Chatwood, Rockies unable to contain Nats

Chatwood, Rockies unable to contain Nats

DENVER -- The Nationals clobbered their way to another win early, defeating the Rockies, 11-4, on a chilly Wednesday night at Coors Field to win their eighth game on their current 10-game road trip, which ends with Thursday's four-game series finale.

Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper each had huge nights, combining to go 12-for-19 and tally nine of the Nats' RBIs. Harper went 4-for-4 with a walk in what was his fifth career four-hit game and third of 2017. Murphy has 12 RBIs since Sunday, Zimmerman is 15-for-33 (.455) with five homers and 14 RBIs in his last nine games, and Turner is 11-for-24 with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in six games since coming off the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Nationals on Wednesday.

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Rockies place Dunn on DL, activate Qualls

Dahl improving from rib injury, looks to ramp up activity next week

Rockies place Dunn on DL, activate Qualls

DENVER -- A Rockies bullpen that has shown significant improvement from last season will be without one of its key contributors, as the club placed left-hander Mike Dunn on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with back spasms.

Right-hander Chad Qualls, who began the year on the disabled list with forearm tightness in his pitching arm, was activated to replace Dunn on the active roster.

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Senzatela looks to stay sharp at home vs. Nats

Senzatela looks to stay sharp at home vs. Nats

In the finale of an epic Coors Field series that saw 54 combined runs score through the first three games, the Nationals and Rockies will welcome starting pitchers who can tame Denver's mile-high atmosphere Thursday afternoon.

The Nats send left-hander Gio Gonzalez to the mound with a 2-0 record and 1.35 ERA in four quality starts this season. He's thrown at least six innings each time out, allowing no more than two runs in a game. He has a 6.00 ERA in two appearances spanning nine innings at Coors Field.

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CarGo unloads a 436-foot blast on chilly night

'He's close to breaking out,' Black says of slumping Rox slugger

CarGo unloads a 436-foot blast on chilly night

DENVER -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez entered Tuesday's 15-12 loss to the Nationals batting just .214 with one home run in 19 games. But on a chilly and wet night at Coors Field, where a number of drives by Rockies hitters ended in a Nationals glove at the warning track, Gonzalez blasted a 436-foot homer in the second inning off Washington starter Joe Ross.

Gonzalez also had a deep drive to left-center in the seventh inning for a sacrifice fly. Those swings could signal that he's starting to heat up at the plate.

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Black: Desmond close to rehab game

Black: Desmond close to rehab game

DENVER -- Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday injured first baseman Ian Desmond is "getting close to a [rehab] game" but wouldn't give more details.

Desmond, who sustained a fractured left hand from being hit by a pitch during a Spring Training game March 12, took batting practice Monday for the first time since the injury. He also took ground balls at first base, shagged fly balls in the outfield and ran the bases prior to the Rockies' 8-4 win over the Nationals at Coors Field.

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Rox rally behind 4 homers, but fall short

Rox rally behind 4 homers, but fall short

DENVER -- On a damp and frigid Tuesday night at Coors Field, Trea Turner swung the hottest bat, hitting for the cycle and driving in a career-high seven runs in the Nationals' 15-12 victory over the Rockies. Washington has won eight of its last nine games.

Turner singled in the first, doubled in the second, homered in the sixth and tripled in the seventh for the third cycle in Nationals history, and the ninth in the combined history of the Expos and Nationals.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver, and covered the Nationals on Tuesday.

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Wolters making presence known with his bat

Wolters making presence known with his bat

DENVER -- Tony Wolters employs a healthy dose of deception when calling pitches as the Rockies' starting backstop, which he said is related to knowing the challenges of batting eighth.

Wolters, who made his 11th start in Monday's 8-4 win over the Nationals, elevated his batting average to .351 after going 3-for-4 with his first RBI of 2017, a significant uptick from his .259 clip of a year ago, even with a small sample size thus far.

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Marquez tabbed to fill Gray's rotation spot

Marquez tabbed to fill Gray's rotation spot

DENVER -- The anticipation of who would temporarily take Jon Gray's rotation spot ended on Monday, when right-hander German Marquez strolled through the clubhouse. Marquez, the Rockies' No. 4 prospect, will start Tuesday's game against the Nats on a 90-pitch threshold, manager Bud Black said.

Because of that limit, Black indicated that long relievers Jordan Lyles and Chris Rusin could contribute on Tuesday.

