Barnes burning: Outfielder heats up for Rox

'Grinder' breaks out vs. Braves, finishes triple shy of cycle

Barnes burning: Outfielder heats up for Rox

ATLANTA -- Life has not been easy for Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes during the season's second half. The 29-year-old, in his third full Major League season, came into Wednesday hitting .251, due to a .190 average since the break and .111 during August. He knew of only one way to turn things around -- grind.

"I've been working my butt off to just get out there and keep grinding it out," said Barnes, after leading the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over Atlanta. "My big saying is, 'Grind it out and good things will happen.'"

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Rockies storm back in 7th to stun Braves

Rockies storm back in 7th to stun Braves

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes' two-run triple capped a four-run seventh inning that extended Shelby Miller's winless streak to 18 starts and propelled the Rockies to a 6-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday night at Turner Field.

Miller had retired 14 consecutive batters and held a 3-0 lead before he surrendered five hits, including three extra-base hits, during Colorado's decisive seventh. Ben Paulsen and Brandon Barnes recorded doubles ahead of Reyes' triple off Miller, whose winless streak now stands as the longest ever by an Atlanta pitcher in one season.

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Gray looks to regain poise in Pittsburgh opener

Gray looks to regain poise in Pittsburgh opener

The Rockies and Pirates open a three-game weekend set at PNC Park on Friday night. Veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano (9-6, 3.23 ERA) takes the ball for Pittsburgh, while Colorado counters with rookie Jon Gray (0-0, 5.94).

Liriano has been one of the hottest pitchers in the National League over the past two months, as he carries a 10-start unbeaten streak during which he is 5-0. He hasn't lost since June 20. Liriano beat San Francisco at PNC Park on Sunday, allowing two runs (none earned) and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

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All-Star LeMahieu keeps on raking for Rox

All-Star LeMahieu keeps on raking for Rox

ATLANTA -- If DJ LeMahieu has been one thing this season -- and for the Colorado Rockies, their All-Star second baseman has been just about everything they've asked and more -- he's been steady.

He hits at home. He hits on the road. He hits lefties and righties.

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Rockies notch two huge outs against Freeman

Rockies notch two huge outs against Freeman

ATLANTA -- The Colorado Rockies got what they needed on Tuesday -- an end to their four-game losing streak -- beating both the Atlanta Braves and one of the game's most-feared hitters to do it.

Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis tossed five gutsy innings, and five relievers chipped in to help flummox the Braves. The 5-1 win hinged on two huge at-bats, both against Braves slugger Freddie Freeman.

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Scouting profile: Jon Gray

Scouting profile: Jon Gray

Background
A good athlete, right-hander Jon Gray played baseball, basketball and football at Chandler (Okla.) High School. He then went on to pitch at Eastern Oklahoma State College and had an outstanding tenure at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the All Big-12 Team.

The Rockies took Gray with the third overall pick in the 2012 Draft. After having spent parts of two seasons and the beginning of this year in Colorado's Minor League system, he is now part of the Rockies' starting rotation.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

LeMahieu helps Rox even series vs. Braves

LeMahieu helps Rox even series vs. Braves

ATLANTA -- DJ LeMahieu highlighted his three-hit night with a two-run fourth-inning single that capitalized on one of the three errors third baseman Adonis Garcia committed as the Rockies claimed a 5-1 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Garcia's first two errors led to each of the four unearned runs charged to Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, who needed 94 pitches to complete five innings. Foltynewicz hit Matt McBride with a pitch and issued a four-pitch walk to Rockies starter Chad Bettis to load the bases before LeMahieu delivered his two-run single.

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Rox nearly turn gifts into game-changing rally

Braves nab Blackmon at home to end 8th-inning threat

Rox nearly turn gifts into game-changing rally

ATLANTA -- When you're going like the Rockies are going this season, you press any advantage you might have. And so, in the eighth inning of a close game Monday night against the Braves, third-base coach Stu Cole didn't hesitate to wave a runner home. Unfortunately for Colorado, when you're going like the Rockies are going ... well, you know how that ended up.

The Rockies, on the road after a homestand they'd rather forget, dropped their fourth straight game Monday night, a 5-3 loss to the Braves that could have turned out the other way with just a smidgen of luck.

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Rockies discuss walk-up music, 'My Little Pony'

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CarGo out of lineup Tuesday with sore knee

Rockies taking cautious approach with slugging outfielder

CarGo out of lineup Tuesday with sore knee

ATLANTA - Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Braves, marking the 15th time this season that he'll miss a start. Gonzalez continues to nurse a sore knee that has bothered him off and on for weeks.

"He's day to day, but he's definitely available," manager Walt Weiss said before the game. "I don't anticipate it being a major deal."

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Rockies quieted after loud start in Atlanta

Rockies quieted after loud start in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran went 7 1/3 strong innings and Atlanta's beleaguered bullpen held on as the Braves beat the Rockies, 5-3, on Monday night at Turner Field, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Braves left fielder Jonny Gomes crushed a first-inning two-run homer and his defensive replacement, Michael Bourn, made a critical outfield assist in the eighth to cut down a Colorado run. The Braves won for only the third time in their last 14 games.

