PHOENIX (AP) — April was pretty awful for the Colorado Rockies. May is off to a much better start thanks to a big offensive performance.
Dom Nuñez hit a grand slam, Trevor Story had three hits that included a two-run homer and the Rockies pounded out 18 hits in a 14-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
It was an encouraging night at the plate for the Rockies, who had the most losses in the National League during April with a 9-17 record. The top three hitters in Colorado’s lineup all had good games: Raimel Tapia had four singles and scored two runs, Story added a double to go with his homer and Ryan McMahon had two hits and four RBIs, including the go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth.
“Tonight our focus was to stay on the gas,” Nuñez said. “Because that’s what good teams do.”
Arizona starter Zac Gallen (1-1) needed 93 pitches to get through four innings. He gave up four earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven.
“I thought he was just missing off the edges of the plate,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “He’s such a perfectionist, but it wasn’t landing the way he wanted it.”
McMahon’s error on a grounder was part of the reason the Diamondbacks scored a pair or runs in the third and pushed ahead 2-1, but the third baseman made up for the miscue the very next inning.
The left-handed McMahon sliced a two-out single to the opposite field, scoring Tapia and Story to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead. The Diamondbacks pulled to 4-3 on Carson Kelly’s RBI single, but Story responded in the sixth with his two-run homer.
Story was out in front of Caleb Smith’s changeup on a 2-2 count, but reached out and pulled the ball down the left-field line. The liner just cleared the wall, landing in the Arizona bullpen.
After Nuñez smacked his…