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Rockies power up for fourth straight win

Rockies power up for fourth straight win

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon extended his hit streak to nine games and hit a go-ahead homer to cap a comeback, and the Rockies powered past the Nationals, 8-4, in the opener of a four-game series on Monday at Coors Field featuring the teams with the National League's best records.

Blackmon's deep fly was his sixth this year, and fourth during his streak, which began on April 14. The Rockies, who have won eight of their last 10, piled on another three runs in the eighth to relieve starting pitcher Tyler Anderson from another outing that began strong but ended abruptly.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Nationals on Friday.

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With BP, Desmond takes significant step

With BP, Desmond takes significant step

DENVER -- The Nationals watched Ian Desmond reach many milestones dating back to their days as the Montreal Expos (they drafted him in 2004), so it was perhaps fitting that the first-year Rockie took another significant step toward his return from a fractured left hand with his former team in town.

Desmond took roughly 25 cuts in his first batting practice since being hit by a 93-mph fastball in a Cactus League game on March 12 and undergoing surgery. He also ran the bases, shagged fly balls in the outfield and fielded grounders at first, the position the Rockies acquired him to play.

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Rodgers singles in 1st at-bat of season

Rodgers singles in 1st at-bat of season

Posting zeroes has become the norm for Class A Kane County's Jon Duplantier in the first month of the Minor League season. On Monday, the D-backs' No. 8 prospect fired five dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 20 1/3 to begin the season.

Duplantier, 22, allowed three hits and struck out eight batters en route to his first professional win. He generated six ground-ball outs and did not record a flyout in the outing, throwing 45 of his 69 pitches for strikes in his third start (and fourth appearance) for the Cougars.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Strong start no fluke for talented Rockies

Strong start no fluke for talented Rockies

The Rockies had just put the finishing touches on their first three-game sweep of the Giants at home in 15 years. They had matched the second-best start in franchise history, a 13-6 record that is one win shy of that early-season surge in 1997 and in line with what they did to open the 2011 and '13 campaigns.

And early in the postgame media session, manager Bud Black, in his first year with the Rockies, was asked why this year would be any different than those previous years -- when Colorado faded following that April elation.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox roll to first home sweep of Giants since '02

Rox roll to first home sweep of Giants since '02

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.

Gerardo Parra homered and drove in three runs to lead a balanced Rockies offense that complemented rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland's seven-inning effort. The combined shutout completed Colorado's first three-game home sweep of the Giants since May 24-26, 2002, and kept the Rockies (13-6) atop the National League West standings.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

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Freeland shuts down Giants in best start yet

Freeland shuts down Giants in best start yet

DENVER -- In the Rockies' home opener two weeks ago, Kyle Freeland made his Major League debut in his hometown and threw six innings of one-run ball at Coors Field for the win. It didn't seem like it could get any better.

Until Sunday. In his fourth start, Freeland put up seven goose eggs at Coors Field, shutting out the Giants and securing a series sweep with an 8-0 victory, scattering six hits and just one walk while striking out three. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, nine of them on groundouts.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Could Desmond return in the outfield?

Could Desmond return in the outfield?

DENVER -- He hasn't played in a game since a Cactus League appearance nearly six weeks ago, but Ian Desmond continues to make headlines as the Rockies await his debut in purple pinstripes and his first regular-season appearance at first base.

Desmond has earned two All-Star selections, one as a shortstop, where he started for six full seasons with the Nationals, and a second last year after converting to the outfield with the Rangers. The Rockies signed him to start at first base, but after Desmond fractured his left hand in a March 12 Spring Training game, backup first baseman Mark Reynolds has excelled, leading the team with a .339 (21-for-62) average, five homers and 16 RBIs.

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Senzatela cruises as Rockies romp past Giants

Senzatela cruises as Rockies romp past Giants

DENVER -- For Rockies rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela, facing the Giants spurs growth. On Saturday night -- for the second time in a week -- Senzatela threw seven stellar innings while shutting down the Giants, this time in a 12-3 victory at Coors Field.

After being fastball-dominant early in Sunday's 4-3 victory at AT&T Park, Senzatela said he worked on the "chop," or the downward break, of his slider. This time he mixed his best slider of the season early, plus he threw a small number of effective changeups.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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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Blackmon enlists Black for batting practice

Blackmon enlists Black for batting practice

DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon said Giants lefty pitcher Matt Moore "mixes it up pretty well and throws a lot of strikes." To prepare for Saturday's clash with Moore, Blackmon took swings in the batting cage from a lefty who could mix pitches with control.

