(SportsNetwork.com) - Rubby De La Rosa has turned the corner following a bad start to the month and aims for a third straight victory Thursday afternoon when the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude a three-game set with the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies counter with their own De La Rosa in left-hander Jorge.
Rubby De La Rosa allowed 16 runs and 19 hits over 10 total innings in his first two outings of June, going 0-1, but has since posted solid wins over San Francisco and San Diego. The right-hander logged eight scoreless frames of eight-hit ball to top the Giants 4-0, then won a 4-2 decision over the Padres after getting charged with two runs -- one earned -- over seven innings.
"He did a great job. He had great stuff tonight," said D-backs manager Chip Hale after Friday's win over San Diego. "He had good stuff until the end."
The 26-year-old is 6-3 and has now lowered his season earned run average to 4.96. He is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in four career meetings with the Rockies, including two starts.
Jorge De La Rosa looks to bounce back this afternoon after having his four- decision win streak snapped last time out.
The Rockies starter did not allow more than three earned runs over his five- start unbeaten streak prior to taking a 9-5 loss to Milwaukee on Friday. He was charged with six runs on 11 hits, two homers and three walks over five innings. The hurler also struck out four, falling to 4-3 on the year with a 5.47 ERA.
The 34-year-old has made 24 career appearances against the Diamondbacks, all but four of those starts, and is 8-8 with a 2.98 ERA.
Arizona drew even in this series by rallying for an 8-7 win last night as Aaron Hill capped a three-run ninth frame with a sacrifice fly.
John Axford, Colorado's sixth reliever, began the ninth inning on the mound in search of his 13th save, but the first four batters reached safely and the Diamondbacks were able to rally from a two-run deficit to win for the eighth time in 12 games.
Yasmany Tomas went 4-for-5 with an RBI in the ninth inning and scored twice, while Paul Goldschmidt belted a two-run homer in the contest.
"We just battled. There were some scratch hits there. You have to get lucky sometimes," Hale said.
Nick Hundley homered in the second inning and walked with the bases loaded to force in the go-ahead tally during a four-run fifth for the Rockies, but they had a three-game winning streak halted as Axford blew his first save of the season.
"He's fine. he's been outstanding, almost perfect," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Axford, who had converted 12 straight save chances. "The bullpen did an outstanding job, but it got away from us in the ninth."
Charlie Blackmon had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Rockies. Wilin Rosario added two hits and an RBI.
Arizona is 5-2 against the NL West-rival Rockies this season.