Eduardo Escobar was homer of three of his three hits as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night
PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks are on a winning streak.
Arizona won its second straight game on Wednesday night with a 6-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.
The Diamondbacks, who own the worst record in the Majors at 25–63, last won consecutive games on May 10–11, when they defeated the Miami Marlins in back-to-back games.
“We won a series,” said manager Torre Lovulo. “We haven’t won a series, I don’t know how long. We won two games in a row. I don’t know how long it’s been. I’m happy for these guys.”
Eduardo Escobar, the Diamondbacks’ only All-Star Game representative, had three hits, including a three-run homer that opened the game 3–1 at the bottom of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Stuart Fairchild led with a single, right fielder Josh Rojas and Escobar hit Colorado reliever Tyler Kinley to hit his team’s leading 19th home run in the right field bleachers.
“It was a high fastball, 95 mph at the top of the field,” said Colorado manager Bud Black. “We have seen Escobar swing on that pitch. He’s a really good low-ball hitter, but he got on top of him and knocked him out of the ballpark. “
For Arizona, reliever Matt Peacock (3-6) won with one run in three innings. Colorado starter Antonio Senzatella (2-8) lost the match.
“You win, everything is different,” said Escobar. “I know it’s really hard… a lot of people are talking about our bad year, but I still love my team.”
Assisted by two errors from Arizona, the Rockies scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ryan McMahon had an RBI double, and CJ Cron added an RBI single.
Arizona close Joaquim Soria scored in ninth for his second defense.
The Diamondbacks took a 3–0 lead at the bottom of the second innings on RBI singles by shortstop Nick Ahmed and catcher Dolton Varshaw, and a sacrificial fly by starting pitcher Humberto Castellanos.
Castellanos made his debut for Arizona after six relief appearances and threw four shutout innings, allowing four hits. He was raised to a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth after throwing a season-high 60 pitches.
“He did a great job giving us four innings,” Lovulo said.
Senztela conceded seven hits and three earned runs in six innings. He scored five runs.
“He got three runs, but then he stopped them,” Black said. “There are three runs in six innings of baseball, many times the team gets a “W,” but not tonight.”
McMahon had three hits for Colorado, 2 for 7 with the runners in the scoring position.
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Fairchild’s seventh inning single was his first major league hit. He was called from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
Rockies: P Austin Gomber (Cell) threw a bullpen session before Wednesday’s game and will pitch in a mock game on Saturday. Black said that at that time the team would determine whether Gomber would go out on rehab work…P Jordan Sheffield (Flexor Strain) has not taken up baseball yet, but Black said he expects Sheffield to return to someone in August. Time can take a mound.
Diamondbacks: P Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. Bumgarner is scheduled to start another rehab if he comes out of the bullpen session well, said Lovulo…P Zack Gallen (hamstrings) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session and another bullpen on Saturday The session would throw, barring any setbacks… of Cole Calhoun (hamstring) who batted “four to five” in the Arizona League on Tuesday, Lavullo said.
Rockies RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-5, 5.52) will take to the mound for a three-match series finale against Diamondbacks RHP Jake Faria (0-0, 5.25) on Thursday.
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