Weaver solid as Diamondbacks power past Rockies 9-2

DENVER (AP) Luke Weaver's comfort level with his new team is on the rise, and so is his pitching.

Weaver tossed seven strong innings, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run second and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 9-2 on Saturday night for their ninth win in 11 games.

''You could just tell by his mound presence and his demeanor that he wanted the baseball in his hand and deliver pitches,'' said Diamondbacks manager Torrey Lovullo of Weaver, who was acquired in December as part of the trade that sent Paul Goldschmidt to St. Louis.

''He's pitching to a game plan,'' Lovullo added. ''He's getting a lot of information. There's a certain comfort level that he is developing here. It's showing up every single start. We know that there is something very special in there and we're watching that every fifth day.''

David Peralta also homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won six straight on the road. Wilmer Flores and Christian Walker hit RBI doubles, and Weaver helped himself with a sacrifice fly.

Weaver (3-1) kept the Rockies off balance, holding them to three hits while allowing one run in winning his third straight decision. He had eight strikeouts - one off his season high - and struck out the side in the third. He joined Patrick Corbin (2013) and Randy Johnson (2002) as the only Diamondbacks pitchers to go seven or more innings and allow three or fewer hits at Coors Field.

''I think we all expect ourselves to go out and do the best we can and try to dominate a game,'' Weaver said. ''Along the way, more than anything, I think it was trying to stay aggressive, let the guys behind me work and they made some fantastic plays out there and tracked down some balls and that just adds to the confidence factor throughout the game.''

The Rockies didn't get a hit off him until Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story started the bottom of the fourth with doubles, leading to Colorado's first run. Blackmon tripled in a run in the eighth off reliever Matt Andriese.

''He was good. Good fastball and changeup. His changeup was really good,'' said the Rockies' David Dahl, who was Weaver's final strikeout.

Kyle Freeland (2-5) allowed a career-high eight runs on nine hits in six innings. Six of the Diamondbacks' hits were for extra bases, including three homers off Freeland - the most he has allowed in a game.

''Not hitting his spots,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''Tonight there were a few too many pitches up over the plate that were hit for home runs. When Kyle's on, it's a combo of inside corner effectiveness and down and away. The last two starts have been not enough corner and not enough down.''

Freeland set down the first five batters he faced before Flores singled for the Diamondbacks' first hit. Ahmed and Kelly then hit successive homers. It was the first big league homer of Kelly's career.

The back-to-back set marked the third time this season that Arizona hitters have hit consecutive home runs. They last did it April 20 against the Chicago Cubs when Eduardo Escobar and Peralta went back-to-back.

Arizona extended its lead to 7-0 with four runs in its half of the third. Ketel Martel walked and Escobar singled before Peralta drove Freeland's 1-0 offering into the right-field seats above the out-of-town scoreboard for his fifth homer, and first off a left-hander this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker, on the comeback trail since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2017, is slated to pitch a four-inning simulated game Monday in extended spring training. ... OF Adam Jones was removed from the game as a precaution after feeling lightheaded. He was replaced in right field by Tim Locastro in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Rockies: LHP Harrison Musgrave was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. Right-handed pitchers DJ Johnson and Yency Almonte have been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

ANDERSON OPTIONED

LHP Tyler Anderson, winless in five starts this season, was optioned to Albuquerque. A fixture in the Rockies' rotation the past three years, Anderson was optioned for the first time since making his major league debut June 12, 2016, against San Diego. ''Ultimately, it comes down to a performance game and we felt Tyler wasn't where he needs to be to make his next start,'' Black said before the game. Black said the team was still considering its options in naming a replacement for Anderson in the rotation.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (5-1, 3.27 ERA) is 4-1 with a 2.85 ERA in his last seven starts against the Rockies.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (3-2, 2.93 ERA) enters Sunday's series finale with the eighth-lowest ERA in the NL.

