PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks bullpen had five failed save conversions on the recent road trip, but all was right with the relief corps Thursday night at Chase Field.
Closer J.J. Putz was more like his old self. His pet split-finger pitch was diving again, and the results were what the Diamondbacks have come to expect.
Putz struck out Carlos Gonzalez with splitters on his final two pitches -- with the tying run on first base -- to save a 3-2 victory over the Rockies and dull the memory of a road trip on which he gave up two game-tying home runs in the ninth inning.
I was able to command the ball for the most part, both my fastball and my split. The ball felt really good out of my hand. The splits were down and got some chases, Putz said.
Ive been through rough spots before, and Im going to go through rough spots again. Its just a matter of being able to put it behind you and keep working and trust what you have been doing your (whole) career. That is just part of it.