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DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland got in on the fun at the plate

Marcus Stroman Jersey , too, for the Colorado Rockies.Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh and had two hits, and the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Thursday to maintain their NL West lead.Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered and David Dahl had three hits and two RBIs to help Colorado remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles and increase its advantage over the third-place Diamondbacks to 4 1/2 games. Los Angeles won 9-7 at St. Louis on Thursday night.“We’re playing good baseball, we’re a very confident team,” Arenado said. “Everyone’s playing a part. It’s great.”Freeland played two parts — keeping Arizona’s offense in check until his left calf cramped up in the seventh and doing damage with his bat. He had an RBI double in the second inning and started a rally in the fourth with a bunt single down the third base line.“I was amazed with him today. I really was,” Arenado said. “I was like, ‘He’s an animal. He wants to pitch, he wants to hit Devon Travis Jersey , he wants to run, he just wants to be out there.’ The best pitchers in this game, that’s how they are.”Freeland (15-7) was just as effective on the mound. He allowed two through six innings and left with one out in the seventh after giving up two extra-base hits. A cramp that bothered him in the sixth inning flared up again, but he said he is fine.“I’ve had it on the mound a couple of times before the season,” he said. “It’s nothing that I have concern about.”He was scheduled to face Clay Buchholz in the finale of the four-game series but the Diamondbacks right-hander was scratched from the start because of tightness in his right elbow. Matt Koch (5-5) started in his place and allowed four runs on eight hits in three innings.Manager Torey Lovullo said Buchholz felt the tightness in his elbow 26 pitches into his 32-pitch warmup and he was shut down.“We have learned through some difficult circumstances just get him off the mound and get him evaluated,” Lovullo said. “So he is presently on his way back to Arizona to see our team doctors and obviously get an MRI.”A.J. Pollock homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are 3-12 in September. They lost 5-4 on Wednesday night when DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yoshihisa Hirano in the ninth inning.Arizona trailed 5-1 when Freeland gave up a triple to Steven Souza Jr. and a double to Nick Ahmed in the seventh. Freeland left after manager Bud Black and trainer Keith Dugger came to the mound.Yencey Almonte gave up an RBI double to Ketel Marte that made it 5-3. The Rockies responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning.Things don’t get easier for the Diamondbacks. They head to Houston to play the AL West leaders in a three-game weekend series.“We gotta get going, time is running out,” Souza said. “We are making it more difficult on ourselves but it’s not impossible.”After Arenado and Pollock traded solo home runs Roy Halladay Jersey , Freeland hit an RBI double over Pollock’s head in center to drive in Arenado and give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.Story’s home run in the third made it 4-1 and Freeland came through again in the fourth. He laid down a bunt single down the third base line to lead off and then scored on Dahl’s double to the corner in left.POWER COUPLEArenado and Story entered the franchise record books with their long balls. Arenado’s drive, his team-leading 34th, gave him 100 RBIs to become just the fourth player in Rockies history to have four straight seasons with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.Story’s homer, his 33rd, is the most by a Colorado shortstop. He was tied with Troy Tulowitzki, who had 32 in 2009.Story trails Arenado in homers this season but he did have bragging rights Thursday. His 471-foot drive bested Arenado’s by 6 feet.“I really don’t care too much about that,” Story said. “Maybe later it’s cool to see how far it went. Just trying to put a good swing on the ball. If it goes over the fence, that’s all that matters.”GOING SOCIALThursday’s game was aired exclusively on Facebook Live.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: LHP T.J. McFarland was sent back to Phoenix to have an MRI on his sore elbow. Lovullo said McFarland’s elbow soreness flared up Sunday but has been feeling better. If he checks out Lovullo said he would join the team in Houston.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (5-2 http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , 4.18) will open a three-game series at the Astros on Friday night.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-8, 4.89) will start Colorado’s nine-game trip against San Francisco on Friday night. Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesPhiladelphia Phillies owner John Middleton's plane was in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas on Friday amid contract talks, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.MLB.com's Todd Zolecki confirmed that Middleton's plane was in Las Vegas.MLB Network's Jon Heyman added that Harper and his team were also in Vegas.ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that a deal between Harper and the Phillies will not be reached Friday night "barring something completely unexpected." Passan called the situation a "meet-and-greet" between Harper and Middleton.The meeting comes afterMatt Breenof Philly.com reported Thursday that the Phillies are "confident" they will sign Harper.Phillies officials first met with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, in Las Vegas in January, per Salisbury.Harper is by far the biggest domino left to fall in free agency after infielder Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres this week. The Padres are one of the teams that hadbeen linkedto Harper, but they may be out of the running after committing so much cash to Machado.The Washington Nationals have also been rumored to be in on Harper after he spent the first seven seasons of his career with the organization Roberto Osuna Jersey , but Nats owner Mark Lerner told NBC Sports Washington'sTodd Dybason Friday that he has "moved on" from the six-time All-Star.Other teams that have beenlinkedto Harper include the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox.Per Salisbury, Harper is hoping to top the $300 million Machado got from the Padres as well as the $325 million guaranteed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton got from the Miami Marlins in 2014.The Phillies may be the team that is best positioned to do that since they have shown a willingness to spend this offseason. Philadelphia has signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever David Robertson, as well as traded for shortstop Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto.Those moves have the Phillies looking like a team that could contend in the National League East in 2019 after going 80-82 last season.Adding Harper may put them over the top and make them World Series contenders. The 26-year-old is a one-time NL MVP (2015) who is coming off a season that saw him hit 34 home runs and drive in 100 runs.Regardless of where Harper signs, the shoe figures to drop soon since spring training is already in full swing.

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