Miley wins 16th as Diamondbacks top Rockies 15-5
DENVER (AP) — Wade Miley showed no signs he was feeling ill when he took the mound to face the Colorado Rockies.
An offensive outburst by the Arizona Diamondbacks left the rookie pitcher in even better shape.
Miley tossed six innings for his 16th win, Chris Johnson homered among his three hits and drove in three runs, and the Diamondbacks beat the slumping Rockies 15-5 on Friday night.
Miguel Montero had three hits and three RBIs, and Adam Eaton added a home run for the Diamondbacks, who set season-highs with 15 runs and 19 hits. Every position player had at least one hit.
"We haven't had one of these in a while, so it felt good," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Contributions from everybody."
Miley (16-10) shook off an illness to become the second rookie NL pitcher since 1986 to win 16 games, according to the Diamondbacks. Jason Jennings also won 16 for Colorado in 2002 when he was the NL Rookie of the Year.
Miley didn't consider skipping the start.
"I was going to pitch regardless," he said. "It started last night, just a little sore throat. I woke up this morning all right. As the day went on, I felt a little weak but I was able to battle through it."
Miley was hit hard but kept the damage to a minimum. He allowed five runs and 10 hits and benefited from his team's biggest offensive outburst of the season. Arizona scored in every inning but the second in building a big lead off starter Drew Pomeranz and three relievers.
"You can't pitch much worse than that," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
The Diamondbacks broke open a tie game with a four-run fourth inning against Alex White. Montero singled home Justin Upton, Johnson hit a two-run double, and John McDonald — who also had three hits — had an RBI single to give Arizona an 8-4 lead.
"Every time I threw my two-seamer it got hit, and it was hit hard," White said.
Miley found his groove after getting the lead back and set down nine straight at one point.