Bettis struggles vs. Boston's potent offense

Bettis struggles vs. Boston's potent offense

BOSTON -- Steven Wright continued his strong start and Jackie Bradley Jr. ran his hitting streak to 29 games, leading the Red Sox to a 10-3 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Bradley went 2-for-4 with a double to raise his batting average to .350. He is one game away from becoming the first Major Leaguer since the Dodgers' Andre Ethier in 2011 to have a hitting streak of 30 games.

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CarGo figures out knuckleballer

Rockies outfielder gets two of his three hits vs. Red Sox's Wright

CarGo figures out knuckleballer

BOSTON -- After a line drive single to shallow right-center field in the second inning Wednesday, Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez accomplished something that no Colorado player has done in nearly four years. He recorded a base hit against a knuckleballer.

Colorado faced a knuckleballer in Steven Wright for the first time since Aug. 20, 2012, when the Rockies squared off against R.A. Dickey.

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Lambert among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Rockies activate Motte, place Logan on DL

Rockies activate Motte, place Logan on DL

BOSTON -- Prior to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, the Rockies placed left-hander Boone Logan on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder, retroactive to May 18. In his place, right-hander Jason Motte was reinstated into the bullpen.

Logan was warming up in the bullpen during the team's 8-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday, but he did not enter the game. The last time he pitched was May 17 in St. Louis. He has a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings pitched this season.

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Gray makes first start in Boston in series finale

Gray makes first start in Boston in series finale

Rockies right-hander Jon Gray will try to cool off the surging Red Sox offense in the series finale Thursday night at Fenway Park. Boston counters with righty Clay Buchholz, who's coming off a quality start.

"It's a tough environment to pitch in, but being here and sitting through these games helps a lot," Gray said.

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Rockies can't keep up with Red Sox

Rockies can't keep up with Red Sox

BOSTON -- The Red Sox continue to pound the baseball at Fenway Park, making the Colorado Rockies their latest victims en route to an 8-3 victory on Tuesday night.

David Ortiz had four RBIs, Jackie Bradley Jr. ran his hitting streak to 28 games and David Price (7-1, 5.34 ERA) produced his third straight strong performance to earn the win. Boston is 12-2 in its last 14 home games and has recorded 10-plus hits in 16 of 18 games at Fenway since April 20.

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Reynolds cautions against trappings of Fenway

Rockies slugger records 1,000th hit but shifts focus to showdown vs. Red Sox

Reynolds cautions against trappings of Fenway

BOSTON -- Mark Reynolds was well aware of the fact that he could potentially cross a baseball milestone during the Rockies 8-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night. All he needed was one hit, and a line drive into center field in the fourth inning earned the first baseman his 1,000th career hit.

"It's pretty cool. I never thought I'd be able to get one hit in the big leagues, so to be able to get 1,000 is pretty neat," Reynolds said.

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Lyles optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque

Lyles optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque

BOSTON -- Just when Jordan Lyles received another chance to acclimate himself to the Major League atmosphere, the right-hander dealt an unfortunate 92-mph fastball on Monday and was sent back to the Minors on Tuesday.

The Rockies activated Jorge De La Rosa from the disabled list on Tuesday so the lefty could start the series opener against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, and Lyles was the odd man out. The 25-year-old was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, one day after he hit Pirates righty Ryan Vogelsong with a pitch that caused multiple facial fractures. Lyles took the loss after his 2 1/3-inning effort and was visibly shaken when discussing the unfortunate pitch postgame.

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Versatile Rusin proves valuable out of bullpen

Versatile Rusin proves valuable out of bullpen

PITTSBURGH -- Chris Rusin figures no matter when the Rockies ask him to pitch, his job is the same. The left-hander handled that job well with 4 2/3 scoreless innings during Colorado's 6-3 loss to the Pirates on Monday afternoon at PNC Park.

After a solid start last week in St. Louis, Rusin was moved to long relief -- and possible lefty-specialist duty -- to accommodate lefty Jorge De La Rosa's return to the starting rotation Tuesday vs. the Red Sox.

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Lyles struggles as Rox drop makeup game

Lyles struggles as Rox drop makeup game

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates survived another tight ninth inning, earning a 6-3 victory over the Rockies on Monday afternoon in a makeup of Sunday's rainout at PNC Park.

