- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PHOENIX (AP) - Mark Reynolds homered and doubled, Miguel Montero added a three-run homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated Colorado 6-3 on Monday night.

Reynolds hit a solo homer _ his third _ in the second inning and added an RBI double in the fourth off Jason Marquis (2-1), who is 0-4 lifetime at Chase Field.

Ian Stewart hit his third homer for the Rockies, who have dropped seven of eight to fall into a last-place tie with San Francisco in the NL West.

Jon Garland (2-1) went 6 2-3 innings, allowing one earned run and six hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth for his third save in four chances.

The Diamondbacks entered 5 1-2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West _ their biggest deficit since Oct. 1, 2006, when they finished 12 games out of first.

Arizona’s biggest problem has been at the plate. The Diamondbacks entered with a .215 team batting average, 15th in the NL, and they had more strikeouts (88) than base hits (83).

But the Diamondbacks’ hitters awoke against Marquis, who had allowed three earned runs in his first two starts.

Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the second, when Reynolds hit a 2-0 delivery from Marquis into the left field bleachers.

The Rockies tied it at 1-all on Dexter Fowler’s RBI single in the third.

Back-to-back doubles by Chad Tracy and Reynolds in the fourth put Arizona ahead 2-1, and the Diamondbacks blew the game open with four runs in the fifth, the last three coming on Montero’s first-pitch homer into the pool area beyond the right-center field wall.

Marquis gave up six runs and nine hits in five innings, walking two and striking out two.

Notes:@ Arizona SS Stephen Drew missed a third straight start with a left hamstring injury. … The Rockies open with 11 of their first 14 games on the road, and this is their second trip to Phoenix in three weeks. By the end of this three-game series, the Rockies will have played twice as many games in Chase Field (six) as Coors Field (three). … Colorado will start minor-league LHP Franklin Morales on Tuesday. The club has to make a roster move before the game. Colorado will throw another lefty, Jorge De La Rosa, at Arizona in Wednesday’s series finale. The Diamondbacks, stacked with righty hitters, are 0-5 against lefthanded starters.

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