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Jennifer Stewart/Getty ImagesThe Colorado Rockies (79-64)
will look to continue their recent dominance of the Arizona Diamondbacks (76-68)
on Tuesday when they host them again as small home underdogs at sportsbooks in
the second game of a key four-game divisional series.The Rockies own a 1.5-game
lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West Blaine
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13-2 on Monday.MLB betting line: The Diamondbacks opened as -119 favorites
(wager $119 to win $100); the total is at 10 runs, according to sportsbooks
monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via
OddsShark computer: 4.5-4.3, Rockies (MLB picks on every game)Check out the
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information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting
news.Why the Diamondbacks can pay on the MLB linesArizona has dropped five of
the past six meetings with Colorado, according to the OddsShark MLB Database,
but fortunately for the D-backs, ace Zack Greinke (13-9, 3.08 ERA) will toe the
rubber in one of the team's most important games of the season.While the
34-year-old is winless in his last two starts Trevor
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, the Diamondbacks would not want any other pitcher
going to the mound in this spot. Greinke is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in three outings
versus the Rockies this season, and one of those wins took place at Coors Field.
Why the Rockies can pay on the MLB linesColorado has more momentum than any team
in the division right now and plays the next 12 games against NL West foes,
including six more versus Arizona.The Rockies will counter Greinke with Antonio
Senzatela (4-5, 4.92 ERA), and he has earned three of his wins at Coors this
year. Last time out, the 23-year-old allowed three runs and nine hits in five
innings with two walks and six strikeouts against the San Francisco Giants on
Wednesday, and Colorado was able to pull off a 5-3 victory. If Senzatelacan
avoid pitching worse than that here, the Rockies will have a solid chance to
win.Smart betting pickEven though Senzatela has picked up three of his four wins
at home, his ERA is 5.04 and opposing hitters are hitting .328 against him
there. That is not good obviously Melky
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, and he is also 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two games
versus the D-backs this season.This is a must-win matchup for Arizona, so look
for the team to back up its status as a road favorite by coming through with a
big victory to end its three-game losing streak. MLB betting trendsThe total has
gone over in each of Arizona's last five games.The total has gone over in four
of Arizona's last six games against Colorado.Arizona is 15-8 in its last 23
games when playing Colorado.All MLB odds and betting trends according to
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this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. DENVER
(AP) — Miles Mikolas had some pitches he’d rather have back. His swing was a
keeper.Mikolas and Tyler O’Neill each homered and the St. Louis Cardinals leaned
on their bullpen to withstand a Colorado rally and beat the Rockies 7-5 Friday
night for their fourth straight win.O’Neill also had an RBI double and Kolten
Wong added three hits and a sacrifice fly for the Cardinals in a game between
teams in the thick of their respective division races and running 1-2 in the NL
wild-card race. It was also St. Louis’ ninth win in a row on the road.“(Mikolas)
hit one earlier in the year and we knew he was going to probably run into
another one at some point,” said Bud Norris, who got three outs for his 27th
save, capping 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief by the Cardinals’ bullpen.
“Obviously, that swing helped us win a ball game and definitely was doing your
part on the offensive side, too.”The Rockies pulled within two runs with a
five-run fifth that featured a two-run drive by Charlie Blackmon and a solo shot
by Nolan Arenado, both off Mikolas ,
who helped St. Louis take a 7-0 lead by hitting a two-run homer as part of a
four-run second.Mikolas had stranded five base runners over the first four
innings but could not get out of the fifth.He was relieved by Chasen Shreve
after Carlos Gonzalez scored from third on Ian Desmond’s fielder’s choice and
Ryan McMahon hit a two-out RBI single that drove in Desmond, who had reached
third on second baseman Wong’s throwing error.“They got hold of two bad breaking
balls, but other than that, I thought all the other contact that inning was
pretty soft, a couple bloopers, seeing-eye singles stuff, like that,” Mikolas
said. “I’ll beat myself up over those breaking balls but other than that they
got a couple of hits that weren’t so good.”Besides, he can take some solace in
the difference his home run made in the game.“I’ve got the juice right now for
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, so that’s nice. That’s something that will help me go to
bed tonight,” said Mikolas, also tipping his cap to the bullpen for picking him
up.Carlos Martinez (7-6) picked up the victory with 1 2/3 innings of hitless
relief.Norris gave up a two-out double to Ryan McMahon and walked pinch-hitter
Chris Iannetta before retiring D.J. LeMahieu on a fielder’s choice for the final
out.“The game got ugly earlier, but we didn’t give up,” Gonzalez said. “We put
some runs (up). We scored five that inning to put us back in the game. But they
also pitched well. Their bullpen came in and shut us down.”Leading off the
second, O’Neill drove a 1-2 offering from Antonio Senzatela (4-4) deep into the
left-field bleachers for his fifth home run of the season, marking the 16th
straight game in which the Cardinals homered. The streak is the longest since
St. Louis connected in a club-record 25 straight games in 2016.Jedd Gyorko
worked a one-out walk and Wong singled before Senzatela struck out Harrison
Bader. But after Gyorko scored from third on a passed ball, Mikolas homered over
the wall in straightaway center for his second of the season. The right-hander
also homered for his first big league hit April 2 at Milwaukee.“He got the ball
up and they made him pay,” Rockies manager Bud Black said of Senzatela. “He
didn’t really have any consistent secondary pitches tonight. Probably too many
mistakes and just really couldn’t string any pitches together all night.”The
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, moving out to a 7-0 lead on run-scoring doubles by
Gyorko and O’Neill and a sacrifice fly by Wong.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: RHP
Michael Wacha threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday night in his second rehab
start for Class A Palm Beach against Fort Myers. He’s expected to throw a
bullpen session Sunday before making a third rehab start on Tuesday, most likely
at Class AA Springfield. Wacha went on the 10-day disabled list June 21 with a
left oblique strain. “He’s in the conversation to come back and pitch in early
September but what day that looks like — he’s not there yet,” interim manager
Mike Shildt said.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP John Gant (5-5, 3.76 ERA) has posted a
2.30 ERA over his last three starts spanning 15 2/3 innings. He is making his
first career appearance against the Rockies.Rockies: RHP German Marquez (11-9,
4.42 ERA) is set to make his third career start against the Cardinals but first
in more than a year. He won his previous outings against St. Louis, both at
Coors Field, going 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA over a combined 10 2/3 innings.
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