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Colorado Rockies sweep Arizona Diamondbacks with 6-3 win behind Nolan Arenado and Chad Bettis

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The Colorado Rockies continue to play great baseball on the road in 2016.

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The Colorado Rockies completed their first road sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks since July 23-25, 2004 with a 6-3 win on Sunday afternoon.

Rockies' starter Chad Bettis put together another quality start, his fourth in six starts on the year, after allowing three runs on nine hits in six plus innings. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter on the way to his third win of the season.

A Brandon Drury solo home run in the first inning gave the D-Backs an early 1-0 lead, but after that Bettis settled in and shut down the fourth-place Diamondbacks over the next four innings to give the offense a chance to get going.

After being held hitless through the first three innings, the offense did just that. Four singles and two walks led to three runs off D-Backs starter Shelby Miller. He was pulled after allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits and four walks in just 3⅔ innings and saw his ERA raise to an unsightly 8.49 on the year. A Gerardo Parra home run the following inning made it 4-1.

In the sixth inning, Arizona answered back with a quartet of singles of their own to cut the lead to 4-3. Yasmany Tomas, however, was stranded at third as the Rockies maintained a slim lead. That score held for all of three batters until Nolan Arenado's league-leading 11th home run of the season pushed the Rockies' lead back out to 6-3 in the seventh inning.

The D-Backs tried to battle back in the bottom of the seventh after two singles and an unintentional intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt loaded the bases with one out, but a pair of huge strikeouts by relievers Boone Logan and Carlos Estevez got the Rockies out of the inning unscathed. It was a particularly big moment for Estevez, who came back in a big spot after allowing a home run on Saturday.

Chad Qualls and Jake McGee each pitched scoreless innings to close out the win for the Rockies. They improved to 12-12 on the season while the D-Backs fell to a disappointing 12-15.

The Rockies continue a 10-game road trip on Monday night against the San Diego Padres. Jon Gray and his bad luck will take the ball against James Shields for the Padres.

Game Notes:

- Nolan Arenado had his 16th 3+ RBI game since the beginning of the 2015 season, tying Josh Donaldson, Chris Davis, and Yoenis Cespedes for the most such games in baseball over that stretch.

- Trevor Story's 39 strikeouts are tied with Justin Upton for the most in the Major Leagues.