Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Kuhl (41) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Rockies beat Dbacks in series opener thanks to Randal Grichuk’s RBI double off Mark Melancon

In the latest battle for fourth place in the National League West, the Rockies ruined the night of one of the state of Colorado’s all-time best pitchers to get the win.

The Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Thursday at Chase Field, with Randal Grichuk’s RBI double off Arizona closer and Golden product Mark Melancon the difference in the series opener. Southpaw Austin Gomber pitched well enough to keep the visitors in the game, and Daniel Bard slammed the door with his 17th save.

It marked a bounce-back win for Colorado after getting swept in three games in Los Angeles to begin the road trip.

“Anytime you get swept, you know you can go down a spiral that’s not good,” Grichuk said. “For us to come get a first-game W here in Arizona — where we didn’t have success last time coming here (in May) — is huge. Hopefully we can build on that and win a series.”

Arizona starter Dallas Keuchel looked shaky in the first inning, as the Rockies tagged him for two runs thanks to Kris Bryant’s RBI double and Brendan Rodgers’ RBI single to take an early 2-0 lead.

But the Diamondbacks struck back in the second, when catcher Carson Kelly’s two-run homer tied the game. Kelly’s 420-foot home run to left came on a hanging slider by Gomber.

The teams then traded runs again in the fourth, with Ryan McMahon’s RBI single in the top of the frame getting canceled out by Kelly’s RBI single off Gomber in the bottom of the frame.

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