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Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick & Prediction MAY 8TH 2022

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Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black wanted his lineup to be more aggressive yet also more selective at the plate on Saturday after his team was subdued a night earlier by Arizona Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly in Phoenix.

The Rockies had more strikeouts (eight) than hits (seven) against Kelly in a 4-1 loss.

Black got what he wanted Saturday but things looked bleak again going to the ninth inning.

Colorado faced the prospect of its sixth straight road loss with another scoring shortage against the Diamondbacks, trailing 1-0 with two outs in the ninth.

That's when Colorado rallied for four runs against Arizona closer Mark Melancon, who blew the save by allowing consecutive run-scoring singles to Yonathon Daza, Jose Iglesias and Connor Joe as part of a four-run rally in the 4-1 win.

"We have been aggressive, which at times can be really advantageous," Black said. "You are on the attack as an offense, and you find, a lot of times, good pitchers throw first-pitch strikes. So be ready to hit.

"But at times that can work against you. Temper that aggressiveness with truly making sure you are swinging at good pitches to hit."

The upstart Diamondbacks, buoyed by their starting pitching, must feel snakebitten after coming so close to reaching their fifth straight win -- a feat they did not achieve last season.

"We played well enough to win but I think we could have done more to make it a little bit easier on ourselves," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've gotta regroup and come out tomorrow ready."

Right-hander Zac Gallen, one of three Arizona starters with an ERA of 1.50 or less, will start Sunday against Colorado right-hander German Marquez (0-2, 6.92 ERA) in the rubber match of the three-game series.

Gallen (1-0, 1.27) does not qualify to be among the National League ERA leaders because he has pitched 21 1/3 innings in Arizona's 28 games (a pitcher must pitch at least one inning per number of games played by his team to be rated among the leaders).

Kelly has an ERA of 1.22 in 37 innings. Madison Bumgarner has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings.

Gallen is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in seven career starts against the Rockies.

Marquez has faced the Diamondbacks 19 times, including 18 starts, in his career and is 5-5 with a 3.98 ERA.

Lovullo was impressed by Saturday's starter, Zach Davies, who allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out six and walking two.

"Zach Davies was fantastic for six and a third and it's the first time he's been over 100 pitches," said Lovullo of Davies, who had 104 pitches. "His pitch count ran up and we turned it over to the bullpen. They did a really nice job and handed it off Mark. But we'll get them (Sunday)."

Colorado's Kyle Freeland was equally impressive as Davies on Saturday with five strikeouts and two walks in six scoreless innings while scattering five hits.

--Field Level Media

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Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Recap MAY 8TH 2022

Zac Gallen pitched seven shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 0.95 in five starts this season, to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0 on Sunday in Phoenix.

Gallen (2-0) allowed five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. He retired the last eight batters he faced and did not allow a runner past second base after the first inning.

Relievers Noe Ramirez and Joe Mantiply did not allow a hit or walk in the last two innings. Ramirez struck out the first batter in the ninth, and Mantiply struck out the last two batters.

Arizona, victorious in nine of its past 12 games, won two of three against the Rockies behind starting pitchers Merrill Kelly, Zach Davies and Gallen. They combined to allow only one earned run in 22 innings, with 15 hits allowed, four walks and 21 strikeouts.

Gallen has issued only four walks in 28 1/3 innings this season while posting 26 strikeouts.

The Diamondbacks' No. 1 prospect, center fielder Alek Thomas, made his major-league debut and got his first career hit in the fifth inning. He doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by fellow rookie Jose Herrera, a catcher.

After designated hitter Cooper Hummel -- another rookie -- reached on a walk, Colorado starter German Marquez (0-3) tried to pick Hummel off at first base but committed a throwing error.

Thomas ran home to put Arizona ahead 4-0.

Colorado had its lone scoring threat against Gallen in the first inning after Yonathan Daza singled and Charlie Blackmon doubled with one out. They were left stranded after Gallen struck out C.J. Cron and got Ryan McMahon to ground out.

After Arizona was retired in order in the first inning, the Diamondbacks rallied for three runs in the second after Ketel Marte doubled off Marquez.

Geraldo Perdomo then walked, and Nick Ahmed followed with a single that scored Marte and moved Perdomo to second.

With two outs, Herrera recorded his first career RBIs with a double that brought home Perdomo and Ahmed to put Arizona ahead 3-0.

Marte went 3 for 4 with a run to improve his batting average to .206.

--Field Level Media

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