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Upton's four RBI lead rout, lift D-Backs to eighth straight win

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks keep knocking around NL West foes, with the kid leading the way.

Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with four RBI, including a three-run home run, to power the Diamondbacks to their eighth consecutive victory Saturday, a 10-3 romp over the Colorado Rockies.

The 20-year-old outfielder, the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, boosted his average to .415, including five home runs with 10 RBI.

"When you talk about what the upside of this guy is and the kind of player he's going to be down the road," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said, "I think you're getting a little glimpse of it."

Dan Haren limited the Rockies to a run and five hits in six innings and Arizona improved to 5-0 against Colorado this season. Haren (2-0) struck out seven and walked two.

"I again got an early lead and was able to pretty much attack the strike zone," Haren said. "It was pretty much like the last game. When you score runs early it makes it a lot easier on me and any other starting pitcher."

The Diamondbacks have outscored Colorado 38-10 in the five games. Last October, the Rockies swept Arizona in the NLCS.

"Everything is in sync for the Diamondbacks right now," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "They're a good ball club, and they're clicking. Us, on the other hand, we're not able to put the pitching, the hitting and the fielding together for any consistency."

The Rockies know all about teams on a roll. They had one of the best in baseball history at the end of last season, winning 21 of 22 before being swept by Boston in the World Series.

But there's no consolation that these games aren't in September, Hurdle said.

"Every defeat carries sting," he said. "We're well aware of the fact you can't just kick games away in April. We want to play better, we need to play better and we will play better."

Upton chased Colorado's Franklin Morales with a 429-foot home run onto the concourse in left-center field that blew open a 7-1 lead with no outs in the fifth inning. He also singled and scored in the second, singled in the third and had an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.

A dose of the big leagues last year has paved the way for Upton's fast start.

"That two months was big for me, just being able to jell with the team for one, to be able to see some of the pitchers and be able to get a feel for what the big leagues were like," Upton said. "It would be a lot different if I was coming in and this was my first go-round."

Eric Byrnes doubled twice and scored twice for the Diamondbacks.

Morales (0-1), who blanked Arizona on two hits over six innings in a no-decision last week in Colorado, allowed seven runs and seven hits in four-plus innings on Saturday. He struck out one, hit a batter and walked three.

The eight wins in a row are a franchise record for April, and all have come against NL West foes. Arizona has outscored its opponents 61-17 during the winning streak.

"I don't even like to talk about it anymore," Melvin said. "We just seem to be scoring runs and doing it in bunches, hitting homers, getting big hits. It's nice to see. That Haren guy was pretty good, too."

The Diamondbacks will go for their third straight three-game sweep Sunday. They have homered in all but one game this season for an overall total of 21 -- in 11 games.

As they have five other times during the winning streak, the Diamondbacks scored in the first inning. Byrnes doubled, stole third and scored when Conor Jackson grounded out.

Arizona added two in the second. Upton led off with a single, then scored from first when Chris Snyder ended an 0-for-16 skid with a double to the right-center gap. Snyder scored on Chris Young's ground-rule double that bounced into the Diamondbacks bullpen in left.

Morales led off Colorado's third with a single, and after two outs, scored on Todd Helton's base hit to cut it to 3-1.

Morales walked Jackson on four pitches to start the Arizona third. After Upton's single and an intentional walk to Snyder that loaded the bases, Jackson scored on Stephen Drew's sacrifice fly and it was 4-1.

Young appeared to have homered down the left field line to start the Arizona sixth, but after Colorado manager Clint Hurdle complained, the umpires huddled and ruled it a foul ball.

Notes

  • Entering this season, the Rockies had won 10 of 12 against Arizona, including the playoffs.
  • Mark Reynolds drove in his 15th run of the season with a double in the sixth.
 
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Dan Haren cruises to his second win of the season after holding the Rockies to one run through six innings.  (AP)
Dan Haren cruises to his second win of the season after holding the Rockies to one run through six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 3
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

D. Haren
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 2
K 7
 
Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF5000002 .222
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4000031 .159
Todd Helton, 1B3011010 .317
    Jeff Baker, 1B1000010 .091
Matt Holliday, LF3010100 .310
Brad Hawpe, RF3110112 .226
Garrett Atkins, 3B3010012 .268
    Micah Bowie, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Buchholz, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Podsednik, PH1000001 .200
Chris Iannetta, C4010013 .273
Jayson Nix, 2B4111003 .160
Franklin Morales, P2110001 .250
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Clint Barmes, 3B2021000 .600
Totals3539328  
a-popped out for Fuentes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes (1, Petit)
RBI - Todd Helton (5), Jayson Nix (2), Clint Barmes (1)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton (3), Jayson Nix (2), Clint Barmes (1)
SB - Clint Barmes (1, 2nd base off Medders/Snyder)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Chris Iannetta (1)
E - Garrett Atkins (2, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Franklin Morales (L,0-1) 4777411 6.30
Matt Herges 1.1231100 4.26
Micah Bowie 0.2000010 7.36
Taylor Buchholz 1000010 1.59
Brian Fuentes 1000110 0.00
IBB - Snyder by Franklin Morales
HBP - Hudson (by Franklin Morales)
Pitches-Strikes - Franklin Morales 84-41, Matt Herges 25-15, Micah Bowie 8-6, Taylor Buchholz 10-7, Brian Fuentes 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Franklin Morales 7-4, Matt Herges 3-2, Brian Fuentes 1-1
Batters Faced - Franklin Morales 24, Matt Herges 8, Micah Bowie 2, Taylor Buchholz 3, Brian Fuentes 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF5111000 .229
Eric Byrnes, LF3220100 .311
    Augie Ojeda, 2B1000000 .571
Orlando Hudson, 2B2001002 .279
    Jailen Peguero, P0000000 .000
   a- Chris Burke, PH0000100 .167
    Yusmeiro Petit, P0000000 .000
Conor Jackson, 1B3311201 .296
Mark Reynolds, 3B4111123 .302
Justin Upton, RF3234000 .415
Chris Snyder, C3111111 .111
Stephen Drew, SS3001001 .270
Dan Haren, P3000003 .143
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Romero, PH-LF1000010 .667
Totals311091064  
a-walked for Peguero in the 8th
b-struck out for Medders in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (3, Morales), Eric Byrnes 2 (5, Morales, Herges), Mark Reynolds (2, Herges), Chris Snyder (1, Morales)
HR - Justin Upton (5, Morales)
SF - Orlando Hudson (1), Justin Upton (2), Stephen Drew (1)
RBI - Chris Young (7), Orlando Hudson (9), Conor Jackson (7), Mark Reynolds (15), Justin Upton 4 (11), Chris Snyder (2), Stephen Drew (3)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Young (3)
SB - Eric Byrnes (2, 3rd base off Morales/Iannetta), Orlando Hudson (1, 2nd base off Morales/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Drew-Hudson-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Dan Haren (W,2-0) 6511270 2.50
Brandon Medders 1100000 3.86
Jailen Peguero 1000010 0.00
Yusmeiro Petit 1322000 8.10
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 94-64, Brandon Medders 15-8, Jailen Peguero 9-7, Yusmeiro Petit 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-3, Brandon Medders 1-2, Yusmeiro Petit 1-2
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 24, Brandon Medders 4, Jailen Peguero 3, Yusmeiro Petit 6
Game Information
Attendance - 29256
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis