Rockies hang on after Gray's gem vs. Braves

Rockies hang on after Gray's gem vs. Braves

DENVER -- In a rematch of a pitcher's duel from five days prior against Julio Teheran, the Rockies' Jon Gray got the upper hand. The rookie right-hander tossed seven brilliant innings and closer Carlos Estevez survived a wild ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Braves on Friday night at Coors Field.

After not factoring into the decision in the Rockies' 1-0 loss in Atlanta on Sunday, Gray earned the win by holding the Braves to one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. The only run came in the first inning on Nick Markakis' RBI infield single that knocked in Freddie Freeman, whose triple popped out of left fielder Ryan Raburn's glove.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com who covered the Rockies on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado snaps slump after rare day off

Arenado snaps slump after rare day off

DENVER -- A day off for Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is simply an invitation to work hard.

His efforts when not in the lineup on Thursday led to a big performance on Friday -- a first-inning triple and his 24th homer of the season, for two sixth-inning runs -- in a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Coors Field.

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Story ties Tulo's NL rookie SS homer record

Story ties Tulo's NL rookie SS homer record

DENVER -- Trevor Story's two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Braves in Friday night's 4-3 Rockies win was his 24th of the season, which tied the record set in 2007 by former Rockie Troy Tulowitzki for the most home runs by a rookie shortstop in National League history.

Story's homer to left field off Braves lefty Dario Alvarez, which came two batters after Nolan Arenado's two-run shot off Joel De La Cruz, gave the Rockies a 4-1 lead. The Major League record for home runs by a rookie shortstop is 30, set by the Red Sox's Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson looks to capitalize on Braves' aggressiveness

Anderson looks to capitalize on Braves' aggressiveness

Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson found success in his last start exploiting the aggressive Rays with his improved fastball command. On Saturday at Coors Field, he'll face an even more aggressive team in the Braves.

Against the Rays -- who are eighth in baseball with a 47.4 percent swing rate -- Anderson garnered swings on 50 of his 95 pitches. He only allowed one run through six innings before Tampa Bay tagged him for three runs, and he couldn't finish the seventh inning.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Descalso steady with bat while moving defensively

Descalso steady with bat while moving defensively

DENVER -- Rockies utility man Daniel Descalso has achieved a feat with an underrated degree of difficulty -- maintaining consistency in the batter's box even though he has been forced from his comfort zone defensively.

Descalso has made eight starts at first base, where he has started just 13 games in his career. His four starts in left field this season are all he has made in the Majors. With Gerardo Parra out with a left high ankle sprain, Descalso has played left field when manager Walt Weiss needed an extra lefty in the lineup.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies break routine, take infield practice

Rockies break routine, take infield practice

DENVER -- Instead of taking batting practice before Friday night's game against the Braves, Rockies manager Walt Weiss had the team work on defensive fundamentals.

With the team normally taking BP before games, there's relatively little time to work on pickoff plays and pitcher defense. At the Major League level, it's certainly a rare sight.

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Rox drop Braves on blasts from CarGo, Reynolds

Rox drop Braves on blasts from CarGo, Reynolds

DENVER -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez and pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds made their homers count Thursday night in a 7-3 victory over the Braves at Coors Field.

Gonzalez's three-run homer in the sixth inning, off Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz, carried a 114.1-mph exit velocity and a projected distance of 459 feet -- the second-hardest and second-longest homer for Gonzalez this year, according to Statcast™. More important, it was Gonzalez's first homer in 23 plate appearances and, even better, his first homer in a Rockies win in 73 plate appearances since June 27.

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Reynolds crushes MLB's second-longest HR of year

Rockies pinch-hitter launches 484-foot shot vs. Braves

Reynolds crushes MLB's second-longest HR of year

DENVER -- The explosion from the Rockies pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds' bat and the almost-equal pop when the ball rebounded off a seat beyond the left-center wall were impressive and special. But even Reynolds admits homers like his on Thursday night were expected to be commonplace.

