D-backs 8, Rockies 2

Goldschmidt drives in five as D-backs win

2013-09-16T00:00:00Z 2013-10-07T19:03:16Z Goldschmidt drives in five as D-backs winThe Associated Press The Associated Press
September 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Paul Goldschmidt drove in five runs Sunday, giving him an NL-leading 114 for the season.

PHOENIX — On the day Paul Goldschmidt ended his home run drought, he got plenty more hits, too.

Goldschmidt homered and went 4 for 4, driving in a career high-tying five runs Sunday to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 8-2.

Goldschmidt had an RBI single in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third and added a two-run double in the fourth, all against Jhoulys Chacin (13-9).

“He complained about how he hasn’t been running the bases much lately,” said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson. “Today was another good day for him and he’s done it many times for us.”

Goldschmidt leads the NL with 114 RBIs.

Goldschmidt hit a towering drive for his 32nd home run and a 3-0 lead in the third. It was his first homer since Aug. 20, a span of 83 at-bats.

“I knew it had been a while but I didn’t know exactly what it was,” Goldschmidt said. “That’s just part of it.”

Goldschmidt doubled home Chris Owings and Adam Eaton to cap Arizona’s three-run fourth and give the Diamondbacks a 6-0 lead.

Randall Delgado (5-6) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the Diamondbacks, who have won three of four.

Delgado won for the first time since Aug. 2.

Pinch hitter Charlie Culberson homered for the Rockies, who have lost two straight and seven of their past nine.

Chacin and the Rockies were behind nearly from the outset. Eaton led off the first with an infield single, stole second and scored on Goldschmidt’s single.

Chacin lasted a season-low four innings, allowing six runs — four earned — and seven hits with three walks.

“I just wasn’t throwing strikes,” Chacin said. “I was pitching up, overthrowing my pitches. I didn’t make my pitches at any point in the game.”

Culberson’s first career pinch-hit home run pulled Colorado within 6-2 in the fifth.

Matt Davidson hit his first career homer in the bottom half to make it 7-2.

Owings added an RBI single in the eighth.

Arizona opens a four-game series against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers tonight.

Inside pitch

• The Diamondbacks aren’t saying they’re shutting down ace Patrick Corbin, but they’re also not saying they won’t.

“I’m inclined to let him (finish the season), but I’m not going to say he won’t miss one start either,” Gibson said. “I don’t know that. We’ll see how far he goes (Tuesday), we’ll see how he throws and see how he feels his next bullpen.”

Corbin has thrown 197 innings, up from 186ª he pitched in 2012 across the minors and the majors.

A standard 30-inning jump would put him at 216, which he could reach if he went 6ª over his final three starts. Corbin averages about one-third of an inning more than that per start. He hasn’t gone less than five innings all year.

“He’s really been extremely consistent with his pitches, his efficiency of his pitches, his innings,” Gibson said.

“He goes deep into games. He’s had really no sore arm, no sore elbow.”

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