Rockies blast Diamondbacks behind Brendan Rodgers, Connor Joe and Kris Bryant – Greeley Tribune

The fireworks began on Saturday night long before the sun set behind Coors Field.

Hotter than a habanero pepper, Brendan Rodgers hit a three-run home run in front of veteran Lefty Dallas Keuchel in the first inning, and Connor Joe lined a bases-loaded triple-to-right field in front of Keuchel in the fourth as the Rockies lit up the Diamondbacks, 11-7, in front of a sell-out crowd of 48,331.

Colorado’s pyrotechnics continued with a four-run sixth inning that buried the D-backs. Kris Bryant, going 3-for-5 and beginning to swing with more authority, drove a single to the left in one run, his first RBI since April 17.

Charlie Blackmon followed with a doubles in two heats, the 278th doubles of his career, putting him past former teammate Carlos Gonzalez and into sole possession of third place in franchise history. Todd Helton is #1 with 592 doubles, followed by Hall of Famer Larry Walker with 297.

CJ Cron’s only to flat midfield scored Blackmon to take Colorado’s lead to a comfortable six runs. Daulton Varsho’s homer in two runs ahead of Colorado right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in the ninth was responsible for the final runs of the game.

Rodgers homer was his eighth this season and he now has 40 RBIs. The second baseman is batting .354 (17 to 48) in his last 12 games with two homers, six doubles, two triples and 14 RBIs.

Rockie left-hander Austin Gomber, making his first start since June 15 after two tune-up appearances in the bullpen, was shaken up a bit but walked away with two outs in the sixth with a 7-4 lead. Gomber gave up four runs on six hits, with two walks and two home runs.

Christian Walker launched a leading homer in the second in front of Gomber. A leadoff triple from Cooper Hummel and an RBI single from Ketel Marte earned a D-Backs run in the fourth. In the sixth round, a leadoff double from Jake Hager and an RBI single cut Colorado’s lead to 7-3. Then Marte’s solo homer to the left cut Colorado’s lead to 7-4.

That was it for Gomber, who left with a 6.53 ERA. The D-Backs immediately cut the lead to 7-5 on Walker’s homer from the foul pole in left field to reliever Jake Bird’s 2-1 cutter.

The 34-year-old Keuchel, who made his career debut at Coors Field, was roasted for seven carries (six earned) on six hits in five innings. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award-winner with Houston, who signed a minor-league contract with Arizona on June 7, is struggling. He has an 8.27 ERA.

The Rockies, who are three games in a row of 17 games in 17 days, will be looking to win the three-game series against D-Backs on Sunday in Coors. They begin a seven-game road trip against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday. Rockies blast Diamondbacks behind Brendan Rodgers, Connor Joe and Kris Bryant – Greeley Tribune

James Brien

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