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Rockies Shutdown Diamondbacks 4-0

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With a tough start to the season behind them, the Colorado Rockies (24-30) continued their recent winning ways with a 4-0 win last night over the Arizona Diamondbacks (25-30) in Phoenix. It was their second win in a row, and seventh in their last eight games. The two teams go at it again tonight at 7:40 MT at Chase Field (TV: Root Sports).

Veteran first baseman Todd Helton made a bit of history with his leadoff double in the Rockies’ two-run second. It was 952nd extra-base hit, tying him with Mickey Mantle for 47th all-time.

The Rockies reaped the fruits of their offense and their young pitching again on Monday night. It was their first shutout of the season, coming in game No. 54.

Offensively, the big blows came off D-backs starter Joe Saunders, who allowed a game-opening triple by Dexter Fowler and a fourth-inning homer off the bat of Wilin Rosario, his ninth of the season.

Fowler came home almost immediately on a Marco Scutaro sacrifice fly, giving the Rockies a lead after two batters that they never relinquished.

Official: Monday’s Box Score.

On the mound, despite a shaky beginning, left-hander Christian Friedrich (4-1) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball. He walked two and struck out four, making his fifth start since he was called up from the Minors and debuted on May 9.

Friedrich’s four wins are a team high.

Tickets are available for Friday night’s game at Coors Field vs. the Los Angeles Angels, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]

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