The D-backs became the second team in postseason history to triple at least four times in a game, matching the Boston Americans -- who tripled five times twice in 1903 -- with A.J. Pollock's triple into the right-center gap. The three-base hit brought home two against Rockies closer Greg Holland in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jeff Mathis followed with a run-scoring bunt single to give the D-backs an 11-7 lead.
8:15 p.m. MST: Rox go back-to-back
D-backs reliever Archie Bradley, who hit a two-run triple the previous half-inning, surrendered back-to-back home runs to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to cut Arizona's lead to 8-7 in the eighth inning. No current Rockies player had ever hit a homer off Bradley, but the solo shots were each scalded at more than 104 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™. It was the second time in club history the Rockies launched back-to-back homers in the postseason. Bradley had allowed just one homer in his last 47 games dating back to May 31. Pat Valaika put the tying run in scoring position, but Bradley escaped with the lead intact.
8:03 p.m. MST: Bradley has a blast
Arizona's third triple of the night was its most spectacular. With a pair of runners on and two outs, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo elected to keep Bradley in to hit for himself in the seventh of a one-run game. Bradley, who went 1-for-4 at the plate this year, tripled into the gap to bring home a pair of runs and build an 8-5 lead. The D-backs became the first team to triple thrice in a game since the Phillies in Game 3 of the 1993 World Series. Bradley became the first pitcher since Dontrelle Willis in Game 4 of the 2003 NL Division Series to triple in a game, and the first relief pitcher to ever hit a postseason triple. More >>
Rockies manager Bud Black made a gutsy call with a runner on third and one out in the seventh inning, electing to have NL MVP candidate Charlie Blackmon push a bunt to bring home a run and cut the D-backs' lead to 6-5. Blackmon executed it perfectly, and nearly beat the throw with a home-to-first time of 3.61 seconds -- his fastest time since Statcast™ began in 2015.
Ketel Marte's second triple of the night made him the first player since the Phillies' Mariano Duncan in 1993 to do so in a postseason game. Marte also became the first player in postseason history to triple from both sides of the plate in the same game. After recording the fastest triple of the season for the D-backs in his second at-bat, Marte topped it in the fourth inning by going from home to third base in 11.1 seconds, according to Statcast™. He was stranded at third, however, and the D-backs' lead stayed at 6-4. More >>
The Rockies broke through against Zack Greinke in the fourth inning, cutting Arizona's lead to 6-4 with the aid of two former D-backs. Gerardo Parra's one-out single snapped a 1-for-28 skid to open the scoring for Colorado. Mark Reynolds, the only player on either side when these clubs last squared off in the postseason in 2007, followed with an RBI groundout. Greinke's former teammate with Milwaukee, Jonathan Lucroy, doubled in a run. Colorado finished with four runs, knocking Greinke out of the game.
6:18 p.m. MST: Descalso burns former team
Lovullo called it a "no-brainer" to start former World Series champion Daniel Descalso at second base tonight. It paid off in the third inning. Descalso, who played for Colorado from 2015-16, turned on an 88-mph cutter from Tyler Anderson and drove it a projected 403 feet at 100.2 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™. The two-run blast gave the D-backs a 6-0 lead.
5:54 p.m. MST: Speedy Marte
Marte knocked Jon Gray out of the game with one out in the second inning with a standup triple to the gap in right-center. Carlos Gonzalez couldn't make the grab on the triple, which had a catch probability of 6 percent, according to Statcast™. With an average sprint speed of 29.1 feet/second, Marte was able to get from first to third base in 11.26 seconds -- the fastest triple recorded by a D-backs player in 2017.
Shortest start of #Rockies RHP Jon Gray, 1 1/3 innings. Shortest previous was Aug. 21, 2015, 1 2/3 vs. #Mets
Paul Goldschmidt opens the game with a bang, snapping an 0-for-11 career mark against Gray by hitting a three-run homer to left. The shot, which had an exit velocity of 99.8 mph according to Statcast™, was a moonshot that hung in the air for 6 seconds with a launch angle of 39 degrees before touching down a projected 384 feet from home plate. More >>