Cron’s 3-point HR lets Rockies edge past Diamondbacks 4-1

DENVER (AP) — CJ Cron hit a three-run home run, José Ureña gave up a run in 5 1/3 innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Cron’s 457-foot shot into center field off Madison Bumgarner (6-14) was his 28th homer of the season and fourth in the last seven games. It came a day after throwing a 504-foot blast into left field that was the second-longest homer since tracking began in 2015.

“I didn’t expect to get that pitch,” Cron said. “I was just trying to get the second and third place riders in. I kind of take pride in bringing the runners in when I can. I don’t think you want to throw the pitch here. Fortunately, he did.

Rockies reliever Justin Lawrence (3-1) threw 1 2/3 shutouts for the win. Daniel Bard threw a perfect ninth to make his 29th save of the season.

Ureña struck out five batters. It was the right-hander’s fourth straight start in which he failed to get out of the sixth inning, but he scored the fewest runs he had allowed in one outing since pitching six innings of shutout in a July 16 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“I just tried to go out and perform as I want,” Ureña said.

Colorado, which entered the night 19 games under .500 and 35 games out of first place in its division, is one win away from matching its season-long winning streak.

Bumgarner allowed just two hits in the first five innings, but allowed four hits and two walks in Colorado’s four-run sixth inning, which was capped by a sacrifice fly from Sean Bouchard that brought Brendan Rodgers home.

“He had good fastball control, good little cutter both sides of the plate, good low throws,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He also elevated fastballs. We broke through. We started to spread the ball a little bit. Cron’s big home run was obviously a back-breaker for Madison.

Arizona designated hitter Ketel Marte, who drove his team’s lone run, and manager Torey Lovullo were ejected in the seventh inning for opposing a called strike that Marte believed was too low.

It was the Diamondbacks’ fourth straight loss. Prior to their current slip, they had won nine of 11 games.


Rockies: Black said Jose Iglesias (right hand contusion) showed increased range of motion and decreased swelling, although the Colorado shortstop is still experiencing soreness. Iglesias can return as early as September 15.

“We won’t know until he actually has a bat in his hand and he sees where his grip strength is and sees how when he swings a bat, how the vibration of the ball hitting the bat done to that joint,” Black said. “We won’t know until we get to that point. But he feels better. »

Black said “it’s time” for Kris Bryant (left foot plantar fasciitis) to return to the court this season, but added that “I don’t know if that’s going to happen, though.” The left fielder, who hasn’t played a game since July 31, is out of a walking boot, lifts weights and plays catch, but hasn’t had a bat in his hands “for a while Black said.

Diamondbacks: Geraldo Perdomo collided with Ureña on a play at first base in the third inning as the Rockies pitcher attempted to register a forced out. Both players were picked up by the team’s coaches, but remained in the game.


Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (11-2, 2.42 ERA) will face Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (2-7, 5.85) on Sunday afternoon in the third and final game of the series.

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