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Tyler Anderson gave the Rockies his best start of the year, getting through the sixth inning for the first time while allowing only a run. Along with Anderson’s quality start, he struck out 10 and earned his easiest win of the year, giving the Rockies the chance to win the series on Sunday.
Behind Anderson, the Rockies got to Dbacks starter Patrick Corbin. While Corbin has had success against the Rockies at home, he has not had that same success at 20th and Blake. Corbin got through only four innings while allowing nine hits and eight runs, all earned. It shot his ERA up over a point and gave him his fourth loss on the year.
The Rockies started scoring early with the first three batters recording hits. Blackmon led off with a double and LeMahieu followed that up with a hard single to right, too hard for Blackmon to score on. Arenado then laced a single of his own to center that Blackmon would score on. LeMahieu then scored on a wild pitch with Mark Reynolds batting. Reynolds, who has been the Rockies leading offensive producer, continued that on Saturday hitting his 10th home run of the year and earning his 25th and 26th RBI.
That four run first would be all the Rockies would need to win, but they would get plenty more in the game, with every starter besides Anderson recording a hit. Blackmon and LeMahieu would both record three knocks atop the order and Arenado and Hanigan would record two hits each. The Rockies finished with 14 total hits doubling Arizona’s hit total on the night.
The Rockies, with the win, tied the series up and give themselves a chance to win it on Sunday afternoon. Tyler Chatwood faces Taijuan Walker in the series finale in a battle of righties. Chatwood has still struggled at home, but hopefully he can replicate what Anderson gave the Rockies on Saturday. Taijuan Walker has had recent success, but he has never been to Coors field to face the Rockies, so hopefully that bodes will for the Colorado team.