DENVER – Kyle Freeland got in on the fun at the plate, too, for the Colorado Rockies.
Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh and had two hits, and the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Thursday to extend their NL West lead.
Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered and David Dahl had three hits and two RBI to help Colorado take a 11/2-game lead over Los Angeles and a 41/2-game advantage over the third-place Diamondbacks. Los Angeles defeated St. Louis 9-7 at St. Louis.
“We're playing good baseball, we're a very confident team,” Arenado said. “Everyone's playing a part. It's great.”
Freeland played two parts – keeping Arizona's offense in check until his left calf cramped up in the seventh and doing damage with his bat. He had an RBI double in the second inning and started a rally in the fourth with a bunt single down the third base line.
“I was amazed with him today. I really was,” Arenado said. “I was like, 'He's an animal. He wants to pitch, he wants to hit, he wants to run, he just wants to be out there.' The best pitchers in this game, that's how they are.”
Freeland (15-7) was just as effective on the mound.
He gave up two through six innings and left with one out in the seventh after giving up two extra-base hits. A cramp that bothered him in the sixth inning flared up again, but he said he is fine.
A.J. Pollock homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are 3-12 in September.
Arizona trailed 5-1 when Freeland gave up a triple to Steven Souza Jr. and a double to Nick Ahmed in the seventh. Freeland left after manager Bud Black and trainer Keith Dugger came to the mound.
Yencey Almonte gave up an RBI double to Ketel Marte that made it 5-3. The Rockies responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning.