Series: Game 3 of 4

Colorado leads 3-0 (as of 9/20)

Game 1: Thursday, September 18
Game 2: Friday, September 19
Game 3: Saturday, September 20
Game 4: Sunday, September 21

Diamondbacks 1

(62-93, 30-47 away)

Rockies 5

(64-91, 44-36 home)

    Coverage:  ROOT

    4:10 PM ET, September 20, 2014

    Coors Field, Denver, Colorado 

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    COL 10301000 - 5 11 0

    W: E. Butler (1-1)

    L: T. Cahill (3-12)

    Diamondbacks-Rockies Preview


    Michael Cuddyer is a big reason why the Colorado Rockies no longer own the worst record in the NL.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have also played a pretty big role.

    Cuddyer looks to continue closing out an injury-plagued season in strong form Saturday and help the Rockies match their longest winning streak of the season with another victory over the Diamondbacks.

    Cuddyer won last year's NL batting title with a career-best .331 average, but hamstring, shoulder and elbow injuries have prevented him from even having a chance to defend that crown.

    "You can't control any of that stuff, obviously," Cuddyer said. "I didn't want to get hurt. I didn't try to get hurt, but I did. To think of what might have been, you're just doing yourself a disservice. There's no point in doing that. The only thing you can do when you get out there on the field is play hard and hopefully things go your way."

    They're certainly going his way lately, as he's 12 for 25 with six doubles, two homers and nine RBIs in six games. He's been particularly impressive in leading Colorado (63-91) to wins in the first two of this four-game set with Arizona (62-92), totaling six hits with three doubles and two homers while driving in eight runs.

    Cuddyer connected for a grand slam and a pair of doubles while accumulating a career-high seven RBIs in the Rockies' 15-3 rout of the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    "When he's been out there, he's showing he's still an elite hitter in this game," manager Walt Weiss said. "He gets the barrel of his bat to the ball with impact."

    Cuddyer is also impacting a dubious race, as Colorado tries to avoid a third straight last-place finish in the NL West. A four-game winning streak has moved the Rockies one-game clear of Arizona and the division cellar.

    The Rockies had a season-high five-game winning streak from June 11-15.

    The Diamondbacks haven't looked capable of stopping Cuddyer or the Rockies, losing four straight during which their relievers have surrendered 15 runs in 10 1/3 innings.

    Trevor Cahill (3-11, 5.38 ERA) doesn't seem a likely candidate to end Arizona's skid since he's 0-3 with a 9.53 ERA over his last four starts.

    The right-hander failed to complete six innings for the fourth straight outing Sunday, allowing four runs over four innings in an 8-6 win over San Diego.

    "He's just trying to find out what he needs to do to find that consistent outing," manager Kirk Gibson told MLB's official website. "Sometimes he finds it and it seems to go in and out."

    Cahill was effective in his only start in four appearances against Colorado this year, permitting three runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 14-4 win Aug. 9.

    The Rockies are sending Eddie Butler (0-1, 10.13) to the mound after recalling him from Double-A Tulsa earlier this week.

    The 23-year-old right-hander is considered one of the team's top prospects, but he was tagged for six runs and 10 hits with three walks in 5 1/3 innings of a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his major league debut June 6. However, rotator cuff inflammation landed him on the disabled list three days later.

    Butler went 1/3 with a 5.63 ERA over his last four starts in the minors.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L4
    Last 102-85-5

    Pitching Matchup

    T. Cahill
    3-12, 5.61 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs STL
    5.1 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND
    E. Butler
    1-1, 6.75 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at LAD
    4.2 IP, 5 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. E. Inciarte, LF C. Blackmon, CF
    2. D. Peralta, RF J. Rutledge, SS
    3. A. Pollock, CF J. Morneau, 1B
    4. M. Trumbo, 1B C. Dickerson, LF
    5. M. Montero, C M. McKenry, C
    6. C. Owings, 2B B. Paulsen, RF
    7. J. Lamb, 3B R. Ynoa, 3B
    8. D. Gregorius, SS C. Adames, 2B
    9. T. Cahill, P E. Butler, P

    Research Notes

    Colorado Rockies' hitters have slugged a MLB-best .387 in at-bats to end on a pitch in the lower third of the zone or below. No qualified pitcher has thrown a higher percentage of pitches in that zone since the All-Star Break than Trevor Cahill (61.8 percent).

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