D-backs earn series victory over Rox in slugfest

D-backs earn series victory over Rox in slugfest

D-backs earn series victory over Rox in slugfest

DENVER -- In keeping with tradition, the D-backs rookies were forced to dress up for the team's final road trip of the year.

The rookies wore superhero costumes to breakfast in downtown Denver and then walked to the ballpark.

"Hopefully, they act like superheroes on the field," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said before the game.

That they did as four of the rookies combined to drive in nine runs as the D-backs rolled by the Rockies, 13-9, on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

With the win, the D-backs take two of three games and now head to San Diego for their final four road games of the year.

Matt Davidson, who dressed as Robin, was the leader among the rookies going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBIs.

Chris Owings, who dressed as Catwoman, was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.

Adam Eaton, he of the Wonderman outfit, also drove in a pair of runs while A.J. Pollock, aka The Green Lantern, added an RBI of his own.

All the offense helped the D-backs overcome an uncharacteristic short start by Patrick Corbin.

The game had the feel of a pre-humidor game at Coors Field as the two teams combined for 38 hits.

"The ball was flying around again," Gibson said.

The D-backs jumped on Rockies starter Juan Nicasio early, scoring four times in the second inning thanks to an RBI double by Gerardo Parra, a two-run double by Owings and a bunt single by Eaton that scored a runner from third.

One inning later, the D-backs bumped their lead up to 7-0 as Paul Goldschmidt and Davidson doubled home runs while Parra singled home one of his own.

Davidson has three homers and 11 RBIs since being called up from Triple-A Reno earlier this month.

"Just keep in the same game as it was in the Minor Leagues," Davidson said of his mindset. "And no matter the situation, just take the same approach and that's what I've been doing, so that's why I've been having success."

That is usually more than enough runs for Corbin, the D-backs' All-Star left-hander, but the Rockies were able to creep back into the game against him.

Michael Cuddyer got the Rockies on the board in the third with an RBI single and one inning later, Yorvit Torrealba drove home one of his own to cut the lead to 7-2.

The Rockies chased Corbin from the game in the fifth when Todd Helton's double to right scored a pair of runs to bring Colorado to within 7-4.

"I left some breaking balls up today, I thought it was my worst all year," Corbin said. "I felt pretty good with my fastball command. I thought some hits that they got kind of fell in."

Corbin allowed 10 hits and walked two while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings.

"My slider is not as sharp right now," Corbin said. "I know that and I'm just not as consistent with it. I don't know why."

The outing is sure to reignite the talk of Corbin maybe being tired having throwing a career-high 203 1/3 innings this year. Given the fact that the two teams combined for 38 hits, it's hard to single out Corbin.

"Every pitcher that went out there, it wasn't just Corbin," Gibson said. "He just doesn't have a lot of life on his pitches right now."

The D-backs didn't relent on offense in the ninth, adding five runs. Three of those came on a homer off the bat of Davidson.

"Just tried to keep a good approach and not try to do too much and he just hung a slider and I got it up in the elevation," Davidson said.

The extra offense came in handy as the Rockies managed to score four runs in the ninth off the D-backs bullpen and had the tying run on deck before closer Brad Ziegler recorded the final out.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.