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Rockies display blueprint for success in commanding defeat of Arizona

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If the Rock­ies could draw up a blue­print for suc­cess in 2021, it would look like their 8–0 vic­to­ry over Ari­zona on Wednes­day night at chilly Coors Field.

Right-han­der Anto­nio Sen­za­tela, who was off his game in his first start of the sea­son against the Dodgers, looked like the “Sen­za” from 2020 when he was Colorado’s most con­sis­tent starter.

He tossed the Rock­ies’ only com­plete game in 2020, and he flirt­ed with anoth­er one Wednes­day. He smoth­ered Ari­zona bat­ters for eight score­less innings, allow­ing only four hits. He struck out only three, but then, Ks aren’t a big part of his game anyway.

Induc­ing ground­ball outs, how­ev­er, has become Senzatela’s forte. He induced 15 of them Wednes­day night, includ­ing a dou­ble play in the first inning. He threw 96 pitch­es, 62 for strikes.

The one glitch in the near-per­fect evening for the Rock­ies was the right-leg injury suf­fered by valu­able util­i­ty play­er Chris Owings, who got the start in right field. Before depart­ing the game pri­or to the sixth inning, Owings hit 3‑for‑3, rais­ing his sea­son aver­age to .500 (7‑for-14).

Col­orado, which pulled out of its four-game los­ing skid, played its best game of the young sea­son and put togeth­er the type of offense man­ag­er Bud Black preached about through­out spring train­ing. That is: time­ly hit­ting, speed on the basepa­ths and mov­ing run­ners along.

Gar­rett Hamp­son, bat­ting lead­off, went 2‑for‑3 with two walks, stole a career-high three bases and scored three runs.

The Rock­ies’ two-run fourth inning pro­vid­ed an exam­ple of what they would like to do. Yonathan Daza led off with a sin­gle and moved to sec­ond on Senzatela’s per­fect, two-strike sac­ri­fice bunt. Daza sprint­ed home on Hampson’s sin­gle, and then Owings plat­ed Hamp­son with a double.

Owings put on quite a show before he was injured.

He lashed an RBI triple in the first to score Hamp­son, dou­bled and scored a run in the third, and then hit the dou­ble to score Hamp­son. Add on Owings’ div­ing catch in right field to rob Car­son Kel­ly of a hit in the fifth and it illus­trat­ed why Black was so eager for the Rock­ies to re-sign Owings in the offseason.

D‑Backs lefty Madi­son Bum­gar­ner looked like a shad­ow of the pitch­er who used to dom­i­nate hit­ters when he was the San Fran­cis­co Giants’ ace. The Rock­ies ripped him for five runs on eight hits in five innings and his ERA sits at 11.00 after two starts. Bum­gar­ner, who signed a five-year, $85 mil­lion con­tract with Ari­zona in Decem­ber 2019, was 1–4 with a 6.48 ERA in nine starts last season.

The two clubs con­clude their three-game series Thurs­day after­noon at Coors.

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