With the Bucs leading, 2-0, in the second inning, pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the head by Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles -- who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque for this series -- and immediately crumpled to the ground. Vogelsong was carted off the field with an eye injury and replaced by Wilfredo Boscan, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

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Francis, Kent to represent Rockies at Draft

Francis, Kent to represent Rockies at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Somber Lyles hoping for best for Vogelsong

Somber Lyles hoping for best for Vogelsong

PITTSBURGH -- It was almost as hard for Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles to discuss hitting Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the helmet and face with a 92-mph fastball as the incident was to watch.

The incident forced across a second-inning run and was one of the six (four earned) charged to Lyles, who made a spot start after being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. But Lyles, hung with the decision in the 6-3 loss at PNC Park, was more bothered by the pitch that left Vogelsong with what the Pirates called a left eye injury.

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Crew chief Nelson exits due to debris in eye

Crew chief Nelson exits due to debris in eye

PITTSBURGH -- Home-plate umpire and crew chief Jeff Nelson had to leave Monday's Rockies-Pirates game at PNC Park in the third inning.

With one out and runners on the corners in the third inning, Sean Rodriguez hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado fielded the chopper and threw the ball home to catcher Tony Wolters as Francisco Cervelli broke from third base toward the plate.

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Weiss confident CarGo can battle through woes

CBA rules limit Rockies' say in makeup game; Motte on track for activation

Weiss confident CarGo can battle through woes

PITTSBURGH -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez has been out of sync the entire month. Manager Walt Weiss believes it is best to use the slugger in the heart of the lineup in hopes that his fortunes will turn.

Gonzalez entered Monday's finale against the Pirates in a 2-for-32 slump over the previous 10 games while hitting .183 with one home run and one RBI in May. But he batted cleanup against the Bucs -- the fourth time this season he has hit fourth -- and ended an 0-for-17 stretch with a first-inning single before finishing 2-for-4 in the Rockies' 6-3 loss at PNC Park.

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Recovering Runnells briefly steps in for Weiss

Bench coach underwent rotator cuff surgery in November

Recovering Runnells briefly steps in for Weiss

PITTSBURGH -- As Rockies bench coach, Tom Runnells' job is to strategize a few steps ahead of the action while advising manager Walt Weiss. In the past, however, he loved the physical part, such as throwing batting practice or catching and throwing with players working on their skills.

This year, Runnells is strictly a thinking man.

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McMahon among Sunday's top prospect performers

Righty K's eight over four scoreless frames for Cardinals' Triple-A club

McMahon among Sunday's top prospect performers

Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno. He recorded eight strikeouts -- matching the season-high for a Redbirds starting pitcher -- against three walks, with 48 of his 85 pitches going for strikes.

The Cardinals' No. 1 prospect fanned a two Memphis hitters in the first inning and then struck out the side in the following frame, while pitching around a pair of walks. He punched out three more hitters across his final two innings, including back-to-back called third strikes to end the third after he had allowed the first two batters to reach base.

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Adames' 1st MLB HR caps 4-run 9th to beat Bucs

Adames' 1st MLB HR caps 4-run 9th to beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- A pair of Pirates errors opened the door for the Rockies' four-run ninth inning in a 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday at PNC Park.

In the ninth inning, Colorado broke open a 1-1 game after a two-out throwing error by catcher Francisco Cervelli allowed Gerardo Parra to reach first. Closer Mark Melancon walked another batter and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for Tony Wolters, who singled on a grounder to first, scoring Parra. The ball took a hop off the bag, throwing Pirates first baseman John Jaso off-balance as he struggled to make a play for it, and Daniel Descalso scored an unearned run to make it 3-1.

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Fundamental Wolters shows flair for dramatic

Catcher makes two key defensive plays, drives in go-ahead run vs. Bucs

Fundamental Wolters shows flair for dramatic

PITTSBURGH -- Catcher Tony Wolters' artful defense gave the Rockies a chance to win Saturday. So he didn't mind helping deliver a 5-1 win over the Pirates with an inelegant hit in the top of the ninth.

Wolters prevented a run in the fourth with a knee-drop that blocked Jung Ho Kang from the plate -- legally, as replay ruled. He ended the eighth, when he retrieved the ball after Carlos Estevez's fastball squirted from his mitt and threw out Matt Joyce trying to advance.

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Pair of Rockies among top prospect performers Saturday

Cubs' prospect has career-high seven RBIs in win

Pair of Rockies among top prospect performers Saturday

Double-A Tennessee pulled off a dramatic comeback win Saturday night as they scored nine times in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Biloxi, 10-9.

