Rockies offense explodes after De La Rosa’s exit
When Colorado Rockies starting pitcherleft the game with one out in the third inning, there was no score but the Arizona Diamondbacks were threatening with runners at second and third. Both runners scored after De La Rosa’s exit, as did one more to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.
From that point on, however, the game belonged to the Rockies on their way to a 12-4 win in the first game of Tuesday’s double-header:
- Solo home runs by and in the bottom of the fourth inning brought the Rockies to within a run. Gonzalez’s home run bounced off the facade of the upper deck in right while Smith’s just snuck over the fence in left field.
- In the fifth inning, an error and a single put and on base with one out and the heart of the order coming up. Gonzalez and walked to force in the tying run. gave the Rockies the lead with a sacrifice fly. Smith capped the inning with an RBI double.
- In the sixth, the Rockies used more small ball, adding two runs with a groundout from Gonzalez and a single from Tulowitzki to give the Rockies a 7-3 lead.
- The Rockies broke the game wide open in the seventh. After three one-out singles to start the inning that scored one run, Dexter Fowler drove in two more with a triple and Gonzalez followed with his second home run of the game, this time to dead center.
In all, the Rockies produced 14 hits and walked six times. Just as important, Rockies hitters struck out only four times.