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  • W: L. Weaver (3-1)L: K. Freeland (2-5)
  • HR: ARI - N. Ahmed (3), C. Kelly (1), D. Peralta (5)
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T. Locastro RF20000002.286.474.286.7590.0
K. Marte CF42100101.276.326.567.8934.0
E. Escobar 3B41100100.303.377.541.9183.0
I. Vargas PR-3B00000000.200.200.350.5500.0
D. Peralta LF51231012.309.349.529.8798.5
C. Walker 1B51210011.310.381.611.9925.5
W. Flores 2B51210002.258.309.360.6695.0
N. Ahmed SS42221001.260.301.423.72410.0
C. Kelly C21211200.211.262.386.6489.0
L. Weaver P20010002.083.077.333.4101.0
a- B. Swihart PH10000011.175.250.275.525-0.5
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Hirano P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Weaver in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF41210010.293.346.507.8546.5
T. Story SS40210011.271.347.511.8583.5
D. Murphy 1B40000013.214.313.429.741-0.5
N. Arenado 3B40000001.299.338.577.9140.0
D. Dahl CF40000011.302.340.531.871-0.5
R. Tapia LF30000120.272.322.556.8770.0
R. McMahon 2B30000021.228.330.367.697-1.0
T. Wolters C31100020.290.354.377.7311.0
K. Freeland P10000010.143.333.143.476-0.5
a- I. Desmond PH10000000.186.236.343.5800.0
Y. Almonte P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Hampson PH10000001.195.221.280.5010.0
D. Johnson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Almonte in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker 2 (13), W. Flores (6), N. Ahmed (9)
  • HR - D. Peralta (5), N. Ahmed (3), C. Kelly
  • SF - L. Weaver
  • RBI - D. Peralta 3 (23), C. Walker (16), W. Flores (10), N. Ahmed 2 (16), C. Kelly (8), L. Weaver (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Walker (7), N. Ahmed 2 (6), C. Kelly (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Locastro, K. Marte, W. Flores 2 (2), L. Weaver 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (10), T. Story (6)
  • 3B - C. Blackmon (4)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (20), T. Story (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy 2 (2), D. Dahl, R. McMahon
FIELDING
  • DP - (McMahon-Story-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 3-1)7.03111803.291.1230.0
M. Andriese1.02110204.581.371.0
Y. Hirano1.00000103.651.383.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 3-1)7.0
M. Andriese1.0
Y. Hirano1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 2-5)6.09882135.901.31-5.5
Y. Almonte2.01001204.261.265.0
D. Johnson1.02111005.911.97-1.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 2-5)6.0
Y. Almonte2.0
D. Johnson1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Andriese (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 102-70, M. Andriese 26-18, Y. Hirano 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-7, M. Andriese 1-0, Y. Hirano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 25, M. Andriese 5, Y. Hirano 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. Freeland (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 89-60, Y. Almonte 39-28, D. Johnson 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-9, Y. Almonte 1-3, D. Johnson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 29, Y. Almonte 8, D. Johnson 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Jones RF30000000.282.350.508.8580.0
T. Locastro RF20000002.286.474.286.7590.0
K. Marte CF42100101.276.326.567.8934.0
E. Escobar 3B41100100.303.377.541.9183.0
I. Vargas PR-3B00000000.200.200.350.5500.0
D. Peralta LF51231012.309.349.529.8798.5
C. Walker 1B51210011.310.381.611.9925.5
W. Flores 2B51210002.258.309.360.6695.0
N. Ahmed SS42221001.260.301.423.72410.0
C. Kelly C21211200.211.262.386.6489.0
L. Weaver P20010002.083.077.333.4101.0
a- B. Swihart PH10000011.175.250.275.525-0.5
M. Andriese P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Hirano P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Weaver in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon RF41210010.293.346.507.8546.5
T. Story SS40210011.271.347.511.8583.5
D. Murphy 1B40000013.214.313.429.741-0.5
N. Arenado 3B40000001.299.338.577.9140.0
D. Dahl CF40000011.302.340.531.871-0.5
R. Tapia LF30000120.272.322.556.8770.0
R. McMahon 2B30000021.228.330.367.697-1.0
T. Wolters C31100020.290.354.377.7311.0
K. Freeland P10000010.143.333.143.476-0.5
a- I. Desmond PH10000000.186.236.343.5800.0
Y. Almonte P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Hampson PH10000001.195.221.280.5010.0
D. Johnson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-flied out for Freeland in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Almonte in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Walker 2 (13), W. Flores (6), N. Ahmed (9)
  • HR - D. Peralta (5), N. Ahmed (3), C. Kelly
  • SF - L. Weaver
  • RBI - D. Peralta 3 (23), C. Walker (16), W. Flores (10), N. Ahmed 2 (16), C. Kelly (8), L. Weaver (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Walker (7), N. Ahmed 2 (6), C. Kelly (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Locastro, K. Marte, W. Flores 2 (2), L. Weaver 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (10), T. Story (6)
  • 3B - C. Blackmon (4)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (20), T. Story (23)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy 2 (2), D. Dahl, R. McMahon
FIELDING
  • DP - (McMahon-Story-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Weaver (W, 3-1)7.03111803.291.1230.0
M. Andriese1.02110204.581.371.0
Y. Hirano1.00000103.651.383.5
Total9.05221110---
PITCHERSIP
L. Weaver (W, 3-1)7.0
M. Andriese1.0
Y. Hirano1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 2-5)6.09882135.901.31-5.5
Y. Almonte2.01001204.261.265.0
D. Johnson1.02111005.911.97-1.0
Total9.01299433---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 2-5)6.0
Y. Almonte2.0
D. Johnson1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Andriese (6)
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Weaver 102-70, M. Andriese 26-18, Y. Hirano 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Weaver 6-7, M. Andriese 1-0, Y. Hirano 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Weaver 25, M. Andriese 5, Y. Hirano 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. Freeland (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 89-60, Y. Almonte 39-28, D. Johnson 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 8-9, Y. Almonte 1-3, D. Johnson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 29, Y. Almonte 8, D. Johnson 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Walker doubled to deep center, Marte scored92
