The Colorado Rockies have broken their franchise record for road victories in a season that continues to be confounding and amazing in equal parts. Coming off a brutal sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, they achieve this incredible feat with one of their best wins of the season.
Friday night's contest between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Rockies looked like a classic pitcher's duel from the get-go. The home team sent perennial All-Star and former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the hill and the visitors matched with German Marquez, who has been on an absolute tear in the second half and is threatening to break his club's all-time mark for strikeouts.
Both men were fantastic, matching each other over seven innings (7.1 for Greinke) and giving up two runs. Marquez, in particular, was brilliant, striking out 11 in the game to become only the third pitcher in franchise history (Ubaldo Jiminez, Pedro Astacio) to record 200 Ks in a season.
The offense, which has been stuck on the mud all road trip, rallied late against the Arizona bullpen to complete one of their best all-around wins of the season.
As is par for the course, the Diamondbacks took the lead in the first inning that continues to plague Rockies pitching. Jon Jay led the game off with a double over the head of Charlie Blackmon in center field. Marquez bounced back to strike out Eduardo Escobar but David Peralta turned on a fastball in the highest and tightest portion of the zone and launched it over the wall in right field for a two-run home run.
Marquez quickly settled in and would retire the next seven straight.