Goldschmidt homers twice, Dbacks beat Rockies 9-4
DENVER — Paul Goldschmidt continued his sizzling June with two long home runs and a double, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Friday night.
Jake Lamb and David Peralta also homered, and Zack Greinke (5-4) tossed 5 2/3 innings and had an RBI single for Arizona.
Goldschmidt had just 14 hits in May, batting .144 in 27 games, but has already collected 13 hits in seven games this month. He hit three doubles in Wednesday’s loss at San Francisco and had another in the first inning Friday, scoring Arizona’s first run.
He added a two-run homer in the third, an estimated 438-foot shot to center field that gave Arizona a 3-1 lead. He topped that with a 439-foot bomb to center leading off the ninth for his first multi-home run game of the season and 13th of his career.
Goldschmidt’s first blast was one of three homers German Marquez (4-6) allowed in the third. One pitch after Goldschmidt’s drive, Lamb went deep down the right-field line. One out later, Peralta homered into the Colorado bullpen to extend Arizona’s lead to 5-1.
It was the first time a Colorado pitcher has allowed three home runs in the same inning since Scott Oberg did it on April 19, 2015, at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Homers by Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story — a two-run shot to center — in the fifth inning got the Rockies within 5-4, but Greinke gave himself a cushion with with an RBI single in the sixth. Arizona scored two more in the eighth.
Jon Jay, acquired from Kansas City on Wednesday, went 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored in his Diamondbacks debut.
Diamondbacks: OF Steven Souza Jr. (right pectoral strain) will take live at-bats against injured starters Robbie Ray (strained right oblique) and Jorge De La Rosa (right Achilles bursitis) on Saturday, manager Torey Lovullo said. … A.J. Pollock (fractured thumb) is doing some running and lower-body work. … RHP Shelby Miller (Tommy John surgery) will throw 85-90 pitches for Double-A Jackson on Sunday.
Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left rhomboid strain, and RHP Jeff Hoffman was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Arizona will start RHP Matt Koch (4-3, 3.76) against Colorado RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 4.02) in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday.
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