Apr 6, 2014 12:14 AM by Posted by Greg Smith
DENVER -- After a dominant home opener Friday night, the Rockies had to work for it Saturday, trailing for the first three frames as their ace struggled to hold down the D-backs. The Rockies fought their way back, however, coming back to take a 9-4 win and secure their first series victory this year with a chance at their first sweep Sunday.
The Rockies showed a resilience they will need to own Coors Field again, battling back from a 4-0 deficit with five unanswered runs over three innings. They made up ground in a hurry as Michael Cuddyer slammed his second home run of the season into the Rockies' right-field bullpen, driving in two runs, and Nolan Arenado knocked his first round-tripper of the season off center fielder A.J. Pollock's glove and into the pines to pull the Rockies within one.
Opening Day starter Jorge De La Rosa looked strong out of the gate, dispensing the first two batters he faced en route to striking out the side in the first. But between the second and third strikeout, De La Rosa walked two and gave up a run-scoring double to Martin Prado, needing 42 pitches to get out of the inning and setting the tone for an inefficient outing.
The Rockies' starter yielded only four hits on the night, but he lasted only 4 1/3 innings, adding two more walks and a two-run homer to his line before exiting in the fifth inning with a pitch count of 101.
The D-backs got an unearned run in the second when Chris Owings beat out an infield single to shortstop Charlie Culberson, stole second, and scored as D-backs starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy reached on Justin Morneau's error at first base, letting a routine grounder get past him and onto the outfield grass.
De La Rosa gave up another infield single in the third, then watched Mark Trumbo drive a ball into the right-field seats for a four-run lead on the D-backs' fourth hit. The Rockies' ace rebounded with a one-two-three fourth, but he turned the game over to the bullpen after breaking the 100-pitch plateau.
Charlie Blackmon helped the Rockies claim the lead as he sparked a two-out rally in the fifth with his second of three hits on the night, an infield single to shortstop Owings. Blackmon stole second and scored on a base hit from DJ LeMahieu to tie the game, and LeMahieu scored from first on a subsequent single to right from Carlos Gonzalez, sliding in safe on a close play at the plate that left catcher Miguel Montero empty handed as he dropped the ball making the tag.
Arenado gave the Rockies some insurance in the sixth with his second homer of the night -- a solo shot to left that gave the Gold Glove third baseman his first multi-homer game of his career. The Rockies added on in the seventh with LeMahieu hitting a sacrifice fly to score pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes while doubling up Blackmon after Pollock chased the ball down to the fence and relayed to first for the double play. Colorado would then score twice more in the eighth.
Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino provided scoreless relief as the Rockies held on for their second consecutive win.