Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 17, 2012
It might not be much of a streak, but the Colorado Rockies might be heading in the right direction. The Rockies look to match a season high with their third straight victory Thursday when they conclude a brief two-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Dexter Fowler finished a home run shy of the cycle and 49-year-old Jamie Moyer threw 6 1-3 solid innings as Colorado (15-21) snapped a three-game home skid with a 6-1 win over Arizona on Wednesday. The Rockies, who have won two straight after losing nine of 10, last won three in a row April 17-20. They have not won two consecutive games at Coors Field since a three-game run during which it took two straight against San Diego on April 17-18, then returned home to beat New York 18-9 on April 27. Colorado is 9-10 at Coors in 2012. Fowler was 2 for 18 with nine strikeouts in his previous nine contests and was dropped to the eighth spot in the order before breaking out in the opener Wednesday. He's batting .333 (11 for 33) with eight RBIs in his last nine against the Diamondbacks. "Fowler, he's been tough for us,'' Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's always hit us well.'' The Rockies have won three of four this season versus Arizona (16-22), which managed six hits following Tuesday's 5-1 victory at Los Angeles where it pounded out 13. After Moyer allowed one run en route to his second win of the season, Colorado's Juan Nicasio (2-1, 4.65 ERA) takes the mound looking to build on his last outing. The right-hander surrendered one run, five hits and struck out a season-high nine in seven innings but failed to earn a decision in a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday. "When I have command of my fastball, I'm happy, I'm good," Nicasio told the Rockies' official website. The right-hander was not happy after his first career appearance against the Diamondbacks on April 13 when he yielded six runs and a season-high five walks in 2 2-3 innings of a 7-6 win at Coors. Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt had two hits off Nicasio in that contest and doubled Wednesday as the reigning NL West champions lost for the 11th time in 14 games. The Diamondbacks have been held to fewer than three runs five times in the last eight games. "It's hard for everybody, because everybody wants to contribute," catcher Miguel Montero told the Diamondbacks' official website. "Things haven't worked out the way we want them to so we keep pushing harder and harder. Let's try to do less and things are going to be better. It's easy to say." Scheduled Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (2-4, 3.65) allowed one run, four hits and struck out a season-high six in 7 1-3 innings of a 5-2 win at Coors Field on April 15. However, the right-hander will try to avoid a third straight losing start after he gave up four runs, walked three and hit two batters over 5 2-3 innings of a 5-2 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.
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