DENVER (AP) — Ketel Marte was told his playing time would decrease. A struggling bullpen was informed their roles would be juggled.They responded in a big way. Marte drove in four runs Brian Goodwin Jersey , including a two-out, two-run triple to break a sixth-inning tie, reliever Yoshihisa Hirano helped Arizona weather a ninth-inning scare for his first big league save and the Diamondbacks pulled closer in the NL West standings by beating the first-place Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Tuesday night.The Diamondbacks cut their deficit in the division to 2½ games. The Rockies maintained a 1½ -game advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost for a second straight day in Cincinnati. Colorado is chasing after its first NL West crown in franchise history.“We needed to win a game,” said reliever Brad Ziegler, whose team stopped a three-game skid. “It doesn’t matter how it happens as long as we walk away happy at the end of the night.”With Marte, the plan is to use the Daniel Descalso a little more down the stretch. Marte made his case to remain in the lineup with his league-leading 11th triple. He also added a two-run single in the eighth for a 6-3 lead.“I’ll be ready whenever they need me,” Marte said.As for the bullpen, it’s been altered after some struggles of late.“They kind of said from about the sixth inning on http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-reynolds-jersey , everybody be ready at any point,” Ziegler explained.Zack Greinke (14-9) gave up two runs in the first before recovering his command to allow three runs in 6 2/3 innings. He retired 15 straight batters at one point as he beat the Rockies for a third time this season.Pinch-hitter Matt Holliday nearly tied the game at 4 in the seventh off Greinke, with his two-out double to right-center hitting off the top of the wall. That would’ve been a homer in his first stint with the Rockies, but team the raised the wall in 2016.Andrew Chafin relieved Greinke and walked two straight. He was replaced by Brad Ziegler, who retired DJ LeMahieu on a groundout. Ziegler also bottled up the Rockies in the eight.Jake Diekman started the ninth, only to surrender a double to Carlos Gonzalez and a bunt single to Ryan McMahon. Hirano struck out two straight, then retired Charlie Blackmon on a flyout.“We had a lot of chances. Tonight we didn’t get the big hit,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “They made some pitches when they needed to.”Antonio Senzatela (4-6) gave up two runs in the first and four runs total over six innings. The Rockies pitching staff has a 7.75 ERA in the opening frame.Senzatela was cruising along until two outs in the sixth when he thought he threw strike three to end a harmless inning. Paul Goldschmidt took the pitch for a ball and followed with a double. A.J. Pollock reached on an infield single, and Marte lined a changeup past a diving McMahon at first to make 4-2.Greinke masterfully varied speeds and pitches all night to keep the Rockies off balance. A sample: He struck out McMahon on a 90 mph fastball Brandon Kintzler Jersey , Tony Wolters on a 83 mph slider and both Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez on curves ranging from 65-to-67 mph.“You just never know what you’re going to get,” Story said. “He just keeps hitters off balance.”EXPLOSIVE FIRSTDavid Peralta hit a two-run homer in the first that landed in the trees over the fence in straightaway center. Colorado answered as Blackmon doubled to lead off the first. Nolan Arenado and Story both delivered RBI doubles.THIS & THATGoldschmidt finished 1 for 3 with a walk to extend his streak of reaching base in road games to 47 straight. … Greinke struck out five to reach 2,421 and move one ahead of Max Scherzer for 43rd place. … Story has 100 RBIs to become the second major league shortstop with at least 30 homers, 100 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in a season. Story joins Alex Rodriguez.UP NEXTThe Diamondbacks send LHP Patrick Corbin (11-9, 3.01) to the mound Wednesday against the Rockies. He’s 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA against the division this season. The Rockies will throw righty Jon Gray (11-7, 4.69), who is 4-0 with a 3.17 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. NEW YORK — The American League East race is officially over and the New York Yankees can turn their focus toward more pressing matters.Among them are securing home-field advantage in the wild-card game over the hard-charging Oakland Athletics and starting to get Giancarlo Stanton back on track.The Yankees get a chance to do both Friday night when they host the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series.Article continues below ...New York (93-59) enters the series with a 1 1/2 game lead over Oakland for home field in the wild-card game Oct. 3. The Yankees last held first place July 1 and were officially eliminated with Thursday’s 11-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox.“This stings a little bit; we also feel like we’ve gotten our guys back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said while alluding to the recent returns of Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-tanner-roark-jersey , Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez from the disabled list. “We feel like we’re in position to hopefully take off and really start playing well and we’ll have that expectation and intention going into tomorrow.”While Oakland is a major-league best 58-25 since June 15, the Yankees are 48-38 in the same period. They also are 39-32 since last holding first place July 1 and 10-12 since their last meeting with Baltimore on Aug. 26 in Camden Yards.“We just want to play well,” Boone said. “Obviously over the last whatever we’ve been a little bit up and down and kind of fighting to get healthy and kind of fighting to get healthy and just not as consistent as we’ve wanted to be.”One positive for the Yankees was Giancarlo Stanton hitting a grand slam to provide a short-term 6-4 lead Thursday. Stanton is 9-for-62 in 16 games this month and before the division was officially decided, Boone said he thought the slugger’s timing was off.“That’s what he’s really battling to find that good timing and when he does, and I believe he will then it gets really impactful,” Boone said.Stanton’s homer was New York’s 247th of the season.Luke Voit set the new record two innings earlier, breaking the team record previously achieved in 2012. He also is the 12th Yankee to reach double figures, which is a major league record.The Orioles (44-108) will attempt to win consecutive game for the first time since Aug. 27-29 in a three-game sweep of Toronto and are 4-14 since.Baltimore established the team record for losses with a 6-4 defeat to Toronto Tuesday but ensured it will not match the 2003 Detroit Tigers for the most losses in the AL by getting a 2-1 win on Wednesday.“I was thinking about it tonight how many times I walked down that long hall to get here after a great win, trying to temper the enthusiasm Authentic Pat Tillman Jersey ,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I still feel elated after we win a game and then I think about all the good things that went on, especially defensively tonight.”The Orioles remain three losses shy of the franchise mark set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns but Wednesday, rookie D.J. Stewart hit his first career homer.Despite the record, the Orioles have done decently against the Yankees, especially in New York. While they are 6-10 in the season series, the Orioles are 4-2 at Yankee Stadium.New York’s CC Sabathia (7-7, 3.80 ERA) looks to halt his six-game winless skid when he starts Friday. Since allowing a hit in six scoreless innings Aug. 12 against Texas, Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA. He looks to rebound from an awful outing in last Saturday’s 8-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays when he allowed five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest start since May 23 Pat Tillman Jersey Limited , 2015.The left-hander is 19-11 with a 4.14 ERA in 44 career starts against Baltimore. If he wins Friday, Sabathia will own at least 20 victories over four teams (also Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota).He is winless in his last 10 starts against Baltimore since May 4, 2016, including 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts this season.Yefry Ramirez (1-6, 5.50 ERA) makes his 11th career start and 16th appearance with Baltimore. Ramirez is 1-6 with a 6.60 ERA as a starting pitcher after posting a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings as a reliever.Ramirez’s last start might have been his best. He returned to the rotation for the first time since Aug. 19 and in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox, he allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.Ramirez started against the Yankees on July 31 in New York when he allowed six runs on six hits in five innings of a 6-3 loss. He also pitched the final three innings of a 5-3 setback in Baltimore on Aug. 26 and allowed four runs in four innings on July 9 in Baltimore.Ramirez is a former Yankee minor leaguer and was 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Trenton in 2017 before joining the Orioles.