NL Player of the Month Troy Tulowitzki blasted 2 home runs. Nolan Arenado had one. Drew Stubbs was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Brandon Barnes and Carlos Gonzalez doubled twice. And Jordan Lyles (4-0, 2.62) pitched into the 9th inning as the Colorado Rockies defeated the Texas Rangers 8-2 Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.
Texas’ starter Martin Perez (4-2, 3.59) had a second-straight shaky outing. He got the Rockies in order in the 1st, but Gonzalez doubled leading-off the 2nd and Arenado followed with his 6th 2014 home run, extending his hitting streak to 25 games and staking Lyles to an early 2-0 advantage.
Colorado got another one in the 3rd when Barnes led-off with a double, Stubbs singled, Tulo walked to load ’em up, and Cargo grounded to Prince Fielder. In the 5th they made it 5-0 when Stubbs doubled with 1-out and Tulo delivered the first of his Large Fly Balls.
The Rangers got one back in the 6th when Shin-Soo Choo led-off with a double that Stubbs kicked around center-field while Choo advanced to 3rd. He scored on a ground-ball by Josh Wilson. But Stubbs and Tulowitzki repeated the double-HR combination with nobody out in the 7th to push the Rockies’ lead to 7-1. Colorado tacked one on in the 8th on a Lyles single, Barnes double, and Stubbs sacrifice fly.
Lyles was in the meantime cruising through 8 innings. He wobbled a bit in the 6th when Adrian Beltre followed Choo’s score with a single, but got dangerous Prince Fielder to ground to Tulowitzki for a 6U-3 double play to get back to the dugout. Lyles gave up 2 runs (Beltre singled off him leading-off the 9th and came-around to score) on 7 hits, walked one, and struck-out 5. Nick Masset, recalled earlier in the day from Colorado Springs in favor of Ryan Wheeler, came-on for a rocky 9th to finish it-out.
Colorado’s 6-game home-stand expires tonight with Juan Nicasio taking the hill against Texas’ Robby Ross. Game time will again be 6:40 MDT at Coors Field, then the Rockies follow the Rangers home to Arlington for 2 more before moving-on to Cincinnati for 3 on the weekend.