Fly balls were landing beyond the playing surface on a regular basis Monday night, 8 of them as a matter of fact, but the Colorado Rockies had most of them, and beat-up on Chris Anderson (3-2, 3.54) and the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-5 at Coors Field in Denver. Kyle Kendrick (3-9, 5.96) went 6 innings and got the victory, his first at Coors as a Rockie, and Nolan Arenado homered twice for 4 RBI as Colorado won its third straight.
The Diamondbacks struck early, taking Kendrick deep twice in the top of the second, a 2-run shot by Wellington Castillo and a solo job by Nick Ahmed. The Rockies answered in the bottom of the inning, getting a run on a Wilin Rosario double and Nick Hundley single. Colorado crept a run closer in the 4th when Arenado led-off with a moon shot into the left-field pavilion, but AJ Pollock matched that shot with one of his own in the top of the 5th, bringing the Rockies to bat trailing 4-2.
Brandon Barnes led-off with a single and Kendrick sacrificed him to 2nd. Charlie Blackmon cued a double down the left-field line just out of the reach of left-fielder David Peralta to score Barnes, then DJ LeMahieu worked Anderson for a walk, seeing 9 pitches after falling behind 0-2, and it was clear Colorado was getting the measure on Anderson, but Arizona had no one ready. Troy Tulowitzki singled to tie the score, then Arenado worked Anderson to 2-1 before depositing a curve ball a couple rows deep in left-center. Anderson got Ben Paulsen to line out to center-fielder Pollock, then Rosario bested Arenado’s 4th inning rainbow with one of his own, WAY up onto the pavilion, also in left-center, and the Rockies were suddenly ahead, 8-4.
Kendrick worked his way through the 6th. He threw 82 pitches, 53 strikes, and surrendered the 4 runs on 8 hits. Scott Oberg handled the 7th, and LeMahieu made it 9-5 with a solo number off Randall Delgado heading into the 8th. Tommy Kahnle gave that run back on consecutive singles and a ground ball by Paul Goldschmidt, Peralta, and Aaron Hill, but Barnes answered with his first big fly of 2015. LaTroy Hawkins worked through one-out singles by pinch hitter Cliff Pennington and Pollock to close things out for Colorado.
Game 2 of the 3-game set is tonight, back out at the ball yard in lower downtown. Allen Webster gets the call for the Dbacks against the Rockies’ David Hale. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 MDT.