Rox fall despite Arenado's HR, Gray's solid start

Rox fall despite Arenado's HR, Gray's solid start

KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy appeared to have no-hit stuff from the get-go.

Duffy fired a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings before Colorado's Nolan Arenado clubbed his 28th home run, a two-run shot. The Royals hung on for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium after the Rockies loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, and left-hander Scott Alexander got the final out after coming in for closer Kelvin Herrera, who left with forearm tightness.

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Gray sees positives in loss to Royals

Gray sees positives in loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Jon Gray made just three significant mistakes among his 101 pitches in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday night. But due to the experienced Royals hitters he was facing and his team's struggling offense, that added up to a 3-2 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

"I try to ditch all the negative thoughts," Gray said. "After every game, I feel positive because I know exactly what to do to fix the problems. I am going to take it into this week and work on it really hard."

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Charlie's chase: Blackmon sets 149-run pace

Charlie's chase: Blackmon sets 149-run pace

Pop quiz, hot shot! You already know which stud is leading MLB in home runs this season. That would be Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton with 46. You also probably have a good idea which star owns the highest batting average. Why, it's Houston Astros hit maestro Jose Altuve at .358.

But which player tops the oft-overlooked runs-scored leaderboard?

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A big 'fail' for Anderson on Players Weekend

Desmond honors stepdad with his jersey nickname Friday-Sunday

A big 'fail' for Anderson on Players Weekend

MIAMI -- Many of the Rockies' nicknames for MLB's Players Weekend are dead giveaways. "Cargo" and "Nado" aren't exactly head-scratchers. (Hint: It's Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado.)

But two monikers that will be worn Friday through Sunday on the jerseys of pitcher Tyler Anderson and infielder Ian Desmond are slightly more complex.

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Lucroy's new life at the plate key to push

Rockies C could become difference-maker down the stretch

Lucroy's new life at the plate key to push

DENVER -- "I was kind of surprised how he ended up here."

Charlie Blackmon glanced at the other end of the Rockies clubhouse at Coors Field and saw his newest teammate, catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

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Senzatela returns to starting role to face Royals

Senzatela returns to starting role to face Royals

It's been a long time since Royals righty Ian Kennedy has felt comfortable pitching at home in Kauffman Stadium. And simply being on the mound to start a game is a feeling Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela hasn't experienced in a while.

Kennedy, who will face the Rockies in the second of three games, coughed up five runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings of a 10-1 loss to the Indians on Friday night. Kennedy has gone a Royals record-tying 15 starts without a home win. Mac Suzuki (1999-2000) and Glendon Rusch (1997-98) share the mark.

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Holland gets good reception in return to KC

Rockies closer looking to bounce back after a few rough outings

Holland gets good reception in return to KC

KANSAS CITY -- The reception for Rockies closer Greg Holland from a large Kansas City media contingent in the visiting dugout Tuesday was warm and admirable. He couldn't wrap his mind around how wonderful it would be hours later, when Kauffman Stadium would fill.

Holland helped the Royals get to the World Series in 2014 and win it in 2015 before signing with the Rockies last winter. Tuesday marked his first game in Kansas City as a visitor. Holland admitted feeling strange about the possibility of receiving a big ovation, even though he could potentially be trying to secure a win against the home team.

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CarGo breakout could give Rockies big boost

Outfielder starting to turn struggles around as Colorado eyes postseason

CarGo breakout could give Rockies big boost

DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez's season-long offensive woes have taken a toll on him.

Gonzalez has never struggled this much without injury. His numbers have ticked up recently, but the Rockies -- who have lost nine of 13 -- saw their cushion in the National League Wild Card race fall to 3 1/2 games with Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Brewers. Gonzalez's improvement could help stop the slide.

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Reynolds goes deep, but Rox fall in finale

Reynolds goes deep, but Rox fall in finale

DENVER -- Jesus Aguilar powered the Brewers to a winning start to their critical western road trip.

After hitting a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning Saturday night, Aguilar cleared the fences twice more on Sunday afternoon to lead the Brewers to an 8-4 win and a series victory over the Rockies at Coors Field.

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Scuffling offense has slowed Rockies

Colorado goes 2-for-14 with RISP against Brewers

Scuffling offense has slowed Rockies

DENVER -- With the playoff race heating up, now is not a good time for the Rockies' bats to go cold.

Since their Aug. 6 loss to the Phillies, the Rockies have averaged 4.4 runs per game, including their 17-run barrage against the Braves on Wednesday. But remove that contest and the average falls to 3.3 runs per game.

