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Gonzales ends 8-start skid, Mariners beat Márquez, Rockies

Gonzales ends 8-start skid, Mariners beat Márquez, Rockies

Marco Gonzales earned his first win in three months and Dylan Moore homered to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Colorado Rockies 6-4By MICHAEL KELLY Associated PressJuly 21, 2021, 5:32 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDENVER — Marco Gonzales earned his first win in three months and Dylan Moore homered to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Tuesday night.Gonzales (2-5) had not won since beating Baltimore on April 15. He’d been 0-4 in eight starts since then and also spent a month on the injured list with a strained left forearm.“The objective was to give us a chance to win the game and that’s exactly what he did. He did his job,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Nice to get Marco that win and really happy with the way he threw the ball.”Gonzales was on the paternity list to be with his wife, Monica, who gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Grace, on June 28. Becoming a father helped change his view on his winless drought.“I had a baby and that put life into perspective,” he said. “There’s a lot of bigger things than wins and losses. It’s hard to get disappointed when you come home to a newborn.”Gonzales allowed two runs in five innings and posted the victory 65 miles from where he grew up in Fort Collins. He got the better of All-Star Germán Márquez, who lost at Coors Field for the first time since May 4.Connor Joe put Colorado ahead 2-0 with his first major league homer, a two-run drive in the fifth. But the normally sharp Márquez couldn’t hold it in the sixth while giving up four runs in his first start since throwing one shutout inning in the All-Star Game on July 13.“We were all fired up for Connor. He’s been swinging the bat really well in the minor leagues and he’s continued to stay hot,” bench coach/acting manager Mike Redmond said. “That’s the beauty of this game, guys get opportunities and take advantage of it. It was a huge lift for us, we just weren’t able to hold them down tonight.”The Mariners started the inning with four straight hits, the last being Cal Raleigh’s two-run double that tied the game. Moore put them ahead with a two-out, two-run homer.Márquez permitted four runs and seven hits in six innings. In his five previous starts combined, he had given up three runs.Ty France hit a two-run double in the seventh for a 6-2 lead. C.J. Cron brought the Colorado closer with his 14th homer, a two-run drive in the eighth.Kendall Graveman worked around a walk in the ninth to pick up his ninth save.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: 1B Evan White will have surgery on his right hip to repair the labrum in the joint, manager Scott Servais said. White will rehab at Seattle’s spring training site in Arizona. … LHP Justus Sheffield (left forearm strain) has started to throw but not off a mound. … RHP Justin Dunn (right shoulder inflammation) will start throwing off a mound in the next week, Servais said.Rockies: Placed INF/OF Chris Owings on the 10-day injured list with a mallet finger of the left thumb and recalled Joe from Triple-A Albuquerque. … OF Raimel Tapia remained was not in the lineup for the fourth straight game. He pinch-hit for the second time since the All-Star break, walking in the ninth.TWICE IS BETTERRaleigh entered Tuesday 0 for 12 but finally got his first career hit with a bloop single to center in the fourth inning. Raleigh, who made his major league debut July 11, kept it up with his two-run double in his next at-bat.“I’d be lying if I told you it wasn’t on my mind, but I knew it was going to come,” Raleigh said of his first hit. “I had hit some balls hard and they didn’t find the hole. Luckily I got one to drop in there.”The rookie catcher also threw out Garrett Hampson at second on a steal attempt in the first inning.UP NEXTThe Rockies are expected to activate LHP Austin Gomber (6-5, 3.86) from the 10-day injured list to make his first start since June 19 on Wednesday. The Mariners have not announced a starter.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Urías, Smith lead Dodgers past virus-impacted Rockies, 10-4

