(Colo)-Rockies Win Again, Beat D-Backs 4-2
By BOB BAUM - AP Sports Writer
PHOENIX (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez, heating up for the stretch run after a subpar season at the plate, homered twice and the Colorado Rockies won their sixth game in a row, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Tuesday night to tighten the race for the National League's top wild card.
Gonzalez drove in all four Colorado runs in his first multihomer game since Aug. 16 last year and is batting .451 (14 for 31) in September.
Jon Gray (8-4) gave up two runs and scattered 7 hits over 7 solid innings, striking out 10 to match the season-high he set in another win at Arizona on June 30th, but with no walks and a hit batter.
Chris Rusin got two outs for his second save.
The Rockies 8th straight road win and 8th win in their last 9 games moves them within 3 games of Arizona for the top NL wild card, but they once again failed to put any distance between the 2 teams trailing them for the 2nd Wild Card.
St Louis outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 for their 4th straight win and 6 of their last 7 to stay 3-1/2 back while the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 to remain 4 back.
The Rockies got some good news yesterday morning when lefty Kyle Freeland checked out fine after being hit on his throwing shoulder and jaw by a J.D. Martinez line drive during Monday night's win, playing catch at 90-100 feet with no problems.
Manager Bud Black watched the throwing session and said "there were no repercussions … very encouraging," but did not say when Freeland's next start will be.
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