Goldschmidt drives in 4, D-backs rally to beat Rockies 11-6
PHOENIX (AP) Shelby Miller was often hurt by a lack of run support last season in Atlanta.
On Tuesday night, he saw it could be a lot different pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in four runs with a solo homer and a bases-loaded triple, and the Diamondbacks stormed back from a four-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6.
''They're unbelievable to watch,'' Miller said. ''They play so hard. They never give up. You can see it in the dugout. ... Just the mentality that they have at the plate and just in general is something like I've never seen before.''
Trevor Story hit the third home run of his two-game major league career to start a six-run Colorado fourth against Miller, but Arizona pitchers blanked the Rockies for the other eight innings.
Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer and DJ LeMahieu had a two-run shot off Miller, acquired by the Diamondbacks in an offseason trade with Atlanta.
Arizona's Jean Segura drove in three runs with a homer and a triple. Nick Ahmed added a pair of RBI singles.
Miller threw two hitless innings after the six-run fourth.
''That was huge, saved the bullpen as well,'' Goldschmidt said. ''I know he was probably frustrated, but to me those were probably the biggest innings when he went back in there the fifth and sixth and put up zeros.''
The Rockies led 6-2 after their big inning but Arizona came back with three in the sixth and six in the seventh. Ahmed singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and Chris Owings brought another home with a pinch-hit single before Goldschmidt cleared the bases with his triple to deep left-center off Jason Gurka.
''They kept battling. They kept grinding,'' Arizona manager Chip Hale said. ''We expect that because that's sort of what they've identified they want to be - the team that never quits.''
Tyler Clippard (1-0) threw a perfect seventh to get the victory in his Diamondbacks debut.
Christian Bergman (0-1) allowed four runs in one inning to take the loss.
''I didn't locate the ball,'' Bergman said. ''It's as simple as that. Not really a whole lot more to add.''
The Diamondbacks had 15 hits to give them 27, the most in their first two games in club history.
Things didn't look good for them early when Miller had an outing that greatly resembled the one teammate Zack Greinke turned in the previous night. Greinke gave up six runs in the third inning of a 10-5 season-opening loss to Colorado.
But Diamondbacks pitchers retired 14 of the last 15 batters while the Arizona offense turned it on.
Goldschmidt has reached base in 37 straight games against the Rockies. That's one shy of the club record for any opponent, set by Luis Gonzalez, also against Colorado, from June 25, 2000, to Sept. 21, 2002.
The Diamondbacks optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno and selected the contract of RHP Kyle Drabek from Reno.
Before the game, Hale apologized to reporters for insinuating Monday night that they had overhyped the season opener.
''I didn't mean to be harsh in any way,'' Hale said. ''I was just stating a fact that even some players talked to me about - that you lose that first game, with the team we believe we can be, and it's almost `the sky-is-falling' type of attitude. ... I didn't want those guys to feel that. I didn't mean to put it on you guys.
''We also think we're a pretty good team, too. There was disappointment.''
Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock underwent surgery to repair his broken right elbow. The team issued a statement saying the operation went well. A plate was inserted on the tip of the elbow. The team said there is no timetable for his return. Pollock was placed on the 60-day DL.
Rockies: Colorado has an afternoon game before finally getting to go home after two-plus months in Arizona, counting spring training. RHP Tyler Chatwood will make his first major league appearance in nearly two years after undergoing two Tommy John surgeries.
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin gets his first start of the season. Corbin was treated cautiously last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the 2014 season, but has no restrictions going into this season.