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Bettis solid again in second start back from DL

Bettis solid again in second start back from DL

DENVER -- Chad Bettis underwent a long recovery in his battle with testicular cancer, but things are slowly returning to normal.

Bettis was economical on the mound for the second straight start in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Brewers, needing just 92 pitches in seven innings of work. In his first outing of the year last Monday, Bettis also went seven innings while throwing 90 pitches.

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Nevin collects five hits for Asheville

Nevin collects five hits for Asheville

Yankees prospects Miguel Andujar and Domingo German led Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 3-0 win over Durham with a pair of strong performances on Sunday.

Andujar, the Yankees' No. 6 prospect, extended his hitting streak to six games and drove in two of the RailRiders' three runs. The 22-year-old, who finished 3-for-4, hit a solo homer in the sixth and then added an RBI double in the eighth, which brought his average up to .326 through 45 games at the Triple-A level.

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Leader Watch: Blackmon chasing Turner

Third baseman would be first Dodger since 1963 to win title

Leader Watch: Blackmon chasing Turner

July was a heck of a time to be Justin Turner.

On July 6, fans selected the Dodgers' third baseman as the National League Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote recipient, punching his ticket to the Midsummer Classic. Twelve days later, after a 1-0 Dodgers win over the White Sox, Turner finally recorded the requisite 3.1 plate appearances per team game to qualify for the league batting title. With his average above the clouds at a lofty .370 at the time, Turner found himself clear of second-place Daniel Murphy of the Nationals by 30 points in the NL race.

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Lucroy reflects on journey

Veteran backstop welcomes fresh start in Colorado

Lucroy reflects on journey

DENVER -- Jonathan Lucroy once hoped to be a Brewer for life. On Saturday, less than 13 months after he was traded away from his original organization, he reflected on an unexpected road to the Rockies.

"A lot's changed," Lucroy said before Saturday's game against Colorado at Coors Field. "It's been a pretty big adjustment moving around. At this time last year, I never thought I would be in Colorado. … I've learned my lesson twice. You can't have expectations in this game because in my experience it usually doesn't work out."

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Blackmon hitting more opposite-field homers

Blackmon hitting more opposite-field homers

DENVER -- Even Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon isn't sure what to make of a recent happy trend.

Blackmon opened Friday night's 8-4 victory over the Brewers with his career-high-tying 29th homer. It went the opposite way to left-center field -- which is becoming less unusual.

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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 and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies rally late but fall to Brewers

Rockies rally late but fall to Brewers

DENVER -- Late-game heroics from Jesus Aguilar saved the Brewers from falling further behind in the NL Central race Saturday.

Pinch-hitting in the pitcher's spot in the top of the ninth, Aguilar crushed a two-out, full-count breaking ball from Rockies closer Greg Holland to straightaway center for a tiebreaking homer that propelled the Brewers to a 6-3 win. The victory helped the Brewers stay two games behind the first-place Cubs while also leapfrogging the Cardinals into second place.

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Senzatela to rejoin Rockies' starting rotation

Senzatela to rejoin Rockies' starting rotation

DENVER -- Rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela will start Wednesday in Kansas City, but it remains unclear how long he'll stay in the rotation.

Rockies manager Bud Black did not commit to using Senzatela beyond his start against the Royals. Senzatela is starting in place of fellow rookie Jeff Hoffman, who was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.

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Homers carry Rockies into Wild Card lead

Homers carry Rockies into Wild Card lead

DENVER -- The Rockies powered their way back to the top of the National League Wild Card race while dealing Matt Garza and the Brewers a tough start to a critical three-city road trip.

Big nights from Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez led the Rockies over the Brewers, 8-4, on Friday night at Coors Field as Colorado broke a tie atop the NL Wild Card standings with the D-backs, who lost to the Twins. Blackmon, Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra all homered off Garza for a six-run Rockies lead by the fifth inning.

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Arenado: Getting hits better than taking them

Despite sore left hand, Rox third baseman ignites offense

Arenado: Getting hits better than taking them

DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado wants to lift his team to the postseason so bad it hurts.

After being hit hard on the left hand by a baseball twice in the previous five days, Arenado ignored the pain and had a two-run triple to spark an early rally in an 8-4 victory over the Brewers on Friday night.

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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 and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox option Hoffman, McMahon to Triple-A

Righty Oberg, outfielder Tauchman recalled from Minors

Rox option Hoffman, McMahon to Triple-A

DENVER -- Following his start Thursday, Rockies rookie Jeff Hoffman was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday. But Hoffman won't be pitching in Albuquerque -- or at all -- anytime soon.