At the center of the Smokies' late-inning rallies was third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who went 4-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth en route to driving in a career-high seven runs.

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Chatwood's road work rewrites record books

Righty sets Rockies' mark with 27 2/3 scoreless IP away from Coors

Chatwood's road work rewrites record books

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Tyler Chatwood was too busy battling to concern himself with his place in Rockies history Saturday.

Chatwood, needing to be solid because Pirates pitcher Jonathon Niese was equally effective, held the Pirates to one run in six innings. Before giving up a fourth-inning run, he extended his road scoreless streak to a club-record 27 2/3 innings. But he was more concerned with keeping his team in position for an eventual 5-1 victory at PNC Park.

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Story's first All-Star start could come in Majors

Rockies shortstop proves he's more than an April anomaly

Story's first All-Star start could come in Majors

Five seasons in the Minor Leagues, and Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story never did play in an All-Star Game.

Not that it mattered. Story never has been hung up on awards. Ever since the Rockies made him the 45th player selected in the 2011 Draft, he has had only one goal -- making it to the Major Leagues.

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Arenado hits 14th HR but Bucs edge Rockies

Arenado hits 14th HR but Bucs edge Rockies

PITTSBURGH -- Throwing seven strong innings, oddly, without a strikeout, right-hander Gerrit Cole worked his way out of trouble and led the Pirates to a 2-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night at PNC Park.

Cole scattered 10 hits but limited the Rockies' lineup to just one run: Nolan Arenado's Major League-leading 14th home run, a sixth-inning no-doubter to left field. It was Cole's first start without a strikeout, but he managed to pitch effectively for seven full innings by relying on Pittsburgh's defense, which delivered in several key moments.

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Botched pickoff spoils Butler's strong start

Rockies' right-hander holds Pirates to one earned run in defeat

Botched pickoff spoils Butler's strong start

PITTSBURGH -- Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler was pleased with the way he attacked the strike zone Friday night. It was one delivery that had nothing to do with the strike zone that left him with a 2-1 loss to the Pirates.

In a third straight good-enough-to-win effort, Butler held the Pirates to two runs (one earned) and seven hits in six innings. He struck out one and escaped several jams.

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Rockies pleased with approach to Cole

Hitters, Weiss lament lack of timely hits but don't regret strategy vs. Bucs' ace

Rockies pleased with approach to Cole

PITTSBURGH -- The Rockies couldn't regret how they countered Pirates ace pitcher Gerrit Cole on Friday night. They had 12 hits and left Cole without a strikeout for the first time in his Major League career.

The problem for the Rockies was just one of their hits -- Nolan Arenado's Majors-leading 14th home run -- pushed a run across. Add to that a couple of the hardest-hit balls zoomed straight into Pirates' gloves, and the opposing defense was stellar when it needed to be, and the Rockies left with a 2-1 loss.

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Rockies recall key reliever Castro

Rockies recall key reliever Castro

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Miguel Castro returned to the Rockies for Friday's game against the Pirates, after spending time on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and making two appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque.

Castro, 21, posted a 1.50 ERA with eight strikeouts in six innings in a key late-game role before being placed on the 15-day DL on April 22. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he would initially not use Castro in crucial situations. But Castro came into a tight game Friday, with the Rockies trailing, 2-1, in the eighth. After forcing two popups and giving up Starling Marte's double, Castro fanned Francisco Cervelli on an 85-mph slider. The Rockies ended up losing by the same score.

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Story stays the course, snaps homerless drought

Story stays the course, snaps homerless drought

ST. LOUIS -- Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story may no longer be the subject of the baseball world's tongue-in-cheek calculations about how many home runs he's on pace to hit, but he's still certainly pleasing the Rockies.

Story's solo home run off the Cardinals' Tyler Lyons in the seventh inning of a 13-7 loss was his 12th of the season -- the most in history for a Major League shortstop in his first 40 games.

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Contrite Reyes looks ahead during workout

Contrite Reyes looks ahead during workout

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A fit and muscular Jose Reyes was on R2, known locally as Red Mountain Field at Salt River Fields, by 9 a.m.

Reyes, who wore the team-issued purple and black wind shorts with dark tights and black tennis shoes, fielded ground balls with players almost 10 years his junior. He took batting practice on the field to reggaeton music and later tried to remember when his new teammates told stories about meeting him as fans at a gas station in New Jersey years ago.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.