Rockies romp behind Bettis to top Giants

Rockies romp behind Bettis to top Giants

DENVER -- An emphatic eight-run fourth inning and Chad Bettis' dominant mound performance were more than enough for the Rockies in their 11-2 win over San Francisco in Sunday's series finale at Coors Field.

After dropping the first two games, Colorado managed a series split with Sunday's win, while also salvaging a .500 homestand at 4-4.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aggressive Bettis tosses gem vs. Giants

Rockies starter takes shutout into ninth inning, fans seven in victory

Aggressive Bettis tosses gem vs. Giants

DENVER -- Chad Bettis paused momentarily and then produced an answer as convincing as the pitching performance he'd just delivered.

"I was the most convicted and aggressive with every single pitch [as I have been] this year," the Rockies right-hander said.

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Rockies ride eight-run frame to victory

Bettis, Arenado, Tulo make big contributions in Rockies' season-best inning

Rockies ride eight-run frame to victory

DENVER -- One run through the lineup card was all the Rockies offense needed Sunday afternoon. One inning was all they needed as well.

Colorado batted around in the fourth and eventually scored eight runs in the frame, the offensive catalyst behind an 11-2 win over the Giants at Coors Field.

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Lyles could miss next start with sprained toe

Rockies starter tried to pitch through discomfort in shortened outing

Lyles could miss next start with sprained toe

DENVER -- Rockies manger Walt Weiss said "it's not been decided" whether right-hander Jordan Lyles will make Colorado's next road trip. Lyles suffered a sprained left big toe in Saturday's Game 1 loss to the Giants, which cut his start short after just four-plus innings.

The Rockies start a three-game series in Cincinnati on Monday and then head to Philadelphia for the weekend. Lyles is scheduled to start Friday's series opener at Citizens Bank Park.

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Butler seeking turnaround against Reds

Butler seeking turnaround against Reds

In one of the many day games on the Memorial Day slate, the Rockies head to Cincinnati in search of more recent dominance against the Reds. Over the last two seasons, Colorado has won eight of l2 games played against them, and it will send right-hander Eddie Butler (2-4, 4.38 ERA) to the mound opposite veteran Jason Marquis (3-4, 6.91).

Butler forced early bullpen usage in his two previous starts, having failed to reach the fourth inning in both. He threw 160 combined pitches in the two outings and hasn't won since April 24.

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Butler trying to learn quickly in big leagues

Rockies righty working on how to attack hitters, getting ahead in counts

Butler trying to learn quickly in big leagues

DENVER -- Pitching used to be simple for Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler.

"I used to just throw inside," Butler said. "'Here you go. Here's my fastball. Let's see if you can hit it.' That was college, high school, first couple years of pro ball."

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Descalso's homer lifts Hale to victory

Descalso's homer lifts Hale to victory

DENVER -- Daniel Descalso's two-run homer in Saturday night's sixth inning enabled the Colorado Rockies to inch ahead and helped them claim a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants, ending the defending World Series champions' eight-game winning streak.

"It was a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Hale makes case for future Rockies starts

Righty allows three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings to beat Giants

Hale makes case for future Rockies starts

DENVER -- David Hale says he can't help the nerves, but if more outings like Saturday are in his immediate future, the Rockies right-hander likely won't mind the usual pregame dosage of anxiety.

Hale, who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque as the 26th man, gave the Rockies a much-needed boost, pitching Colorado to a 5-3 win over the Giants in the second leg of Saturday's doubleheader at Coors Field.

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Rockies nearly erase Giants' two-out magic

Rockies nearly erase Giants' two-out magic

DENVER -- A remarkable display of two-out hitting carried the San Francisco Giants to their eighth consecutive victory, a 10-8 decision Saturday over the Colorado Rockies in the first half of a day-night doubleheader.

Victimizing Rockies starter Jordan Lyles (2-5) -- who left in the fifth inning with a sprained toe on his left foot -- and reliever Yohan Flande, the Giants scored all of their runs from the fourth through sixth innings. Each came with two outs as Giants hitters went 9-for-12 in those situations. San Francisco's 4-5-6 hitters, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford, combined to drive in seven runs.

