PHOENIX After a day of mini-drama, Ian Kennedy brought some peace to the Diamondbacks' night.
Kennedy did what aces do in a 10-0 victory over Colorado at Chase Field he controlled the Rockies' offense and gave the D-backs plenty of time to find their own.
It did not take long. While Kennedy struck out nine of the first 16 batters he faced, the D-backs backed him with seven runs in the first four innings in their second shutout in three days, evening the series with the Rockies at one game apiece.
It was the D-backs' most decisive victory of the season, and it helped take the sting out of remarks made to the website Pros2preps.com by managing partner Ken Kendrick earlier in the day. Kendrick questioned injured shortstop Stephen Drew's commitment to returning this season and called right fielder Justin Upton an "enigma" who should be more consistent by this stage in his career.
Those points were overshadowed by the D-backs' play on the field.