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  W: G. Márquez (12-9)   L: Z. Godley (14-9)
5:40 PM PT6:40 PM MT7:40 PM CT8:40 PM ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 PM MST7:40 PM EST8:10 PM VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, September 10, 2018
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 25,114

Rockies, D'backs look to rebound after series losses

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Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Diamondbacks lost three of four against the Braves, dropping them to 2.5 games back of the division-leading Rockies in the NL West. Despite currently being in third place in their own division, Arizona has spent 124 days in first place this season, most of any NL team.
  2. After winning five straight games, the Rockies dropped two of three against the Dodgers, including the series finale, trimming their division lead to 0.5 games. Colorado has allowed at least one run in the first inning 66 times this season, 10 more than any other team (Orioles -- 56).
  3. The Diamondbacks have won seven of the 12 matchups between these two teams this season, including four of six at Coors Field. In their four wins at Coors, the D'backs have averaged 8.5 runs per game and hit 11 home runs, while in the two losses, they have averaged 1.5 runs per game and hit just one home run.
  4. Over his last five starts (all quality starts), German Marquez has a 1.77 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and a .163 opponent average. He has struck out 33 batters over his last three starts, the most ever by a Rockies pitcher in a three-start span within a single season.
  5. Zack Godley has limited opponents to a .206 batting average the first time through the lineup this season. That number rises in subsequent times through the lineup, going to .267 the second time around and to .290 when facing batters for the third time in a game.
  6. In six games at Coors Field this season, Paul Goldschmidt is slashing .522/.593/1.348 with five home runs, two doubles, one triple and nine runs scored. Goldschmidt is 9-for-20 (.450) with four home runs against German Marquez in his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2018 thru 9/13/2018
(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, both coming off series losses, begin a key four-game series Monday in the tight National League West.

The Rockies dropped the rubber game of their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 on Sunday. The defeat trimmed the Rockies' lead over the Dodgers to a half-game in the division. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks lost Sunday for the 11th time in 16 games, yielding six runs in the ninth inning and losing 9-5 to the Atlanta Braves.

The Diamondbacks remained 2 1/2 games behind the Rockies and are second, three games behind in the race for the second NL wild-card spot.

German Marquez (11-9, 4.05 ERA) will start for the Rockies against Zack Godley (14-8, 4.51).

Marquez is 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his past five home starts, four of which the Rockies have won. He has piled up 25 strikeouts in his past two starts, including 11 on Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants when he gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings and won as the Rockies triumphed 6-2.

In his past eight starts, Marquez is 3-1 with a 2.24 ERA with 13 walks, 72 strikeouts and 38 hits allowed in 56 2/3 innings. Opponents are batting .189 against Marquez in that stretch with a .539 OPS.

He's 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against the Diamondbacks this year and 1-4 with a 4,72 ERA against them in 11 games (10 starts).

Godley has never lost to the Rockies. He's 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA against them in two starts this season and 4-0 with a 3.15 ERA against them in seven games (five starts).

Godley has pitched five innings in three of his past five starts, including Monday against San Diego when he allowed two hits and four runs and took the loss as the Diamondbacks fell 6-2. But in his previous start on Aug. 29 at San Francisco, Godley allowed two hits and one run in season-high 7 2/3 innings and was the winner in Arizona's 3-1 victory,

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was rested Saturday night, was 5-for-41 and hitless in 15 consecutive at-bats when he when he belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning on Sunday, his first home run since Aug. 24.

"Obviously, it stinks that we couldn't win, but it felt good that I was able to hit a ball hard there," Arenado said. "We can't let this game affect us. We know we got a big series coming up here with the Diamondbacks. Losing's never fun, but when you have big games coming up -- which we put ourselves in that position, -- it's easier to move on."

The Diamondbacks are 7-5 against the Rockies this year and 4-2 at Coors Field.

Arizona outfielder David Peralta was not in the lineup Sunday but singled home a run as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. He injured his left ankle running out a fielder's choice in the eighth inning Saturday night.

"David kind of banged up his ankle," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told reporters before Sunday's game. "He was lunging at first base. It's nothing that's going to prolong things, as I've been told. He could have played today. I want to protect a little bit of that bump and a bruise and also get him ready for that Colorado series."

With good reason, considering the damage Peralta has done against the Rockies and at Coors Field. He's hitting .450 (18-for-40) against the Rockies this season in 10 games with a 1.213 OPS, five doubles, two homers and nine RBIs. And in 26 career games at Coors Field, Peralta is hitting .354 with a .923 OPS, six doubles, one triple, three homers and 15 RBIs.

Updated September 10, 2018

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