“This is definitely a good weekend,” Goldschmidt said. “We had a stretch of where our offense was really struggling, maybe longer than that. This weekend was definitely a step in the right direction.”
Ketel Marte had three hits and three RBIs for Arizona on Sunday. The Diamondbacks scored 29 runs in Colorado after having just 10 in a three-game series in San Francisco.
“You win three games here the way we did against this type of team, this atmosphere, you’re doing a lot right,” Arizona manager Torey Luvollo said.
Marte led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the season off Kyle Freeland and added an RBI single in a three-run sixth.
Freeland (6-6) allowed four runs and struck out eight in six innings for Colorado. The Rockies have lost seven straight at home for the first time since April 23 to May 10, 2016 to fall below .500 for the first time since April 11.
“You don’t want to fall below .500 now, but you know there is still a lot of time to get things going and make runs like teams have already done,” catcher Chris Iannetta said.
Colorado scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning on Ian Desmond’s two-run single that chased Zack Godley (6-5). Godley allowed two runs and five hits and struck out eight in 5 2-3 innings.
Arizona added three runs in the seventh. Goldschmidt tripled off Jerry Vasto to drive in two, and he scored on Marte’s double to left.
“For us to add on was big,” Goldschmidt said. “A two-run ballgame, anything can happen.”
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-2, 2.87 ERA) will open a three-game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (6-6, 5.66) will start Colorado’s six-game road trip against Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
AROUND THE MAJORS
Seth Lugo pitched six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Luis Severino, and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 2-0 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game skid.
Frazier went deep for the second consecutive night to help the Mets prevent a Subway Series sweep at Citi Field. They ended a 10-game home losing streak and avoided an 0-9 homestand that would have matched the worst in team history.
Despite losing another important player to injury when second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera exited with a tight left hamstring, the Mets broke a six-game slide against their New York rivals. The crosstown foes meet again at Yankee Stadium from July 20-22, right after the All-Star break.
— Clayton Richard became the latest pitcher to flirt with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ history. He lost his bid with two outs in the seventh inning during a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins. The Padres are the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969.
— Max Muncy homered in his third straight game, Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez also connected, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2. The Dodgers took the series from Atlanta and have won seven of their last nine games.
— George Springer scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a balk, and the Houston Astros swept their Texas rivals in a four-game series for the first time with an 8-7 win over the Rangers. Springer also had his major league-leading fifth leadoff home run.
— Brandon Crawford went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the San Francisco Giants dealt Max Scherzer his first loss in more than two months, defeating the Washington Nationals 2-0. After Pablo Sandoval walked leading off the third, Crawford homered into the second deck in right for his eighth of the season. Since May 1, Crawford is hitting an MLB-best .439. Scherzer had won nine straight decisions since his last loss on April 4.
— Matt Chapman homered leading off the eighth, moments after shortstop Marcus Semien’s defensive gem, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2. Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy both drove in runs for the A’s, who squandered numerous scoring chances before Chapman came through with a solo home run off Royals reliever Jason Adam.
— Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the seventh inning, Daniel Palka had a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2. Lopez gave up two runs and six hits while striking out six with three walks in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 1-3 in eight road starts this season.
— Jake Cave had a career-high three hits, including a home run, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-5. Los Angeles had the go-ahead run at the plate against closer Fernando Rodney, but Zack Cozart popped out.
— Right fielder Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at the plate to end the game, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 for their 17th win in 22 games. Field tried to score from first on a two-out, bloop single by Carlos Gomez. James Paxton struck out 10 and Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead home run for Seattle. Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners.
— Corey Kluber continued his dominance of the American League Central, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2. Kluber (10-2) is 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in five starts against division rivals this season and has won his last 11 decisions against teams from the AL Central. Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez each drove in three runs for Cleveland, which expanded its divisional lead to five games over the Tigers.
— Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-high six RBIs, Marco Estrada pitched six innings to snap an eight-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the struggling Baltimore Orioles 13-3 to complete a four-game sweep.
— Zach Eflin tied his career high with nine strikeouts over six innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. Eflin had his second strong start after two subpar outings. He allowed two runs and three hits with one walk. It was the Phillies’ fourth victory in 14 games.
— Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run and Gregory Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple, leading Ivan Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 7-1. Pittsburgh ended its losing streak at three. Anthony Rizzo drove in the lone run for Chicago, which had won four in a row.
— Center fielder Billy Hamilton made a bunch of key defensive plays and the Cincinnati Reds ended their 13-game losing streak to St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 6-3. Hamilton threw out two runners, then made outstanding catches against the wall in the eighth and ninth innings. He also tripled and scored twice..