Rockies Looking to Make an Impact In Unfriendly Territory Before All-Star Break

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Here's a unique thought.

The Rockies actually looked forward to going on the road.

Notorious since their inception for their woes on the road, the Rockies lost two of the last three games on their recent homestand in ugly fashion.

There was last Friday night when the Rockies were sitting on an 11-4 lead going into the eighth inning only to see the Padres score once in the eighth and six times in the ninth, setting the stage for a 16-12, 12-inning win at Coors Field.

And then, on Sunday, saw a 13-8 lead after six innings of play turned into a 14-13 loss, the Padres rallying for four runs in the ninth off Rockies closer Wade Davis. Davis also gave up the final two runs in a six-run Padres ninth that tied the score at 11-11 and forced the extra innings in what began a 16-12 loss for the Rockies.

Rest assured, the Rockies had reason to celebrate with the opening game of the road trip on Tuesday night. With Antonio Senzatela turning in 6 2/3 strong innings, and Charlie Blackmon continuing his result offensive outburst, along with Nolan Arenado rebounding from a weekend funk.

For Senzatela it was another indication that he is emerging as a key part of the Rockies rotation. He had a quality start for the fourth time in his last five games, the second time against the Diamondbacks in that stretch.

And he had plenty of support.

Blackmon went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double, extending his streak of consecutive games of three or more hits to five, one shy of the MLB record set by Jimmy Johnston of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1923, and matched by Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett in 1976.

More importantly, Nolan Arenado returned to being Nolan Arenado. Having gone 3-for-16 with all three hits singles to go along with five strikeouts in four games after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch from Cubs lefty Cole Hamels. Arenado was 3-for-4 against the Diamondbacks, including a two-run home run that gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. He also doubled and drove in another run.

The Rockies certainly can't afford a letdown. Starting with Tuesday's win in Arizona, the Rockies play 12 of their 18 games leading up to the All-Star Break on the road.

They are 16-19 on the road, but have won only one of their last six road series. They had lost four of eight in their three road series before the arrival in Arizona.

And of the 18 games leading up to the break only three are against a team with a losing record -- next week in San Francisco. They, in fact, have two three-game visits to Arizona, as well as this weekend's visit to Dodger Stadium.

And those six remaining home games? Four are against the Dodgers, who are running away with the NL West -- again -- and two against the Astros.

And the road has never been kind to the Rockies. They have a winning record all-time in only three of the current NL ballparks (other than Coors Field), and one of those is SunTrust Park in Atlanta, where they have played only 10 games. Three of their six worst road records are at the D-backs' Chase Field (.419), Dodger Stadium (.375) and the Giants Oracle Park (.373).