After a brutal five game losing streak at home, the Colorado Rockies got back on track tonight in Phoenix behind four home runs and another stellar performance by Tyler Chatwood. The end result of the dominating all around performance was a 9-0 victory.
The Rockies scored first for the first time in over a week when Ryan Raburn and Nick Hundley hit a pair of solo home runs off Arizona starter Robbie Ray in the top of the fourth inning.
An inning later, Charlie Blackmon led off with a single before the fireworks began again. Trevor Story hit the first pitch he saw deep into the bleachers in left-center field to put the Rockies up 4-0. It was his second home run in as many games, his fifth at Chase Field this season, and his 10th overall. It gave him the National League lead by himself for about three minutes.
Before Story's teammates had finished congratulating him, Nolan Arenado hit a towering fly ball down the left field line that got into the seats and tied him for the league lead, chasing Ray in the process.
Any one of those home runs on its own would have been enough for Tyler Chatwood, who worked through 6 1/3 scoreless innings; throwing 106 pitches in the process. He struck out four and walked three en route to his third victory of the season. In 19 2/3 innings on the road so far this season, Chatwood has allowed just one earned run.
In the eighth, Colorado added to the lead as Gerardo Parra doubled home Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley brought in Parra and Ryan Raburn with a double of his own down the left field line that made it 8-0. In the ninth, Tony Wolters broke an 0-for-18 slump with a double and Parra hit another double to deep center field to drive him in.
Gonzalez Germen came on in relief of Chatwood in the seventh and got the last two outs. Justin Miller worked a scoreless eighth and Scott Oberg locked it down in the ninth, giving the Rockies their second shutout on the road this season.
It was one of those rare, glorious nights when almost everyone who put on a Rockies uniform contributed. There were too many good performances to single out.
Chase Field, normally a house of horrors for the Rockies, has been kind to them so far this year, and tonight's win gave them a 3-1 record in the desert in 2016. They'll try to better that mark tomorrow evening at 6:10 MDT when Chris Rusin makes his first start of the season against Zack Greinke. One of those pitchers has an ERA of 6.16 so far this season. The other one is Chris Rusin.