Rockies swept Sunday by Arizona, see lead for second wild card spot slip
Godley helps D-backs beat Rockies 5-1 for 10th straight win
Pat Graham, Associated Press
The numbers pretty much go hand in hand: 79 straight innings the Arizona Diamondbacks have either led or been tied. Ten straight wins.
“It’s an impressive run and it says a lot about what we’re doing day by day,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “You don’t just win 10 games by accident.”
Ketel Marte and Brandon Drury homered in a three-run sixth to bolster a strong outing by Zack Godley and the Diamondbacks swept the Colorado Rockies with a 5-1 victory on Sunday.
This is the Diamondbacks’ longest winning streak since they captured a franchise-best 12 straight in 2003.
Godley (7-7) allowed three hits, walked six and struck out seven over six innings to help the Diamondbacks increase their lead over Colorado for the top NL wild-card spot to 6 1/2 games.
“It’s not the time for us to take our foot off the gas pedal,” Lovullo said.
For the slumping Rockies, another frustrating loss as they saw their lead over Milwaukee for the second wild card trimmed to just a half-game.
“It’s tough, but this is a resilient group,” said Colorado manager Bud Black, whose team was 2 for 30 in the three-game series with runners in scoring position. “We’ll see how we bounce back. But I’ve got all the faith in the world in these guys.”
Tied at 1 in the sixth, Marte lined a slider from German Marquez (10-6) over the fence in left for his first homer since July 29. Drury later followed with a two-run shot off Marquez, who allowed four runs over six innings and struck out nine.
Both teams rolled out unconventional lineups.
The Rockies didn’t start third baseman Nolan Arenado, first baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Ian Desmond. They also switched around the batting order, with usual leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon dropping to the No. 3 spot. Blackmon had a tying single in the fifth.
Arizona gave NL MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt the day off, along with outfielders A.J. Pollock and J.D. Martinez.
The Rockies had something brewing in the eighth after back-to-back singles. But reliever Jimmie Sherfy struck out three straight to quell the threat. He picked up the save with two scoreless innings.
The Diamondbacks were held scoreless in the first inning. That’s significant because it snapped a streak of leading after 52 consecutive innings dating to the third inning on Aug. 27 against the Giants. It was the third longest-streak since 1920, according to information provided by Arizona from STATS. Baltimore has the record of 55 innings set in 1983.
However, this streak marches on: The team has either had the lead or been tied for 79 straight innings, which began on Aug. 25. They started this winning streak a day earlier.
“We’re going to enjoy this day. We’re going to enjoy what we did in Colorado, and then get on that airplane and get ready for a really, really rugged series down in LA,” Lovullo said. “We’re going to turn the page as quick as possible.”