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Rockies place reliever Roberts on the 15-day DL

Rockies place reliever Roberts on the 15-day DL

DENVER -- The Rockies placed left-handed reliever Ken Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation before Saturday's doubleheader versus San Francisco. As expected, Colorado also activated right-hander Brooks Brown from the 15-day DL.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss said there's always a level of caution with elbow problems but added that he's "not overly concerned" about Roberts' injury. The left-hander said he'd had some pain "for the past week," but it didn't become a problem in a game until Friday's outing against the Giants.

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Rockies fall short of picking up Kendrick

Rockies fall short of picking up Kendrick

DENVER -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong tossed six scoreless innings, and San Francisco poured on enough offense late, helping the Giants to an 11-8 win in Friday's series opener at Coors Field.

Vogelsong (3-2) held the Rockies to two hits and struck out five. The Giants led, 1-0, before Brandon Belt launched a two-run, 475-foot homer into the upper deck in the sixth off Kyle Kendrick (1-6). The Giants had five hits, including Buster Posey's two-run double, in a four-run seventh.

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Rockies undaunted by deficit, rain before loss

Colorado scores eight runs in final three innings vs. Giants

Rockies undaunted by deficit, rain before loss

DENVER -- With its tendency to chew up sizeable leads and spit them aside, Coors Field has been a hotbed for bizarreness since its opening in 1995.

The combination of a nearly two-hour rain delay, an in-game fireworks performance and a late injection of Colorado offense nearly produced another chapter late Friday night.

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Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

Umpire exits game after line drive hits hand

DENVER -- Umpire Paul Nauert left Friday night's Rockies-Giants game after being hit on the right hand by a Brandon Belt seventh-inning line drive.

Nauert was the second-base umpire, positioned to the shortstop side of the infield, when Belt's liner hit him. Belt ended up with a single. The runner at second, Buster Posey, had to stay there by rule because there was no runner at first base at the start of the play.

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McKenry's HR leads Rockies' attack vs. Phillies

McKenry's HR leads Rockies' attack vs. Phillies

DENVER -- Catcher Michael McKenry broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Rockies added on in a 7-3 win over the Phillies in Thursday's series finale at Coors Field.

McKenry's homer off Phils starter Jerome Williams (3-4) helped the Rockies to their fourth victory in eight games and their second straight split of a four-game series.

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De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start

Lefty passes Ubaldo with 774 career K's while needing 108 pitches to get through 4 1/3

De La Rosa sets franchise K's mark in shaky start

DENVER -- Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa surpassed Ubaldo Jimenez as Colorado's career strikeout leader during an otherwise unremarkable start in the Rockies' 7-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday.

De La Rosa was mostly wild while throwing 108 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, but his fifth and final strikeout of the game -- of Freddy Galvis to end the third -- was the 774th of his career.

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Reserves spark strikeout-free Rockies offense

Reserves spark strikeout-free Rockies offense

DENVER -- The Rockies' offense was at its peak on Thursday afternoon, and the list of contributors was a long one.

Seven of the eight position starters picked up hits. Six different players scored, and the Rockies' offensive unit didn't record a strikeout after punching out 25 times in the series' first three games. All that equaled a 7-3 win over the Phillies at Coors Field.

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Eligible to return, Morneau needs more time

Eligible to return, Morneau needs more time

DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been a scarce presence at the park as he recovers from a concussion and neck injury that forced the club to place him on the seven-day concussion disabled list last week. Morneau is eligible to return Friday, but he won't, manager Walt Weiss said.

Morneau (.290, three homers, nine RBIs) has a troubling concussion history. His 2010 concussion affected him for years. The latest injury occurred May 13, when he dove for a ball during a game against the Angels. Morneau left the game with what the Rockies called dizziness, but a couple of days later, the veteran said there was no dizziness but he had suffered a neck injury. But shortly thereafter, the Rockies announced officially that he was being placed on the DL with a cervical neck strain and concussion symptoms.

