Colorado got the offense started quickly to take the pressure off themselves as they cruised to a 9-2 victory. After two outs were gone in the top of the first inning Tulo singled, CarGo doubled, and NoDo knocked both in with a double to put a two spot up. With that double, NoDo tied Money’s club record of 27-game hitting streak. The Rockies proceeded to score five more runs in the fourth inning for a 7-0 lead. The Rangers scratched back in the bottom half of the inning with a 2-run shot by Adrian Beltre who had been the only offense for Texas the last two games. The Rockies came right back the next inning with two runs on a double by Drew Stubbs, a triple by D.J. LeMahieu, and a RBI single by Corey Dickerson. That made the final score 9-2.
Jorge De La Rosa started well except for one pitch to Beltre and barely made it through six innings leaving three ducks (three walks) stranded. He had thrown efficiently and was at 77 pitches after the first out of the sixth inning. He then labored with 27 more pitches to finally get the third out. The good news was that he gave up only three hits during his stint. The prides of Agbayani (Chris Martin and Nick Massett) did efficient work over the next two innings. Finally Boone Logan and LaTroy Hawkins both of whom who haven’t pitched since Saturday split the 9th inning duty to get a little work in.
The hot play of late has the Rockies (22-14) serving notice to the National League that they are arguably the best team. Within the NL West they are in a virtual tie with the Giants (21-13) just seven percentage points back while the lead over the Dodgers (19-16) expanded to 2.5 games. They are now just 0.5 games behind Milwaukee for the best record in the NL. Tomorrow they face LHP Matt Harrison which has red hot Drew Stubbs licking the chops.