Cron’s 3-run HR lifts Rockies past Diamondbacks 4-1

DENVER (AP) — CJ Cron hit a three-run homerun, José Ureña gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings…

DENVER (AP) — CJ Cron homered for three runs, José Ureña gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings and the Colorado Rockies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win.

Cron’s 457-foot shot into Madison Bumgarner’s (6-14) midfield was his team-high 28th home run of the season and his fourth in the past seven games. It came a day after he launched a 504 foot blast into left field, the second longest home run since tracking began in 2015.

“I didn’t expect to get that pitch,” Cron said. “I was just trying to get the runners in second and third place. I’m a little proud of getting the runners in when I can. I don’t think you want to throw the field there. Luckily he did.”

Rockies reliever Justin Lawrence (3-1) threw 1 2/3 shutout innings to take home the win. Daniel Bard threw a perfect ninth to score his 29th save of the season.

Ureña struckout five batters. It was the righthander’s fourth consecutive start in which he failed to get out of the sixth inning, but it was the fewest runs he had allowed in an appearance since he shutout six innings in a 16 win. July against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“I just tried to go out and perform as I want,” Ureña said.

Colorado, which entered 19 games under .500 and 35 games from first place in its division on the evening, is one win shy of matching its season-long winning streak.

Bumgarner gave up only two hits in the first five innings, but gave up four hits and two walks in Colorado’s four-run sixth inning, which was capped by a sacrifice fly by Sean Bouchard that brought home Brendan Rodgers.

“He had a good fastball command, a good little cutter on both sides of the plate, some good lows,” said Rockies manager Bud Black. “He also increased some fastballs. We broke through. We started to spread the ball a bit. Cron’s big home run was clearly a disappointment for Madison.”

Ketel Marte, the Arizona designated batter, who drove into his team’s lone run, and manager Torey Lovullo were ejected in the seventh inning for arguing against a called hit that Marte said was too low.

It was the Diamondbacks’ fourth consecutive loss. Prior to their current slip, they had won nine out of eleven games.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rockies: Black said José Iglesias (right hand contusion) showed increased range of motion and decreased swelling, although the short stop in Colorado still experiences pain. Iglesias can return from September 15.

“We won’t know until he actually gets a bat in his hand and sees where his grip strength is and how the vibration of the ball hitting the bat works with that joint as he swings a bat,” Black said. “We won’t know until we’re ready. But he feels better.”

Black said “there’s time” for Kris Bryant (left foot plantar fasciitis) to get back on the field this season, but added that “I don’t know if it’s going to happen.” The left fielder, who hasn’t appeared in a game since July 31, is out of a walking boot, can lift weights and play a fly ball, but hasn’t had a bat in his hands in a while, Black said.

Diamondbacks: Geraldo Perdomo collided with Ureña on a play at first base in the third inning when the Rockies-pitcher tried to record a force out. Both players were looked after by team coaches, but remained in the game.

NEXT ONE

Diamondbacks RHP Zac Gallen (11-2, 2.42 ERA) takes on Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (2-7, 5.85) in the third and final game of the series on Sunday afternoon.

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