DENVER -- Zack Godley pitched like a veteran in his first career start at Coors Field as the D-backs took the rubber game, 10-3, from the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. After a Charlie Blackmon solo home run to lead off the first, Godley settled in to keep the Rockies off
DENVER -- Zack Godley pitched like a veteran in his first career start at Coors Field as the D-backs took the rubber game, 10-3, from the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. After a Charlie Blackmon solo home run to lead off the first, Godley settled in to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard again until the eighth.
The win wrapped a 7-1 road trip for the D-backs, who moved into a virtual tie with the Rockies for second place in the National League West, one game behind the Dodgers.
Godley at one point retired 13 straight batters and 19 of 20 following Blackmon's homer. Following Nolan Arenado's one-out single in the opening frame, the Rockies' only baserunner until the eighth came on a Blackmon walk in the third. Raimel Tapia ended Godley's streak with an infield single, sparking a two-run frame for the Rockies.
"We came in here and did what we needed to do, more for ourselves than anybody else," Godley said. "It showed that we're playing good ball. We're swinging the bats well and we're throwing the ball well so we'll just keep trying carry that over into the next day."
Godley pitched into the eighth inning for just the second time in his career, the first coming on Aug. 17, 2016, against the Mets. He had completed seven innings twice earlier this season.
Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela was not as fortunate, bucking the season-long trend of his success at Coors Field. Thursday was the Rockies' second loss in Senzatela's nine home starts, and the D-backs' nine runs and eight hits were the most against Senzatela in his young career.
"My fastball command was not there -- it was a bad day for me," Senzatela said.
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Golden again: D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continued his domination of the Rockies on Thursday, launching a three-run home run in the fourth inning and going 3-for-5 overall with four RBIs. That blast proved the backbreaker for Senzatela, who allowed nine runs, though he completed five innings. Goldschmidt's .771 slugging percentage against the Rockies is higher than his mark against any other National League team.
"I think that's something that we've done all year long where we start to sense that there's a rhythm to the day and that there's more than just one run sitting out there," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "Our guys take advantage of those moments. It's a credit to them, their preparation and their mind-set."
Nolan (surprisingly) can't get rollin': Though the game seemed to be out of hand, the Rockies had a chance to claw back in the bottom of the eighth when Arenado came up to bat with men on first and second. Two runs had already scored in the inning, and the at-bat echoed of Arenado striking a go-ahead triple off the right-field wall in the Rockies' 4-3 series-opening win Tuesday. However, Arenado lined a 3-2 pitch right to shortstop Nick Ahmed, ending the inning and potential rally.
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Arizona posted an .875 winning percentage on its 7-1 road trip, which also included stops in Detroit and Philadelphia -- the highest in franchise history over a three-city trip.
Blackmon's first-inning home run was the lowest pitch hit for a homer this season, according to Statcast™, and second-lowest since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015. Blackmon's homer came on a Godley curveball that was just 0.84 feet off the ground.
D-backs: The D-backs open a 10-game homestand Friday night against the Phillies. Patrick Corbin will get the start for Arizona and the left-hander will be facing the Phils for the second straight start. Last time out he got the win and allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings.
Rockies: The Rockies will begin a three-game series at the Dodgers on Friday, with the opener scheduled for 8:10 p.m. MT. Left-handed rookie Kyle Freeland (8-4, 3.42 ERA) pitches for the Rockies, while the Dodgers counter with LHP Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90 ERA).
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Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver who covered the Rockies on Thursday.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.