DENVER -- Jake Lamb and Welington Castillo fueled the D-backs' offense as Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood -- making his first start in nearly three weeks -- was welcomed rudely back to the Majors in Arizona's 9-4 win Saturday night at Coors Field."We hit a lot of balls hard, had a
DENVER -- Jake Lamb and Welington Castillo fueled the D-backs' offense as Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood -- making his first start in nearly three weeks -- was welcomed rudely back to the Majors in Arizona's 9-4 win Saturday night at Coors Field.
"We hit a lot of balls hard, had a lot of good at-bats tonight," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Very proud of the guys for coming back, especially after a tough one last night."
Recently activated from the 15-day disabled list (upper back strain), Chatwood was tagged for six runs across five innings. Chris Owings, who tied a career high with four hits, started the scoring in the second with an RBI single to center before Arizona plated five runs in the third. Castillo hit a bases-clearing double followed by Lamb's 27th homer of the season, as all nine spots came up to bat in the inning.
"I thought I commanded the ball pretty well, but I got beat on two pitches," said Chatwood, who added that he felt 100 percent physically. "I made a good pitch on Castillo, and he hit it. I left the ball over the middle of the plate to Lamb, and he hit it all. I thought those two pitches really decided the game right there."
D-backs starter Braden Shipley surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings, but the recently shaky Arizona bullpen did well to hold the Rockies scoreless over the final 3 1/3 innings. The Rockies' bullpen was not nearly as effective as it gave up three more runs on Shipley's groundout in the sixth along with Paul Goldschmidt's double and Yasmany Tomás' single in the seventh.
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Putting out the fire: The D-backs' bullpen got the job done in a pair of crucial situations. With two outs and runners on second and third and the D-backs leading 7-4, left-hander Edwin Escobar came in and struck out Gerardo Parra. Then in the seventh Randall Delgado entered with two outs and a runner on first. After allowing a single, Delgado struck out Carlos González to end the inning. More >
"Escobar has been throwing the ball great for us," Owings said. "So we feel confident when he comes into the game for us."
Parra getting comfortable at first: With rookie David Dahl crushing the ball and Gonzalez healthy again, Parra hasn't seen much time in the outfield lately. However, in his seven starts at first base, he's hitting 8-for-22 (.364), including going 2-for-4 on Saturday with a leadoff homer in the third and a double in the fifth. More >
"I feel better, but it's not because I'm playing first base," Parra said. "When you feel good at home plate, the hits come through. ... Even when I play outfield, I've got to go get hits."
Tacking on: Given the D-backs' bullpen's previous struggles as well as the fact that no lead can be deemed safe at Coors Field, adding on runs was all the more crucial. While at times the offense has broken out and then gone quiet, it was a different story this time around. After grabbing the 6-0 lead in the third, the D-backs added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to provide some breathing room.
"That's huge, because the bottom line is as soon as they feel you're done scoring, they are so experienced here at coming back on teams, it's almost like they say, 'OK, they got their six, we'll come back at some point,'" Hale said. "But when you tack on one here and one there and keep them out on the field, I think it makes it tougher on them."
Tapia steps in for Blackmon: Rockies regular leadoff man Charlie Blackmon was a late scratch with back stiffness, but rookie Raimel Tapia stepped in for his first career start without missing a beat. Tapia, the team's No. 4 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles after getting a hit in his first and only at-bat Friday.
"He causes some havoc out there," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's a high-energy kid. He hits lefties, he hits righties, and that's been his track record. He's a tough out. He goes to that two-strike approach, and not many balls go by him. He's high-contact, and he sprays the ball from line to line. A little unorthodox, but he's a talented kid."
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"I felt like my velo's been up the whole second half really, but I feel good tonight. What stinks, the results weren't very good. I felt good, and I thought my stuff was good." -- Chatwood
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Goldschmidt extended his on-base streak against the Rockies to 50 games with a third-inning walk. That is the longest streak ever against Colorado.
The D-backs lost a manager's challenge in the breakout third inning when Sócrates Brito was ruled out on a close play at first with two outs. After a brief review, the call stood, with not enough video evidence to overturn or confirm the ruling on the field.
D-backs:Archie Bradley will make his second start of the year at Coors Field on Sunday afternoon (1:10 MST) in the finale of a three-game series. Bradley got a no-decision on June 24 when he held the Rockies to one run over five innings.
Rockies: Rookie right-hander Jon Gray (9-6, 4.41 ERA) will take on the D-backs for the first time this season at 2:10 p.m. MT on Sunday. He has limited his opponents to two runs over 12 innings in his last two starts, with 18 strikeouts and six walks.
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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Saturday.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.