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Rockies' bullpen picking up slack in big way

Relievers continue to handle heavy workload, blanking Philly for 4 2/3 innings on two hits

Rockies' bullpen picking up slack in big way

DENVER -- The Rockies' bullpen isn't just eating innings. It's enjoying them.

Starter Jorge De La Rosa lasted just 4 1/3 innings, but five relievers held the Phillies scoreless on two hits in a 7-3 Rockies victory at Coors Field on Thursday afternoon. Rockies relievers have 10 2/3 scoreless innings the last two games, and a 1.66 ERA in the last nine contests.

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Rosario a changed hitter since return to Rockies

Rosario a changed hitter since return to Rockies

DENVER -- Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario says he doesn't pay attention to his numbers, but that may become harder to do if his current surge keeps going.

After spending a little more than two weeks in Triple-A Albuquerque, Rosario is hitting .293 (12-for-41) and has more than tripled his season hit total since rejoining the Rockies on May 8. Much of that damage has arrived within the last week -- Rosario entered Thursday having produced nine hits in his previous seven games, including four multi-hit affairs.

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Rox can't recover from Butler's early struggles

Rox can't recover from Butler's early struggles

DENVER -- Ryan Howard crunched a 454-foot home run among his three hits as the Phillies won for the seventh time in eight games, 4-2, over the Rockies at Coors Field on a chilly Wednesday night.

Howard's third-inning blast accounted for one of the four runs (two earned) and six hits against Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-5), who was gone after three innings. Butler was chased in 2 2/3 innings of his previous start, against the Dodgers.

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Butler has second abbreviated outing in a row

Rockies starter has struggled with command

Butler has second abbreviated outing in a row

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler knows he isn't as good as he needs to be.

Unable to put hitters away because of inconsistent command, Butler threw 43 first-inning pitches Wednesday night and was gone after 77 pitches in three innings of a 4-2 loss to the Phillies at Coors Field.

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Rockies' baserunning gaffes add to woes

Rosario, Paulsen miss out on scoring opportunites

Rockies' baserunning gaffes add to woes

DENVER -- With minimal scoring chances, two baserunning errors added to the Rockies' woes in their 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

In the fourth, Wilin Rosario rocketed a two-out single to left with Carlos Gonzalez on first, seemingly setting the Rockies up with a prime opportunity to further chisel into the Phillies' 4-1 advantage. Left fielder Ben Revere fired his relay throw in to third as Rosario tried to snag an extra base -- but shortstop Freddy Galvis cut the ball off and whipped a short throw to second.

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Rockies call up Barnes, option Stubbs

Rockies call up Barnes, option Stubbs

DENVER -- The Rockies optioned struggling outfielder Drew Stubbs to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday and recalled outfielder Brandon Barnes, one of the Majors' most effective pinch-hitters last season with the Rockies.

Because Stubbs entered the 2015 season with more than five years of Major League service time, he had to approve the demotion to Triple-A -- a level where he hasn't played since 2009.

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Night after ejection, Hundley hits decisive HR

Rockies score all six runs in win with two outs

Night after ejection, Hundley hits decisive HR

DENVER -- For the second straight night, Rockies catcher Nick Hundley batted in the eighth inning and ended up shouting as he left the field. But Hundley will take the screams of Tuesday over the yells of Monday.

Hundley launched a two-out solo homer to give the Rockies a 6-5 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday to end a six-game home losing streak. The winning swing came a night after Hundley flied out in the eighth before being thrown out of the game for arguing a check-swing call with first-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

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Rockies cool off Phillies on Hundley's blast

Rockies cool off Phillies on Hundley's blast

DENVER -- Nick Hundley homered to left-center field with two outs in the eighth as the Rockies won, 6-5, and snapped the Phillies' win streak at six games on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

Hundley's homer, his third this season, came off Phillies righty Justin De Fratus (0-1). It gave the usually strong-at-home Rockies their first victory at Coors since April 24, after six straight losses.

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Bettis continues string of quality starts

Righty doesn't walk a batter in six solid innings

Bettis continues string of quality starts

DENVER -- With two Phillies runs already across in the second inning and his team's early advantage nearly wiped away, Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis issued himself a simple message.

Slow down.

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