The D-backs wasted no time, with A.J. Pollock hitting a triple to lead off the top of the first inning, and scoring on a groundout. Paul Goldschmidt then delivered a 451 foot bomb, according to ESPN, which they say was his longest since August 2015. It was in sharp contrast to the three-run shot he delivered in the third inning, a laser-beam which got out of Coors Field on a line. He completed the scoring with a seventh inning RBI, to finish the night 3-for-3 with a walk and five driven in. Pollock added a double to his triple.
Zack Greinke was solid: he continued his streak of solo home-runs, allowing a shot to Mark Reynolds, but only one other run over seven innings. He scattered six hits, but walked none and struck out seven. Arizona had a four-run lead coming into the bottom of the ninth, but, of course - it’s never easy at Coors. Archie Bradley had his first rough inning all year, loading the bases on two hits and a walk without getting an out. But a somewhat fortunate foul tip led to a K, and Fernando Rodney came in and retired the next two batters on an RBI groundout and fly-ball. The win pulls the D-backs back within one-half a game of the Rockies.
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