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Hale sent to Triple-A, clearing spot for Bettis

Hale sent to Triple-A, clearing spot for Bettis

ATLANTA -- The Rockies announced Monday that they optioned right-hander David Hale to Triple-A Albuquerque, one day after he uncorked a club-record four wild pitches in a 5-1 loss to the New York Mets in Denver.

Hale, who was 3-5 with a 6.15 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) with Colorado, struck out nine and retired the last 10 hitters he faced Sunday. But his outing was ruined by back-to-back wild pitches in the second, both of which scored runs.

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Diaz, Castro promoted from Triple-A

Betancourt designated for assignment; Miller optioned to Albuquerque

Diaz, Castro promoted from Triple-A

DENVER -- With Colorado desperately needing relief for its often-used and ineffective bullpen, the Rockies called up two fresh faces on Sunday.

Right-handers Simon Castro and Jairo Diaz were promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque before Colorado's series finale with the Mets. Veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt was designated for assignment and Justin Miller was optioned down to Albuquerque as the corresponding moves.

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Rockies unable to solve Mets in finale defeat

Rockies unable to solve Mets in finale defeat

DENVER -- Subbing for Matt Harvey, Logan Verrett held the Rockies to one run and four hits in eight innings in his first Major League start, as the National League East-leading Mets won, 5-1, at Coors Field on Sunday. By taking advantage of a memorably scattershot performance by Rockies starter David Hale, New York completed a three-game sweep and maintained a five-game lead over the Nationals.

The lone run off Verrett, who has made 12 total appearances and has given up one run in the last 18 2/3 innings, was Carlos Gonzalez's home run to dead center to lead off the fourth, which Statcast™ projected to land 459 feet away.

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Hale features strikeout stuff in historically wild start

Righty fans nine, throws Rockies record four wild pitches, two of which plate runs

Hale features strikeout stuff in historically wild start

DENVER -- A pinch of wildness, a dash of effectiveness and a helping of weirdness was the recipe for David Hale's start on Sunday afternoon.

In Colorado's 5-1 loss to the Mets at Coors Field, Hale uncorked a Rockies single-game-high four wild pitches, tied a career high with nine strikeouts and retired the final 10 hitters he faced. In total, Hale yielded six hits and five runs (four earned) over six innings.

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Veteran reliever Betancourt DFA'd by Rockies

Veteran reliever Betancourt DFA'd by Rockies

DENVER -- Rafael Betancourt, one of the most accomplished relievers in Rockies history, saw his tenure and more than likely his 12-season Major League career end when the club designated him for assignment Sunday morning.

Betancourt, 40, overcame missing last season because of Tommy John surgery to make the team out of Spring Training. He started solidly before struggling, posting a 2-4 record with one save and a 6.18 ERA in 45 appearances. He also leaves fifth on the club's list in saves with 58, and sixth in appearances with 309 after arriving from the Indians to help propel the Rockies to their last playoff appearance, in 2009.

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Parker rounding into form after 4-RBI game

Parker rounding into form after 4-RBI game

DENVER -- Rockies rookie outfielder Kyle Parker vows not to be distracted by his volatile early-career batting average, which is displayed big as life on the scoreboard each at-bat.

Parker ignored the .233 at the start of Saturday's game. After a big night -- a three-run triple and an RBI double in a 14-9 loss to the Mets at Coors -- he'll make himself do the same when the board flashes .250 next time he's batting.

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Rusin, Rockies lose another slugfest to Mets

Rusin, Rockies lose another slugfest to Mets

DENVER -- On Star Wars Night at Coors Field, the National League East-leading Mets knocked Rockies starting pitcher Chris Rusin into the Twilight Zone en route to a 14-9 victory on Saturday night. New York also beat Colorado by a 14-9 score on Friday night.

"This is how a lot of teams win pennants," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They beat teams you're supposed to beat."

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Hundley exits an inning after taking foul tip to mask

Hundley exits an inning after taking foul tip to mask

DENVER -- Rockies catcher Nick Hundley took a foul tip to the mask in the fifth inning and was replaced in the sixth inning of Saturday night's 14-9 loss to the Mets at Coors Field.

A foul ball from the Mets' Wilmer Flores hit Hundley directly in the forehead area of his mask. Given a few moments to collect himself, Hundley finished the inning.

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Arenado cements special season with 30th HR

Rockies third baseman starting to gain steam after struggling out of gate in 2nd half

Arenado cements special season with 30th HR

DENVER -- Even with all the accolades and positive attention this season, Nolan Arenado experiences frustration just like everyone else. After tearing through the season's first half with predictable regularity, the Rockies third baseman has stumbled some since the All-Star break, owning just a .244 batting average through the second half's first 31 games.

But Arenado has stuck to his routine and hasn't wavered from what generated the first All-Star appearance of his career. Following his 3-for-5 night -- which included his 30th homer of the season -- in Friday's 14-9 loss to the Mets at Coors Field, Arenado is hitting .357 (20-for-56) with 11 RBIs over his last 14 games.

