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Diamondbacks maintain seven-game lead thanks to Geoff Blum, Wade Miley

Sep 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra AP

Another day, another pair of new heroes for the Diamondbacks.

Utilityman Geoff Blum knocked in three runs and rookie Wade Miley notched the win as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 10-7 on Monday.

One of GM Kevin Towers’ most baffling decisions last winter was to sign Blum to a two-year, $2.7 million contract and set up a third-base platoon of he and Melvin Mora.  Fortunately for the Diamondbacks, both veterans got hurt early and Ryan Roberts shined as the replacement at third base, sending both Blum and Mora into obsolescence.  But while Mora was released long ago, Blum was allowed to spend most of the year chilling on the disabled list.  Activated on Sept. 1, he made his first start since returning today and drove in his third, fourth and fifth runs of the season.

Miley overcame a leadoff homer from Dexter Fowler and another solo shot from Mark Ellis to hold the Rockies to two runs in seven innings.  This year’s Barry Enright, he’s now 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA, even though he’s sporting an ugly 1.61 WHIP after four starts.

The Rockies made this one interesting late, as both Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki homered off Micah Owings in the ninth.  Tulo’s was a three-run shot that gave him his first career 100-RBI season.  However, Bryan Shaw took over after that and got the final out to end the game.

The brightside for the Rockies was undoubtedly Fowler, who also had a double to go along with his two homers.  Since returning from the minors on July 15, he’s hitting a remarkable .316/.406/.565 with three homers, 10 triples and 16 doubles in 193 at-bats.

  1. macjacmccoy - Sep 5, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Hate to say this because they will probably play the Phillies in the first round. But the more I watch them the more they remind me of the 08 Phillies. Over taking a heavily favorite division rival with young up and coming pitching, a dominant closer, a lineup that is knocking the cover off the ball, and a young superstar or 2 on the team. The only thing they are missing is a lights out bullpen. In 2008 the Phillies bullpen was unmatched. If the DiamondBacks can sure things up on that front they will be a very formidable team in the playoffs, and a tough out for any team even the Phillies.

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