Bettis and bullpen strong as Rockies sweep

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The Rockies finished off the sweep on Sunday afternoon behind a strong performance from Chad Bettis and the bullpen. The final score of the game was 6-3 and it capped off a series in which the Rockies pitchers allowed only five total runs.

Chad Bettis kept the Rockies strong starting performances going as he went 6+ innings and allowed three runs. Bettis did allow nine hits over his six innings, but he managed to limit any damage the Diamondbacks could put up.

The scoring started in the bottom of the first. With one out and nobody on, the Dbacks hottest hitter of late, Brandon Drury, struck again. Drury hit his second home run of the series and gave Arizona the early lead.

The lead wouldn’t last for long as the Rockies started to threaten in the fourth. A single by Carlos Gonzalez and a passed ball that put him at second gave Nolan Arenado the chance to tie the game up. He did just that with a single to right. A single by DJ LeMahieu put two on for Ben Paulsen. Paulsen singled a ball up the middle to score Nolan and give the Rockies the lead. Arizona starter Shelby Miller would get Tony Wolters out to get to two outs on the inning. Following that however was two straight walks, the second coming from Charlie Blackmon and drove in a run. That would be the end of Miller’s day as he managed to go only 3.2 innings.

The Rockies would add another run in the next inning via a Gerrardo Parra home run. From there, Bettis kept the Diamondbacks off the board again until the sixth.

Four singles in the inning would give the Diamondbacks two more runs, putting the score at 4-3 for the Rockies. Four runs isn’t always enough to give the Rockies the win, but today it was just enough. Nolan Arenado would add some insurance in the 7th with his league leading 11th home run, a two-run shot down the line.

The Rockies bullpen was strong to finish the game as a crew of Justin Miller, Boone Logan, Carlos Estevez, Chad Qualls, and Jake McGee would finish it out, allowing two hits and no runs over the final three innings. McGee was strong in the ninth despite some men on base and earned his sixth save of the year.

This was a great series sweep for the Rockies that got them back to the winning ways after losing five straight. They head to San Diego for their first games against the Padres on Monday and will hopefully keep their win streak going.

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