DENVER – Everyone in the Colorado Rockies clubhouse likes the days when Kyle Freeland pitches. And this was one of those days.

Reeling just a few days ago from having lost nine straight at home to division rivals, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Rockies fed off the energy of their young starter to win the game 5-1 and take their fourth straight series.

The bullpen allowed just two baserunners—both coming against inarguably their best reliever—and the offense wore down Robbie Ray until finally breaking through late with some clutch pinch-hitting.

It wasn’t the best outing of Freeland’s season, but it might have been the gutsiest. Battling all afternoon with a determined Diamondbacks lineup, he needed every pitch in his arsenal to get through just over five innings, but every time he had a chance to fold, he instead rose to the moment.

The battle began right away.

Freeland got ahead of Jon Jay 1-2 but a pitch ran too far inside and plunked him in the first at-bat of the game. As almost always seems to happen when the leadoff man gets aboard by means other than a hit, he came around to score on a pair of well struck, but still perfectly placed groundball singles from Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock.

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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.