The Rockies are giving Hoffman a break, manager Bud Black said, similar to how fellow rookies Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela received rest earlier this season. Hoffman won't pitch for five or six days and then the Rockies will re-evaluate.

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Leader Watch: Blackmon on pace for 30-30-15

Rockies outfielder having career year; tops Majors in runs, total bases and triples

Leader Watch: Blackmon on pace for 30-30-15

The Rockies dropped a 10-4 matinee to the Braves on Thursday, but that didn't stop Charlie Blackmon from doing his thing.

Blackmon collected a pair of doubles (giving him 27 on the year) and a home run (his 28th) at Coors Field, continuing a terrific season for Colorado's star center fielder. He's leading the Majors with 111 runs scored, 303 total bases and 14 triples, while also pacing the National League with 164 hits.

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Bats can't provide enough in loss to Braves

Bats can't provide enough in loss to Braves

DENVER -- Ender Inciarte homered twice and the Braves launched four solo shots off Rockies rookie starter Jeff Hoffman in a 10-4 victory on Thursday at Coors Field. The result pushed the Rockies into a tie with the D-backs for the top National League Wild Card spot.

Inciarte has hits in 19 of his last 20 games but hadn't homered since July 19 before going deep to lead off the third and fifth innings. He improved his homer total to 10 -- one more than his combined total of the previous two years -- and helped the Braves earn a split of the four-game set. Tyler Flowers opened the second with his 10th homer, and Freddie Freeman added his 22nd homer to chase Hoffman after 4 1/3 innings.

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Black will consider using 'Votto' alignment

Black will consider using 'Votto' alignment

DENVER -- When the Cubs used four outfielders against Reds slugger Joey Votto earlier this week, Cubs manager Joe Maddon did something rarely seen before in baseball.

But the idea itself isn't entirely new, according to Rockies manager Bud Black. When Black was the pitching coach with the 2002 Angels, he and Halos manager Mike Scioscia's staff -- which included Maddon -- discussed using four outfielders against Barry Bonds in the World Series.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Adversity no roadblock to resilient Rox

Adversity no roadblock to resilient Rox

DENVER -- In the pregame media session on Thursday morning, Rockies manager Bud Black was asked a couple questions about postseason possibilities. He smiled.

"Let's not get ahead of ourselves," Black said. "You know what I'm looking at? I'm looking at Aug. 17."

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Rox rout Braves, take lead for NL Wild Card

Rox rout Braves, take lead for NL Wild Card

DENVER -- The Rockies' bats woke up with a vengeance Wednesday night against the Braves.

After scoring three or fewer runs in eight straight games, the Rockies beat the Braves, 17-2, jumping on opposing starter Mike Foltynewicz, who allowed a career-high eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

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Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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Story the headline in Rox offensive splurge

Shortstop has first multi-homer game of season, six RBIs

Story the headline in Rox offensive splurge

DENVER -- Trevor Story has experienced enough home run spurts that when he doesn't, he misses them.

Story homered twice -- his first multi-homer game this season -- while driving in a career-high six runs in the National League Wild Card-leading Rockies' 17-2 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

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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 and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Parra eats fan's sunflower seeds after foul ball

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Parra eats fan's sunflower seeds after foul ball

It's always nice to share your food at the ballpark, especially when the players are involved. Don Mattingly proved this most famously in 1992 with a young fan's popcorn, and the Brewers' Orlando Arcia did the same with some ice cream back in July.

So, with his Rockies already far ahead in the sixth inning en route to a 17-2 win on Wednesday over the Braves, Gerardo Parra decided to take a page from Mattingly's book. After all, he was in the middle of a terrific 3-for-4 game and played a pivotal role in scoring several runs. That's worthy of a reward.

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3 HRs not enough, Rox fall on costly error

3 HRs not enough, Rox fall on costly error

DENVER -- The Rockies and Braves played a close game Tuesday night at Coors Field, and a rare sight was the difference -- a Nolan Arenado error.

Arenado, who won a Gold Glove in each of his first four seasons, fielded a routine grounder at third base with two outs in the top of the eighth, but first baseman Mark Reynolds couldn't pick the ball out of the dirt on the throw. The ball caromed away from Reynolds, as Brandon Phillips scored the winning run from second to lift the Braves to a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

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Bettis has new perspective on game, life

Beating cancer twice has changed Rockies starter's outlook

Bettis has new perspective on game, life

DENVER -- Chad Bettis used to live for baseball. It was the focus of his life.

Not anymore. And Bettis is better for it -- as a person and as a pitcher.

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