Rockies at Diamondbacks
The Colorado Rockies are charging hard toward the top wild-card spot in the National League and can cut their deficit to two games when they visit the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday for the third contest of their four-game series. Colorado entered the set trailing wild card-leading Arizona by five games but captured the first two matchups to extend its winning streak to six.
The Rockies came away with a 4-2 triumph on Tuesday as Carlos Gonzalez completed a two-homer performance by snapping a tie with his second two-run shot of the night in the seventh inning. Gonzalez has collected 11 RBIs over his last 10 games for Colorado, which has won eight straight on the road and is 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the second wild-card spot. J.D. Martinez went deep for the Diamondbacks, who fell to 1-4 on their seven-game homestand. The reigning NL Player of the Week posted his fourth consecutive multi-hit effort on Tuesday and is 20-for-44 with nine blasts and 18 RBIs in 10 games this month.
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado), FSN Arizona
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (10-6, 4.27 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (13-12, 4.16)
Marquez is seeking his first win in five starts after giving up four runs - two earned - and six hits in four innings of a no-decision against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday. The 22-year-old Venezuelan has not been victorious since Aug. 18, when he topped Milwaukee despite yielding four runs and seven hits - three homers - in 5 2/3 frames. Marquez has yet to defeat Arizona this season, going 0-2 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts.
Corbin had his five-start winning streak snapped in a big way on Friday as he was tagged for eight runs on 11 hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to San Diego. The 28-year-old New Yorker had been stellar during his run of success, allowing a total of two earned runs in 35 2/3 frames. Corbin owns a 5.02 ERA against the Rockies in 16 career appearances (15 starts) but a 6-3 record after giving up two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win at Colorado on Sept. 2.
1. Martinez's homer on Tuesday was his 38th of the season, matching the career high he set in 2015 with Detroit.
2. Colorado 2B DJ LeMahieu is 6-for-13 over his last three games and has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 contests.
3. Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt is two homers shy of tying his career high of 36, which he set in 2013.