DENVER — The Diamondbacks finally gave Paul Goldschmidt a night off, and recent call-up Nick Evans filled in quite nicely for the first baseman.
Evans and Chris Owings hit back-to-back homers, rookie Chase Anderson won his fourth straight start, and the Diamondbacks beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Tuesday.
The solo shot by Evans in the fourth was his first homer since Sept. 3, 2011, when he was with the Mets. He wasn’t sure if a moment like this would ever arrive again, especially after missing most of 2012 with a broken hand and not having a job last season until the Diamondbacks called a few days before the season — with only a spot open at Double-A Mobile.
The veteran jumped at the chance.
“You start to question,” said Evans, who was recalled from Triple-A Reno last week. “It’s not easy to get here. … This is definitely satisfying.”
Evans was in the lineup because manager Kirk Gibson decided it was a good time to rest Goldschmidt. It was the slugger’s first day off of the season after 59 straight games, one shy of the club record of 60 set by Travis Lee in 1998.
Maybe another break for Goldschmidt on Wednesday?
“Yeah, I wouldn’t count on that,” Evans said. “If I was a betting man, I’d count on him being in there.”
Anderson (4-0) was hardly intimidated by hitter-friendly Coors Field or one of the top lineups in the league. He didn’t overpower the Rockies so much as keep them guessing, throwing six effective innings in his longest outing since he was recalled from Reno on May 6. He becomes the fifth rookie since 1998 to win his opening four starts.
“I tried to stick with my game plan, pitch off that,” Anderson said. “If you try to pitch to the park, sometimes you’re not very successful.”