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ARI@NYM: Arroyo allows one run over six

After the Rockies and D-backs combined to score 24 runs on 34 hits on Wednesday, it'll be up to Juan Nicasio and Bronson Arroyo to calm the offensive tides Thursday as the two right-handers square off in the National League West series finale. 

The D-backs will be looking to complete their first sweep of the season while the Rockies try to snap their season-high six game skid.

For an injury-depleted Colorado club, outfielder Corey Dickerson will see the majority of playing time with outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left index finger.

In 38 games, Dickerson is batting .345 (30-for-87) with seven home runs and 16 RBIs.

"It's a good opportunity for all the guys that need some at bats," Dickerson said. "But CarGo is a big piece of the team. I don't look at it as trying to do anything more than helping the team by playing my game because my game is what I bring and that's why I'm here."

Gonzalez has been a key contributor for the Rockies since debuting with the team in 2009. In each of the last five seasons, he has hit at least 22 home runs, driven in 70 or more runs and hit no lower than .284.

However, Gonzalez started 2014 slowly. Before suffering the injury, Gonzalez was hitting .255 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. Fortunately for the Rockies, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has picked up the slack, hitting .353 with an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.125.

But Dickerson has shown that he can add value to the lineup. Despite making only 21 starts so far this season, he has earned a WAR (wins above replacement) of 1.1.

"It always feels good to play every day to get a rhythm going. You can work out of slumps and continue to learn the game. I just look at it as an opportunity to help the game as best as I can."

D-backs: Offense looks to continue barrage after big win
The 16 runs the D-backs put up at Coors Field on Wednesday night was the second most they have scored in a game in 2014, and they will aim to put together a similar campaign in the series finale.

The D-backs amassed 21 hits in their drubbing of the Rockies on Wednesday. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and catcher Miguel Montero alone combined for 10 RBIs.

Montero in particular hopes this game sparks some momentum. The veteran catcher is looking to overcome a May slump. He hit only .229 with 10 RBIs while primarily hitting in the cleanup spot.

"I told [assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco] in batting practice, 'Man, when am I going to get one of those crazy days where you get six, seven RBIs?'" Montero said after the game. "And boom, here it goes today, six. I guess I called it."

Two of the D-backs' three highest scoring outings have come in the last 10 days, and they're hoping that trend continues and they can right the ship after starting the season poorly.

"The Diamondbacks have fought their way back," Tulowitzki said. "They started off awful but they're starting to get hot and playing good baseball. Those guys still have some fight in them."

Rockies: Nicasio hoping to change history
Nicasio hasn't pitched well against the D-backs in his career, but he'll have a chance to change that on Thursday.

Although he is 2-1 against the D-backs, Nicasio has a 6.23 ERA and has walked nearly as many batters (17) as he has struck out (22) in the six games he has faced them. 

Coming off one of Arizona's best offensive performances of the season, Nicasio has a tall task in front of him.

Most of the D-backs' hitters have fared well off Nicasio in the past. Goldschmidt has three hits and three RBIs in nine at-bats off of him.

However, many Rockies batters have had similar success against Arroyo. For example, Tulowitzki has four hits, including a home run, in eight at-bats against the veteran, making Thursday's game another potential slugfest.

Worth noting
• Infielder Didi Gregorious made his first start since March 23 on Wednesday, going 3-for-6 with a home run.

• Only one starting position player -- Rockies third baseman Charlie Culberson -- did not collect a hit in the D-backs' 16-8 win over the Rockies on Wednesday. Comments