Senzatela sizzling on cool night, Rox beat Diamondbacks 8-0

Pat Graham Ap Sports Writer
Thursday, April 8, 2021
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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela works agaimst the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Denver. AP PHOTO

DENVER (AP) — Antonio Senzatela pitched eight electric innings on a cool evening, Chris Owings had three extra-base hits before leaving with right hamstring tightness, and the Colorado Rockies snapped a four-game skid by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-0 on Wednesday night.

Senzatela (1-1) scattered four hits by mixing in a sizzling slider with a fastball that was moving all over. He walked two and struck out three. Senzatela was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eight after throwing 96 pitches.

The right-hander continues to flourish at Coors Field, improving his career mark to 22-10 at the notorious hitter’s park.

“We had a good plan today,” Senzatela said. “We executed that plan.”

Owings had two doubles, a triple and drove in two runs as he increased his average to .500. He also made a sliding catch in right field in the fifth before being replaced by Sam Hilliard to start the sixth. Rockies manager Bud Black said Owings was taken out as a precaution.

“Overall, it was a clean game, well played by us,” Black said of the win. “We just kept on the attack both on the mound and at the plate. Good game for the Rockies.”

It was a second straight rough outing for Madison Bumgarner (0-1), who allowed five runs and eight hits over five innings. He’s now surrendered 11 runs over nine innings.

“He was OK in spurts,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We know that he’s working hard. He’s got a process. He’s got a plan and he’s prepared. This game can be unrewarding at times.”

The news only got worse for the Diamondbacks as Ketel Marte left the game in the sixth after grabbing at the back of his right hamstring while running to first base. Marte was helped off the field. Lovullo said Marte felt his leg cramping up and “was trying to put on the brakes and protect it as best he could.”

Lovullo added: “We’re not exactly sure the extent of what is happening there right now.”

Leadoff hitter Garrett Hampson had a big game for the Rockies with a career-best three stolen bases. He finished with two singles, two walks and three runs scored.