  • 8TH INNING
    Blackmon tripled to deep center, Wolters scored82
  • 6TH INNING
    Weaver hit sacrifice fly to right, Ahmed scored81
  • 4TH INNING
    Story doubled to deep right, Blackmon scored71
  • 3RD INNING
    Flores doubled to right, Walker scored70
    Peralta homered to right, Marte and Escobar scored60
  • 2ND INNING
    Kelly homered to center30
    Ahmed homered to left center, Flores scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • D.J. Johnson pitching
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte singled to center
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Marte to second
    • Ildemaro Vargas ran for Eduardo Escobar
    • D. Peralta: Strike swinging, Ball, Peralta grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Marte to third, Vargas out at second
    • C. Walker: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Walker doubled to deep center, Marte scored
    • W. Flores: Flores popped out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Yoshihisa Hirano relieved Matt Andriese
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arenado popped out to first
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dahl grounded out to second
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Y. Almonte Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ahmed lined out to shortstop
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kelly walked
    • Blake Swihart hit for Luke Weaver
    • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
    • T. Locastro: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Locastro popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Andriese pitching
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wolters singled to left
    • Garrett Hampson hit for Yency Almonte
    • G. Hampson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wolters to second on wild pitch, Hampson grounded out to shortstop, Wolters to third
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Blackmon tripled to deep center, Wolters scored
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Yency Almonte pitching
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first
    • D. Peralta: Foul, Strike swinging, Peralta reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Flores flied out to right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado flied out to deep center
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tapia walked
    • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike looking, McMahon grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike looking, Ahmed doubled to deep left
    • C. Kelly: Foul, Ball, Kelly singled to right center, Ahmed to third
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Weaver hit sacrifice fly to right, Ahmed scored
    • T. Locastro: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Locastro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kelly out at second
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Marte reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Locastro out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ian Desmond hit for Kyle Freeland
    • I. Desmond: Desmond flied out to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Blackmon struck out on foul tip
    • T. Story: Foul, Foul, Ball, Story singled to right center
    • D. Murphy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Strike looking, Peralta flied out to left
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Walker lined out to center
    • W. Flores: Ball, Foul, Flores popped out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Tapia grounded out to shortstop
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, McMahon struck out on foul tip
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Marte grounded out to third
    • E. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tim Locastro in right field
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon doubled to deep right
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Story doubled to deep right, Blackmon scored
    • D. Murphy: Murphy popped out to third
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Arenado flied out to deep right, Story to third
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones grounded out to second
    • K. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar singled to right, Marte to third
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Peralta homered to right, Marte and Escobar scored
    • C. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker doubled to deep left
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores doubled to right, Walker scored
    • N. Ahmed: Foul, Ahmed grounded out to third
    • C. Kelly: Kelly intentionally walked
    • L. Weaver: Foul, Weaver popped out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, McMahon struck out on foul tip
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • K. Freeland: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • D. Peralta: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • C. Walker: Ball, Walker flied out to shallow center
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores singled to left
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Foul, Ahmed homered to left center, Flores scored
    • C. Kelly: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kelly homered to center
    • L. Weaver: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Weaver flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dahl grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Marte: Strike swinging, Foul, Marte lined out to center
    • E. Escobar: Escobar popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon lined out to left
    • T. Story: Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Murphy flied out to shallow center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)