DENVER – There was no getting around how important this 10-game homestand was going to be for the Colorado Rockies chances at winning their first ever divisional title and making the postseason in consectuive seasons for the first time in franchise history.

Sweeping the Giants then taking a frustrating 2-1 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Rockies bounced back in a big way by not only taking three of four from the Arizona Diamondbacks but doing so in dominant fashion as showcased in a 10-3 win on Thursday.

The offense that has been up and down all season, reached double digits for the second time in the set against the team with the third best ERA in the NL. Scoring early and often, the 10 runs came on 16 hits and every single member of the lineup got on base at least once.

But it was the big stars of the team including Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story continuing their battle for MVP honors, that shined the brightest in one of the best all-around wins of 2018.

Kyle Freeland was better than his final line would suggest, dominating most of the game and even contributing on offense. He didn’t finish the game the way he would have liked but is still an automatic quality start at Coors Field at the very least.

Colorado caught a break before they even went to bat, finding out that starter Clay Buchholtz (who has been hot lately) was a late scratch with right elbow tightness and they would instead be facing reliever Matt Koch.

The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the first despite a leadoff single from David Dahl being erased on a double play off the bat of DJ LeMahieu. Arenado followed that moment of frustration by launching the very first pitch he saw 464 feet onto the concourse in left field for his 34th home run of the season.

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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.