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Rockies' 9 runs not enough to top slugging Mets

Rockies' 9 runs not enough to top slugging Mets

DENVER -- Yoenis Cespedes knocked a grand slam among his three home runs and five hits, and the National League East-leading Mets went deep five times in a 14-9 victory over the Rockies on a Coors Field kind of Friday night.

So wild was this contest that Jon Gray, the Rockies' rookie righty sensation, was roasted for seven runs and eight hits -- including Cespedes' second-inning slam -- in 1 2/3 innings, and Mets starter Bartolo Colon coughed up seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 frames, yet neither figured in the decision. Also, the Rockies' Nick Hundley finished a home run shy of the cycle, while Cespedes finished a three-run shot away from a home run cycle. The Mets lead the Nationals by five games, which is their largest lead of the season.

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Flande flexes bat vs. Max, notches key RBI

Rockies starter gets 2 hits off Scherzer, goes 7 strong to earn win

Flande flexes bat vs. Max, notches key RBI

DENVER -- Hitting against Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer isn't easy. But no one told left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande, whose two hits helped key a 3-2 Rockies victory at Coors Field on Thursday night.

Keep in mind, this was not Mike Hampton, who hit .344 in 2002, a year after he had 23 hits. Before his soft single in the fifth on Thursday, Flande had two hits in 31 career plate appearances. Swinging or running, Flande is more heartfelt than effective.

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Paulsen's beard ejected after shaving error

Paulsen's beard ejected after shaving error

DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen wore a bushy mustache when called up last year, and this year he doubled down by growing a thick beard.

However, he showed up at Coors Field clean-shaven Thursday before Colorado's 3-2 win.

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Flande outduels Scherzer to nip Nats in finale

Flande outduels Scherzer to nip Nats in finale

DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen got rid of his heretofore ever-present facial hair because of a shaving mistake, but it turned out to be good luck. His RBI single in the seventh, along with Yohan Flande's strong seven-inning pitching effort, powered the Rockies to a 3-2 victory over the Nationals at Coors Field on Thursday night.

Flande (3-1) held the Nats to two runs -- on Michael Taylor's two-run homer in the seventh, projected by Statcast™ to land 493 feet from home -- and three hits in his longest Major League outing. Flande also had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run while helping the Rockies, last in the National League West, push the Nats to four games behind the NL East-leading Mets. The Rockies averted being swept in three games, but the Nats are happy to be done with them: the teams split six games over the past two weeks.

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Rodriguez flirts with no-hitter for Tourists

Rockies No. 28 prospect throws 8 1/3 innings of no-hit ball for Class A Asheville

Rodriguez flirts with no-hitter for Tourists

Rockies No. 28 prospect Helmis Rodriguez couldn't quite make history for Class A Asheville in a 3-1 win on Thursday night.

The southpaw had Rome on the ropes with a no-hitter through 8 1/3 innings, but gave up a double to Luke Dykstra. He was then pulled from the game and reliever Yoely Bello allowed a triple to Ryan Stephens as the Braves tied the game, 1-1.

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Gray impresses with confidence on mound

'I see a kid that's very much at ease right now,' Weiss says

Gray impresses with confidence on mound

DENVER -- For the first time, Rockies rookie right-hander Jon Gray will face a team with a "book' on him when he starts against the National League East-leading Mets on Friday night. Not that any of this scares Gray, who held the Mets to one run and one hit -- a Travis d'Arnaud second-inning home run -- on Aug. 10 at Citi Field.

"It's a little different, something I haven't done before at this level," Gray said Thursday. "These guys watch video on us and we watch video on them. Maybe they're looking for what I did the first time. If I can find two or three ways to get guys out, that really would be a big help."

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Reyes settles in with Rox, eyes better results

Shortstop hits first HR with club in 4-for-5 game on Tuesday

Reyes settles in with Rox, eyes better results

DENVER -- There's nothing like a four-hit night to raise one's comfort level. After going 4-for-5 with his first Rockies home run in Tuesday night's 15-6 loss to the Nationals, shortstop Jose Reyes -- the veteran addition in the Troy Tulowitzki trade with the Blue Jays -- is starting to settle in with Colorado.

"It's taken a few games," Reyes said. "Like, the other day, we were playing the San Diego Padres, I had faced Ian Kennedy but the other two guys I'd never faced before. Well, I'd faced Andrew Cashner but he was in the bullpen and it was a long time ago when I was in New York. Other guys, I didn't even know. So you have to make adjustments, but I always believe in my talent and watching video."

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De La Rosa shows grit to keep Rox in game

Lefty battles through 6 scoreless but bullpen falters in loss

De La Rosa shows grit to keep Rox in game

DENVER -- Under more positive circumstances, Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa's six scoreless innings Wednesday night would have been celebrated for its craftiness. But after the bullpen wrought a 4-1 loss to the Nationals at Coors Field -- the Rockies' eighth in nine games -- De La Rosa was merely discussing strategy.

De La Rosa gave up four hits, struck out six and walked six while throwing a season-high 110 pitches. His walks were among the nine issued by the Rockies' pitchers, who have issued 19 in two losses to the Nats this week. But for De La Rosa's performance, in which he worked into and out of three sticky innings, was a good argument for the statement that all walks aren't created equal.

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