Reynolds, a reformed high-risk swinger, launched the second-longest homer in the Majors this year, according to Statcast™ -- a 484-foot, leadoff shot in the seventh inning against Braves relief pitcher Hunter Cervenka -- in the Rockies' 7-3 victory.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Change in strategy benefits Bettis

Rockies starter effective with curveball in win over Braves

Change in strategy benefits Bettis

DENVER -- Facing the Braves for the second time in six days, Rockies starter Chad Bettis flipped his strategy. The result was his best start in two months in a 7-3 win over the Braves on Thursday night.

Bettis held the Braves to one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts. It was the fewest runs he's given up since his May 17 start in St. Louis.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez, Reynolds hit nearly 1,000 feet of homers

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Gonzalez, Reynolds hit nearly 1,000 feet of homers

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has one of the smoothest swings in the game -- and when he connects on a homer, it's a thing of beauty.

With Colorado in a scoreless tie in the sixth inning of Thursday night's game with the Braves, CarGo connected and sent a pitch very far into the Coors Field night. So far, in fact, that it didn't land -- it ricocheted violently off the wall beyond the bullpen.

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Almonte among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Almonte among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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5 reasons Rockies should keep CarGo

5 reasons Rockies should keep CarGo

DENVER -- Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich got the attention of the baseball world in advance of the non-waiver Trade Deadline a year ago.

Bridich dealt shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the face of the franchise, to the Blue Jays for pitching prospects Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco and Miguel Castro and shortstop Jose Reyes.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra resumes running after slight setback

Rockies outfielder rested ankle for three days after experiencing pain

Parra resumes running after slight setback

DENVER -- After a small scare and a three-day break, Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra -- out with a left high-ankle sprain -- resumed his running program Thursday, and believes he could soon begin a Minor League rehab assignment.

Injured June 14, Parra ran for three straight days while the team was in Atlanta last weekend, but said he "felt something" in the ankle the final day. He did not run the last three days in Denver, but ran before Thursday's game against the Braves.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Logan unconcerned as trade rumors swirl

Rockies reliever has never been dealt at midseason

Logan unconcerned as trade rumors swirl

DENVER -- Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan is no stranger to trades, although as rumors swirl, he may have to get used to something new -- a midseason trade.

Logan has been dealt twice in his career: from the White Sox to the Braves in 2008, and from the Braves to the Yankees in 2009. However, both trades were in December.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Calm' could be key to building Rox's momentum

'Calm' could be key to building Rox's momentum

DENVER -- With no one to blame for underachieving at Coors Field, seemingly each Rockies player is shouldering the responsibility. And, as right fielder Carlos Gonzalez noted after Wednesday afternoon's 11-3 loss to the Rays, that isn't working.

"Pitchers have rough outings, but we're not doing the job offensively," Gonzalez said. "We get no pitches, so we chase bad pitches. We try to be creative, and that makes things worse. We have to calm down."

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies can't overcome Rays' big rallies

Rockies can't overcome Rays' big rallies

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa had five quality starts in six outings since being reinstated to the Rockies' rotation. The Rays finally spoiled his run in an 11-3 rout at Coors Field on Wednesday to win their first road series in six weeks.

Tampa Bay lit into De La Rosa early with Evan Longoria's RBI double in the first. Longoria, who ended the series with five extra-base hits, was one of three runners to score in the third before the floodgates opened the next inning. Six of the first eight batters reached base, en route to five runs, highlighted by Steve Pearce's RBI double and former Rockie Corey Dickerson's RBI single.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Chatwood struggling to command fastball

Chatwood struggling to command fastball

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood's struggles on Tuesday -- when he gave up seven runs and eight hits in three innings of a 10-1 loss to the Rays -- have a simple explanation, manager Walt Weiss said Wednesday.

"It's getting back to commanding the fastball. Everything begins with that, for most pitchers," Weiss said. "He was scattering his fastball, spraying it around a little bit last night, a lot of pitches up."

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dahl among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pair of Dodgers pitching prospects each rack up double-digit K's in strong starts

Dahl among top prospect performers Wednesday

Ten was the magic number for a pair of Dodgers pitchers on Wednesday night as both Jose De Leon and Yadier Alvarez struck out 10 hitters in their respective starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class A Great Lakes.

