DENVER -- Troy Glaus won't take credit for his recent success. He blames the opposing pitchers.
"Any time you are having success at the plate, you are hitting the pitchers' mistakes," Glaus said. "The last four or five days I have been doing that."
Glaus hit his 32nd homer on a pitch over the middle of the plate and drove in two runs, Shawn Green had three hits and a home run, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 Saturday night.
Glaus is hitting .308 over his last 27 games.
"I'm not trying to hit doubles or home runs or anything like that," said Glaus, who is third in home runs among big league third basemen. "I'm just putting the bat on mistakes and hitting it hard."
Kelly Stinnett and Chad Tracy also connected for the Diamondbacks. Conor Jackson added a two-run single.
"We have lived and died by the homer at times this year," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "Right now we are living by it."
The Diamondbacks have hit three or more home runs in each of the last three games. Home runs have accounted for 16 of their 22 runs over that span.
Claudio Vargas (9-8) was the beneficiary, allowing five runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to win for the fifth time in seven decisions. Vargas was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals on June 3 and is 9-5 since coming to the Diamondbacks.
Jose Valverde got the final four outs for his seventh save in nine chances.
Zach Day (1-3) worked the first five innings, allowing six runs and nine hits. Cory Sullivan hit his third home run of the year for the Rockies, who lost their fourth straight.
"He wasn't sharp, getting only five groundball outs in the 27 batters he faced," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "Zach was spinning the ball to the hitters instead of sinking it."
Colorado took a 2-0 lead on Sullivan's two-run homer in the first inning. Glaus and Green homered on consecutive pitches in the second to tie it at 2-all.
"Pitches were left up on both home runs," Day said. "They just didn't sink."
The Diamondbacks took a 5-2 lead with a three-run third. Craig Counsell tripled and scored on an infield single by Glaus, and Jackson drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single.
Arizona added an unearned run in the fourth when Clint Barmes booted Glaus' grounder behind the bag at second, allowing Vargas to score.
The Rockies closed to 6-5 in the seventh with five consecutive two-out hits, including run-scoring singles by Luis Gonzalez, pinch-hitter Jorge Piedra and Barmes.
Stinnett and Tracy each hit solo home runs off David Cortes in the eighth inning.
"We put some good at-bats together today," Glaus said. "We took some walks and moved runners, and we put key hits together and scored runs."
The Diamondbacks hit back-to-back homers for the ninth time this year. ... Vargas improved to 3-0 lifetime against Colorado. ... Day hasn't won since April 20. ... Garrett Atkins has a 15-game hitting streak.
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|Craig Counsell, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.270|
|Chad Tracy, RF||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||.291|
|Buddy Groom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jose Valverde, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||3||1||0||0||2||0||2||.270|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||5||2||2||2||0||1||1||.263|
|Shawn Green, CF-RF||5||1||3||1||0||2||2||.298|
|Conor Jackson, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.224|
|Tony Clark, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.309|
|Royce Clayton, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Kelly Stinnett, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.286|
|Claudio Vargas, P||2||1||0||0||1||1||2||.094|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Quinton McCracken, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Luis Terrero, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|a-grounded out for Lyon in the 8th|
|2B - Kelly Stinnett (4, Day)|
|3B - Craig Counsell (3, Day)|
|HR - Chad Tracy (22, Cortes), Troy Glaus (32, Day), Shawn Green (22, Day), Kelly Stinnett (6, Cortes)|
|RBI - Chad Tracy (55), Troy Glaus 2 (89), Shawn Green (73), Conor Jackson 2 (8), Kelly Stinnett (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chad Tracy (16)|
|CS - Craig Counsell (7, 2nd base by Speier/Ardoin)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Stinnett-Clayton|
|Claudio Vargas (W,9-8)||6.2||8||5||5||0||5||1||5.20|
|Brandon Lyon (H,1)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||5.93|
|Buddy Groom (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.12|
|Jose Valverde (S,7)||1.1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2.91|
|Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 109-72, Brandon Lyon 3-3, Buddy Groom 14-9, Jose Valverde 23-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 5-9, Brandon Lyon 1-0, Buddy Groom 2-0, Jose Valverde 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 27, Brandon Lyon 2, Buddy Groom 3, Jose Valverde 6|
|Clint Barmes, SS||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.306|
|Cory Sullivan, CF||5||1||1||2||0||0||4||.275|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.305|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.298|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.286|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.284|
|Luis Gonzalez, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.292|
|Danny Ardoin, C||3||1||3||0||0||0||0||.238|
|a- Aaron Miles, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Zach Day, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.182|
|b- Larry Bigbie, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.243|
|Ryan Speier, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Jorge Piedra, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.296|
|Choo Freeman, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|David Cortes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Dohmann, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ryan Shealy, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.338|
|Omar Quintanilla, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|a-lined out for Ardoin in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Day in the 5th|
|c-singled for Speier in the 7th|
|d-singled for Dohmann in the 9th|
|2B - Garrett Atkins (24, Vargas)|
|HR - Cory Sullivan (3, Vargas)|
|RBI - Clint Barmes (35), Cory Sullivan 2 (22), Luis Gonzalez (35), Jorge Piedra (16)|
|2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (21), Luis Gonzalez (14), Jorge Piedra (9)|
|CS - Danny Ardoin (1, 2nd base by Vargas/Stinnett)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Helton-Barmes, Barmes-Gonzalez-Helton|
|E - Clint Barmes (14, misplayed grounder), Matt Holliday (5, throwing error)|
|Zach Day (L,1-3)||5||9||6||5||3||3||2||6.89|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Day 100-60, Ryan Speier 34-17, David Cortes 19-13, Scott Dohmann 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Day 6-6, Ryan Speier 2-1, David Cortes 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Zach Day 27, Ryan Speier 7, David Cortes 5, Scott Dohmann 3|
|Attendance - 20284|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi|