Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Rockies 9, Rangers 2
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Colorado Rockies scored early and often on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Some quick thoughts:
How it happened: Colby Lewis became the eighth starter in the past nine games unable to pitch through six innings, lasting 3⅔ innings. He gave up seven runs and 12 hits with a homer and a strikeout. Lewis didn't have consistent fastball command, and the Rockies found plenty of holes, too. On a day when the bullpen needed some rest, Lewis wasn't able to pitch deep into the game.
What it means: The Rangers are 3-9 in their past 12 games and have lost three straight games to the Rockies, each by a wide margin. Despite that, the Rangers are just 2½ games behind the Oakland A's in the AL West.
Hit parade: The Rockies had 12 hits off Lewis, scoring seven runs before the fourth inning was over. Some of the hits were placed in the right spots and some were hit hard. Colorado got eight of those hits with two outs. The Rockies had 34 hits in the two-game series Monday and Tuesday in Colorado, so they just kept pounding the ball. But they ended up with one more hit than Lewis had outs (11) in his outing.
Behind: Lewis pitched behind in the count constantly, which gave the Rockies' hitters chances to sit on fastballs and take advantage. Lewis threw first-pitch strikes to six batters, though two of those had first-pitch hits. Lewis needed 79 pitches to get through 3⅔ innings.
Elite company: Adrian Beltre's home run in the fourth was his 100th as a Ranger. Beltre becomes only the fifth player in big league history to hit 100 home runs with three different teams -- Beltre did it with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and now Texas. The other four: Darrell Evans (Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers), Reggie Jackson (Royals/A's, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees), Alex Rodriguez (Mariners, Rangers, Yankees) and Jim Thome (Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox).
Club record: Nolan Arenado's two-RBI double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 27 games. That tied the Rockies' club record set by Michael Cuddyer in 2013.
Errors: The Rangers' defense didn't help things in the fourth. Drew Stubbs stole second and went to third when Robinson Chirinos' throw went into center field. The second error of the inning came when Leonys Martin's throw from center field hit the net behind home plate. It was scored a sacrifice fly, but the error is what allowed a runner to get to third base.
Quick debut: Scott Baker was called up before Wednesday's game and was needed after Lewis' short outing. He pitched 5⅓ innings and gave up two runs and four hits, helping to save the bullpen.
Briefly: The wind was blowing in from right field strongly, meaning the jet stream was in full effect. It helped home runs by Beltre and Carlos Gonzalez.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa walked the bases loaded in the sixth but retired Donnie Murphy to avoid allowing the Rangers to get closer.
Up next: Left-hander Matt Harrison (0-0, 4.35 ERA) goes up against left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1, 5.05 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.