With little margin for error as the season dwindles down, the Colorado Rockies turned to Senza the Magnificent.
And he delivered.
Starter Antonio Senzatela retired the first 14 batters and went on to throw seven brilliant innings in the Rockies 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Senzatela gave up one run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
He received four runs of support in the third inning.
Chris Iannetta had a two-run single to get the Rockies on the scoreboard. David Dahl and Garrett Hampson also had RBI base hits.
That was more than enough for Senatela, who mowed through the Diamondbacks order with relative ease.
The win evened his record at 6-6.
The Rockies did not get any help in the playoff chase. The Dodgers beat the Padres 7-2. L.A. still leads Colorado by a game-and-a-half in the N.L. West.
The Cardinals defeated the Giants, 5-4 in 10 innings, and they also have a game-and-a-half lead over the Rockies in the race for the second N.L. Wild Card.
Sunday's series finale against the D'backs will be on 630 KHOW. Coverage starts with Rockies Q&A at 1:05 p.m.
Here are the updated N.L. West standings through Saturday, Sept. 22.
Here are the updated N.L. Wild Card standings through Saturday, Sept. 22.
After the Rockies win, KOA NewsRadio Voice of the Rockies Jerry Schemmel caught up with infielder Garrett Hampson.
Postgame comments from Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela.
Postgame comments from Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta.
Postgame comments from Rockies manager Bud Black.