De Leon, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 20 on the Top 100, yielded four hits over a career-high eight scoreless innings to pace Oklahoma City in a 7-0 shutout of Tacoma. The 23-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk in the outing, as he demonstrated exemplary command of his arsenal by throwing 80 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox give young cancer patient VIP treatment

Schroder meets favorite players, gets special seat before, in game

Rox give young cancer patient VIP treatment

On July 9, as the Colorado Rockies battled their way to an 8-3 win over the Phillies, a young man fighting cancer watched with his family from one of the best seats at Coors Field.

Jeb Schroder, a 19 year old from Campo, Colo., who is battling testicular cancer, attended the game thanks to UCHealth's Moments to Shine program, receiving a VIP experience before, during and after the win.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies held to one run in loss to Rays

Rockies held to one run in loss to Rays

DENVER -- Blake Snell turned in six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, Evan Longoria continued his power surge at altitude and the Rays powered past the Rockies with a 10-1 win at Coors Field on Tuesday to snap an 11-game losing streak on the road after inclement weather delayed the first pitch for two hours.

The Rays opened the floodgates with five runs in the third, stringing together three straight extra-base hits from the top of the lineup, including Longoria's towering two-run homer, which left the ballpark at an estimated distance of 462 feet, per Statcast™. That was enough to give Snell the second win of his career, with his nine strikeouts a career best.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rays on Tuesday.

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Story a bright spot for Rockies in defeat

Story a bright spot for Rockies in defeat

DENVER -- On Tuesday night, when almost nothing was working offensively for the Rockies in a 10-1 loss to the Rays, Trevor Story shone bright. His offensive outbursts have been common since his recovery from a bruised right middle finger.

Story reached base all four times he stepped to the plate and drove in the Rockies' only run with a home run in the ninth.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McGee eager to face former Rays teammates

McGee eager to face former Rays teammates

DENVER -- Rockies left-hander Jake McGee is excited for an opportunity to face his former Rays teammates.

Although he didn't get to pitch on Monday in the opener of the three-game set, he seems likely to have his name called, since four of the team's eight relievers pitched in the last two days.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blackmon wins Rockies' 2016 Heart & Hustle Award

Blackmon wins Rockies' 2016 Heart & Hustle Award

DENVER -- Center fielder Charlie Blackmon was voted by former players as the winner of the Rockies' 2016 Heart & Hustle Award, which was presented by the MLB Players Alumni Association. He will be honored at an upcoming home game.

The MLBPAA announced the award Tuesday. Blackmon becomes a nominee for the MLBPAA's overall Heart & Hustle Award, and fans will be part of the voting.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson, Story send Rockies past Rays

Anderson, Story send Rockies past Rays

DENVER -- Tyler Anderson continued his strong performances at home, Trevor Story's two-run homer powered the offense, and the bullpen came up big as the Rockies topped the Rays, 7-4, at Coors Field on Monday in a game delayed 32 minutes at the start by rain.

After being shut out the day before, the Rockies got on the board in the first inning on Carlos Gonzalez's RBI double. Story and Ryan Raburn came around to score in the fifth after reaching on walks to start the inning, and Story's two-run shot the next inning was the key blow for the Rockies' offense.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Monday.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rays on Monday. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports.

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Ottavino gets big outs in win over Rays

Ottavino gets big outs in win over Rays

DENVER -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss said recently that he was ready to use right-hander Adam Ottavino in high-leverage situations, and Ottavino flourished in his first opportunity.

Coming in with one out and the tying run on second base, Ottavino threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in Monday's 7-4 win over the Rays.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key stretch for Rockies before Trade Deadline

Key stretch for Rockies before Trade Deadline

DENVER -- The Rockies understand that their final homestand before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline could be one of the most defining of the 2016 season.

Colorado entered the homestand sitting seven games out of the final National League Wild Card spot at 42-49 -- leaving open the possibilities that management has headed into the Deadline.

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Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller uses break to get healthy ... and married

Miller uses break to get healthy ... and married

DENVER -- Rockies right-hander Justin Miller has been resting a strained left oblique since he was placed on the DL on July 5. However, his All-Star break was not as low key as it was for most players, as Miller got married.

Miller married his girlfriend of three and a half years, Pilar, at Denver Botanic Gardens in Littleton, Colo.

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