Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 25, 2012
Joe Saunders scattered three hits over seven strong innings and Chris Young homered to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Stephen Drew and Willie Bloomquist added RBI doubles and Miguel Montero had a two-run single for the Diamondbacks, winners of eight in a row at home. Young also singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored a pair of runs. Saunders (5-6) allowed only a single to reliever Josh Roenicke in the fifth and solo home runs to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth and sixth en route to his first win since June 10. Saunders struck out nine and walked one. Edwar Cabrera (0-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier on Tuesday, lasted only 3 1-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. Colorado has lost three straight and six of seven. Cuddyer's first homer gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead. He pulled the Rockies 4-2 with his second long ball. The Diamondbacks answered in the bottom of the fourth when Young walked, stole second and scored on a double by Drew. Bloomquist followed with a ground-rule double that scored Drew for a 2-1 lead. Young's fifth-inning home run just over the Diamondbacks' left field bullpen made it 4-1. Montero lined a two-run single to right in the seventh to extend the Diamondbacks' lead to 6-2. NOTES: Saunders' nine strikeouts matched a career high. . During the game, the Diamondbacks traded 3B Ryan Roberts to Tampa Bay for minor league INF Tyler Bortnick. Roberts, who hit .252 with six homers and 33 RBIs in 82 games this season, had been designated for assignment earlier Tuesday. . The Diamondbacks also activated INF John McDonald from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. . The Diamondbacks' home winning streak is their longest since winning eight straight over the end of the 2008 season and beginning of 2009. . Cuddyer's two-homer game was the eighth of his career and his second this season. . In his only other major league start, Cabrera gave up seven runs - five earned - on five hits and three walks in 2 1-3 innings on June 27 against Washington. . LHP Jeff Francis will take the mound on Wednesday for Colorado against Arizona RHP Trevor Cahill. Francis has lost six straight decisions against the Diamondbacks dating back to Sept. 28, 2007.
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