Urías, Smith lead Dodgers past virus-impacted Rockies, 10-4

Julio Urías became the first 12-game winner in the majors, Will Smith drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the coronavirus-compromised Colorado Rockies 10-4By MICHAEL KELLY Associated PressJuly 17, 2021, 5:31 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDENVER — Julio Urías became the first 12-game winner in the majors, Will Smith drove in four runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the coronavirus-compromised Colorado Rockies 10-4 on Friday night.The Rockies were without manager Bud Black and five other team members due to health and safety protocols and contact tracing.“Obviously they’re dealing with some things and for us to be nimble and be ready for whatever is thrown at us is important,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.News of the outbreak came a day after Boston’s scheduled game in New York was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among Yankees players. Boston and New York did play Friday night.In addition to Black, first base coach Ron Gideon and four Rockies players were not available Friday. Right-hander Antonio Senzatela was scheduled to start but was added to the COVID-19 injured list instead, along with fellow pitchers Yency Almonte and Jhoulys Chacín, and outfielder Yonathan Daza.Bench coach Mike Redmond served as acting manager.“What was craziest was we really didn’t know who was going to pitch, if we were going to play or not, what was going to happen,” Smith said.Mookie Betts had three hits and scored twice, and All-Star Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer for the Dodgers. Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit and scored.“Mookie got us started and guys behind him followed suit,” Roberts said. “Julio set the tone early, attacking those guys. All the way up and down the lineup I thought we had good at-bats.”Chi Chi González (3-6) was slated to start Saturday night but was informed Thursday he would be moved up to Friday. The Dodgers scored five runs off him in the first inning, three on Taylor’s 11th homer of the season, and two more in the fourth.“I didn’t have much feel for my slider; that’s what he hit out, a hanging slider,” González said. “Feel for my pitches weren’t the best today.”C.J. Cron hit a grand slam for Colorado in the third inning, but Urías (12-3) didn’t allow another run in 5 2/3 innings. He also had a single and scored.“Just a first-pitch heater, kind of down and in. I dropped the head on it and it went out,” Cron saidLos Angeles added three runs in the fifth off reliever Justin Lawrence.KERSHAW UPDATELos Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw (left forearm) has been sidelined since July 7 and is likely going to remain on the injured list until mid-August. Roberts said it made sense to give Kershaw a respite.“Not sure when he’s going to play catch again but we’re going to take this time to give him a breather,” Roberts said. “It made some sense to cut some of the season off and save some bullets for the rest of the season and throughout the postseason.”TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: SS Corey Seager (right hand) will play a simulated game Saturday at Camelback Ranch, the team’s spring training site. Roberts said Seager will play five or six innings and get three at-bats.Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (left forearm tightness) made a rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque, allowing three runs and five hits in four innings. Gomber was placed on the 10-day injured list June 20.SHERFY ACTIVELos Angeles added reliever Jimmie Sherfy to the active roster and the right-hander pitched the ninth inning. Sherfy was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Tuesday a week after he was designated for assignment.The 29-year-old Sherfy was 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 games with the Giants.UP NEXTRHP Walker Buehler (9-1, 2.36 ERA) will make his second start of the season against Colorado and face Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (1-3, 5.48) on Saturday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Story hits 3-run homer in 7th, Rockies hold off Cards 3-2

Story hits 3-run homer in 7th, Rockies hold off Cards 3-2

Trevor Story snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2By MICHAEL KELLY Associated PressJuly 4, 2021, 6:09 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDENVER — Trevor Story snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Saturday night.“Trevor’s been waiting for that moment,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “He just missed it last night; this one he got. This one he barreled up. That was a moment he’ll cherish for this season. That was big for him.”Daniel Bard struck out Dylan Carlson with runners at second and third for his 12th save.Kyle Freeland allowed three hits over six shutout innings for the Rockies, who have won five of six. Jhoulys Chacín (2-1) worked a perfect seventh.Pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia reached on an infield single with one out in the seventh and Garrett Hampson walked. Yonathan Daza beat out a potential double-play ball before Story hit a 461-foot drive off Génesis Cabrera (1-3) for his 10th homer of the season.“I like ones that are late in the game with a lot on the line, or obviously the walk-offs,” Story said. “Those are always special.”St. Louis got two in the eighth on RBI singles by Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina, but Carlos Estévez left runners at the corners by striking out Harrison Bader.“We’re never out of it,” said Tommy Edman, who doubled before Carlson came to bat in the ninth. “We had a chance in the ninth but unfortunately we weren’t able to finish it off.”Freeland exited Monday’s start when his left hamstring cramped up while he was running the bases. He seemed to aggravate it Saturday night when he ran out a sacrifice bunt, but he stayed in the game and got through the sixth unscathed.“When I was running out of the box, I felt pretty good,” Freeland said. “And then I got about a quarter way, halfway up the line where I kind of got a feeling I should probably shut it down. Don’t want to do anything that’s going to take me out of this game. I got the sacrifice down and did my job that the runner moved over.”Cardinals starter Wade LeBlanc was also effective, scattering three hits and three walks over 5 2/3 scoreless innings.“He’s been tremendous,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “Multiple pitches, throws where he wants, been able to control counts. He’s been phenomenal.”HOME SWEET HOMEThe Rockies are 30-17 at Coors Field with a .281 batting average that is second in the majors. They are 6-31 on the road with a .196 mark that ranks last among the 30 teams.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: OF Tyler O’Neill (finger) was out of the starting lineup. Imaging came back clean and he is day-to-day, Shildt said.Rockies: RHP Robert Stephenson (upper back tightness) should start throwing soon, Black said. … 1B Matt Adams (elbow) has started full baseball activities.SHUFFLING THE DECKThe Cardinals claimed reliever Justin Miller from the Washington Nationals and he joined the team before the game. To make roster room, reliever Roel Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis and ace Jack Flaherty (oblique) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.St. Louis also traded first baseman John Nogowski to Pittsburgh for cash. Nogowski was designated for assignment Monday.FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALLThe Rockies nearly scored in the fourth after second baseman Edmundo Sosa’s relay throw to first on a potential double-play ball was wide. Ryan McMahon tried to score from second, but the ball hit off the dugout wall right to Goldschmidt, who made a barehand grab and cut down McMahon at home to end the inning.UP NEXTCardinals RHP Carlos Martínez (4-9, 6.38 ERA) faces Colorado RHP Germán Márquez (7-6, 3.62) on Sunday. It will be the first start for Márquez since he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning on Tuesday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Díaz's walk-off homer lifts Rockies over Cardinals, 5-2

