Many will say the Colorado Rockies can only hit at home at Coors Field. Well, Wednesday night they proved they could hit just about anywhere, defeating the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, 9-2.
Colorado got the party started in the first inning after two, two-out hits from Troy Tulowitzki (single) and Carlos Gonzalez (double) to put runners on second and third with two outs. Up came Nolan Arenado who looked to extend his hitting streak to 27-games and tie the club record (Michael Cuddyer – 13′). He did just that, roping an RBI double to the wall in left scoring two as the Rockies took the 2-0 lead.
Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis ran into some trouble in the top half of the fourth inning as Drew Stubbs would single to right. Stubbs would end up stealing second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Michael McKenry would capitalize with an RBI single to left to push the Rockies lead to three. Charlie Blackmon would collect an RBI single of his own to right field plating McKenry, giving the Rockies a 4-0 lead. After back-to-back sac-fly’s by Corey Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez would absolutely crush a pitch over the fence in right-center for the 7-0 lead.
Texas would break up Jorge De La Rosa‘s perfect game in the fourth inning after a Michael Choice single to left. Adrian Beltre who is starting to heat up, clubbed a two-run shot to straight-away center to bring the lead to within five. De La Rosa would only give up one more hit as he pitched six strong innings, giving up three hits, two runs, two earned, three walks, and four strikeouts. His counterpart Lewis was done after 3 1/2 innings, giving up 12 hits, 7 runs, 7 earned, and 1 strikeout.
Colorado would get on the board yet again in the top half of the fifth inning. After a Drew Stubbs double to into the gap in left-center, DJ LeMahieu would rip a triple to the fence in left, plating Stubbs. Corey Dickerson would follow-up with an RBI single to left, as it was all Rockies up 9-2.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Charlie Blackmon: 2-for-5, R, RBI.
- Carlos Gonzalez: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R.
- Nolan Arenado: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI. (27-game hit streak)
- Drew Stubbs: 2-for-4, 2B.
- DJ LeMahieu: 3-for-3, 2 R.
- Jorge De La Rosa (W, 4-3): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO. 104 pitches, 60 strikes.
- Chris Martin: 1.0 IP, 0 H.
- Nick Masset: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO.
- Boone Logan: 0.2 IP, 0 H.
- LaTroy Hawkins: 0.1 IP, 1 H.
The Colorado Rockies (22-14) defeat the Rangers, 9-2. They are back at it tomorrow night as Colorado sends Franklin Morales (3-1, 5.05 ERA) up against Texas southpaw Matt Harrison (0-0, 4.35 ERA). First-pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM ET, 6:05 PM MT.