The Colorado Rockies have broken their franchise record for road victories in a season that continues to be confounding and amazing in equal parts. Coming off a brutal sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, they achieve this incredible feat with one of their best wins of the season.

Friday night’s contest between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Rockies looked like a classic pitcher’s duel from the get-go. The home team sent perennial All-Star and former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke to the hill and the visitors matched with German Marquez, who has been on an absolute tear in the second half and is threatening to break his club’s all-time mark for strikeouts.

Both men were fantastic, matching each other over seven innings (7.1 for Greinke) and giving up two runs. Marquez, in particular, was brilliant, striking out 11 in the game to become only the third pitcher in franchise history (Ubaldo Jiminez, Pedro Astacio) to record 200 Ks in a season.

The offense, which has been stuck on the mud all road trip, rallied late against the Arizona bullpen to complete one of their best all-around wins of the season.

As is par for the course, the Diamondbacks took the lead in the first inning that continues to plague Rockies pitching. Jon Jay led the game off with a double over the head of Charlie Blackmon in center field. Marquez bounced back to strike out Eduardo Escobar but David Peralta turned on a fastball in the highest and tightest portion of the zone and launched it over the wall in right field for a two-run home run.

Marquez quickly settled in and would retire the next seven straight.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.