DENVER – The Colorado Rockies began a four-game set with their division rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, on Monday night after a frustrating series with the Los Angeles Dodgers left them just a half-game up in the race for the NL West crown.

With the Snakes looking for an opportunity to get right back into the thick of things, Colorado pounced with a statement win in the first game, doing damage to the bullpen and the scoreboard with a massive 13-2 win.

With the victory, Colorado sent a message that they are still the team to beat in this division, and that when they have the offense going, they can beat any team on any day.

There have been a lot of questions about who will step up in this all-important stretch. Will one of the stars of the team play like one? Will the veteran role players step up or will it be the young guys? But the one constant through it all has been the top three members of the starting pitching rotation.

German Marquez continued his sparkling season on Monday night, twirling seven innings of record-setting baseball. He allowed just one earned run while striking out 11 batters in yet another display of swing-and-miss dominance.

Marquez became just the second pitcher in franchise history with three straight double-digit strikeout games. Pedro Astacio had four in a row back in 2000. Marquez’ 44 Ks in three games is a franchise record.

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Drew Creasman

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 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.