Díaz's walk-off homer lifts Rockies over Cardinals, 5-2

Elías Díaz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Colorado Rockies a rain-delayed 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, spoiling Nolan Arenado’s return to Coors FieldBy MICHAEL KELLY Associated PressJuly 2, 2021, 6:12 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDENVER — Elías Díaz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Colorado Rockies a rain-delayed 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, spoiling Nolan Arenado’s return to Coors Field.Arenado went hitless in four at-bats during his first game in Denver since Colorado traded him to St. Louis in the offseason. He popped out to first in his first two trips to the plate and grounded out in his last two.When he walked to the plate in the first inning, Arenado got a mostly warm reception from the crowd. The star third baseman tipped his helmet to the fans and then tapped his chest and pointed to the stands.“I’ve seen these before in my years in the game and that was a very good one. I thought that the crowd was very classy,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I thought Nolan did a very nice job of working his way around the ballpark.”Hours later, Díaz turned on an 0-2 slider from reliever Giovanny Gallegos (5-2) to end it.“I had a lot of confidence going into that at-bat,” said Díaz, who has homered in each of his last three games. “My only plan going into it was to see a pitch and hit it hard.”Brendan Rodgers also homered and Daniel Bard (4-4) got the win in relief for the Rockies, who have won four straight.Gallegos retired the first two batters to start the ninth and had Díaz in a hole before he hit one 424 feet into the seats in left. It was the first walk-off homer of his career and his fifth of the season.“The two quick outs, the stuff looked good from Gio,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “A slider that got too much of the plate and Díaz put a good swing on it.”Rodgers gave Colorado a 2-1 lead with a two-run shot in the second inning, his fifth of the season.Paul Goldschmidt, who has hit well against the Rockies, hit his 26th career homer against them to tie it in the third. It was his 12th of the season.Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright extended his mastery of Colorado. In 17 games — 13 starts — he has a 1.72 career ERA against the Rockies, and at Coors Field he has a 2.42 ERA in seven games, six starts.Wainwright kept up his workhorse trend with 110 pitches, eclipsing the 100-pitch mark for the fourth straight game and ninth time this season. He retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced to keep the game tied.“I always consider myself the best pitcher in the game when I go out there,” said Wainwright, who is 11-1 against Colorado. “As soon as I stop thinking that way, I’ll retire. That’s the edge I try to bring out there. It doesn’t surprise me when I do well; it seemingly surprises everyone else, but that’s fine.”Antonio Senzatela nearly matched Wainwright, going seven strong innings before turning it over to the Colorado bullpen.The start of the game was delayed 58 minutes due to rain.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: OF Harrison Bader was activated from the 10-day injured list and started in center field. St. Louis optioned outfielder Lars Nootbaar to Triple-A Memphis. Bader missed 34 games with a right rib hairline fracture sustained diving to attempt to catch a line drive May 24 at the Chicago White Sox.Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left hamstring) is still on track to make his scheduled start Saturday, Black said. Freeland left Monday’s outing when his hamstring tightened up running the bases.QUICK WORKCoors Field has a reputation for games that can take four hours to play, but it has hosted some fast ones, too. On July 1, 2008, Rockies starter Aaron Cook tossed the shortest nine-inning game in Coors Field history. He needed just 1 hour, 58 minutes, and 79 pitches to throw a five-hit shutout against San Diego.UP NEXTCardinals RHP Johan Oviedo (0-4, 5.23 ERA) will face Colorado RHP Chi Chi González (2-5, 5.81) in the second of a four-game series on Friday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports