PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks lost the first two games and saw their NL wild card lead dwindle to three games.
The slipup could have made the Diamondbacks tense, led to their cushion becoming even smaller.
Instead, Arizona went got back to its good-pitching, big-hitting ways for two decisive victories and a larger wild-card lead.
A.J. Pollock had four RBIs for the second straight day, J.D. Martinez homered for the 10th time in 11 games and the Diamondbacks extended their NL wild-card lead to five games with a 7-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
“After the first two games, we could have flat-lined, we could have caved, but these guys don’t do that type of stuff,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “They went out there and executed yesterday. They executed today.”
Zack Godley (8-7) pitched eight sharp innings as Arizona opened a comfortable edge over Colorado for the top wild-card spot with 15 games left. The Rockies lead Milwaukee and St. Louis by 2 1/2 games for the final wild-card slot.
“We’re frustrated because we won six in a row on this trip, and you’d like to really finish it off with a bang,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Pollock drove in four runs in an 8-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday and he added three more with a double in Arizona’s five-run first inning against Chad Bettis (1-3). He had a run-scoring single in the fifth to become the sixth…
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