That pitcher is Rockies manager Bud Black.

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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 manager Bud Black helped sell tickets

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Rockies manager Bud Black helped sell tickets

Bud Black is new to the city of Denver. In his first year of managing the Rockies, he is still getting to know the place -- the players, his staff, the shower with the best water pressure in the clubhouse. But, he's not letting all those adjustments distract him from getting to know the fans.

Prior to Saturday evening's game against the Giants, Black took over one of the Coors Field ticket windows for a surprise face-to-face with Rockies fans.

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Rockies' 2-homer frame enough to top Giants

Rockies' 2-homer frame enough to top Giants

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies packed their offense into Friday night's fourth inning, as Trevor Story's grand slam preceded Charlie Blackmon's two-run, inside-the-park homer in a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Giants starter Johnny Cueto entered the game with a 7-0 record and a 1.47 ERA in his last eight starts against the Rockies. That didn't matter to Colorado, which defeated San Francisco for the fourth time in five games, as Cueto yielded all six Rockies runs along with eight hits in five innings.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Owen Perkins is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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Rockies tally slam, inside-the-parker in 1 inning

Rockies tally slam, inside-the-parker in 1 inning

DENVER -- Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon combined for an inning for the ages in the fourth frame Friday night, running the home run gamut from a grand slam by Story to Blackmon's inside-the-park hustling homer, fueling a six-run outburst to pace the Rockies to a 6-5 win over the Giants.

The Rockies, who are 11-6 atop the National League West, were the first NL team to accomplish the grand slam/inside-the-park tandem in the same inning since the New York Giants accomplished the feat against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, when Don Mueller hit the slam at the Polo Grounds and Hank Thompson legged out the inside-the-park homer. According to Stats, the only other team to do it since was the 2011 Red Sox, with Conor Jackson slamming the Orioles and Jacoby Ellsbury notching the inside-the-park four-bagger in Fenway Park.

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

Bullpen helping Rockies weather injury flurry

Bullpen helping Rockies weather injury flurry

DENVER -- While the Giants were reeling after the loss of ace Madison Bumgarner to bruised ribs and a shoulder AC sprain following an off-day dirt bike accident in Denver, the Rockies reveled in their strong start despite the number of their own key players on the disabled list.

The Rockies started the season with starting pitcher Chad Bettis (testicular cancer), first baseman Ian Desmond (left hand fracture), outfielder David Dahl (rib stress reaction), bullpen stalwart Chad Qualls (right forearm tightness), potential starting pitcher Chris Rusin (right oblique strain), backup catcher Tom Murphy (right forearm fracture) and reliever Jairo Diaz (Tommy John surgery) all on the DL. A week ago, Opening Day starter Jon Gray (left foot stress fracture) joined the ranks of the wounded.

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Bridich dishes on hopes for Rockies

Senior VP, GM discusses career path, direction of club

Q&A: Bridich dishes on hopes for Rockies

Like many college players, Jeff Bridich dreamed of a career as a professional baseball player. That dream was never fulfilled, but Bridich found an outlet for his love of the game, first working for Major League Baseball before joining the Colorado Rockies.

Bridich was named the Rockies' senior vice president and general manager in October 2014, a decade after joining the organization.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson sees progress in uneven outing

'It was a step in the right direction,' Rockies lefty says after 4-2 loss

Anderson sees progress in uneven outing

LOS ANGELES -- It was a good night, it was a bad night and it was even a slightly controversial night for Rockies starter Tyler Anderson.

Overall, however, the left-hander and Rockies manager Bud Black decided progress had been made in his young starting pitcher's fourth start of the season.

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Rockies come up short vs. Kershaw, Dodgers

Rockies come up short vs. Kershaw, Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- A lineup filled with reserves provided enough support for Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to beat the Rockies and left-handed starter Tyler Anderson, 4-2, Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 and is 10-0 in his last 11 starts at home after allowing two runs over seven innings, with Kenley Jansen picking up his second four-out save in five days.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez bruises finger on HBP

Gonzalez bruises finger on HBP

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was relieved Wednesday night when forced to leave a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers after being hit on the right hand by a Clayton Kershaw pitch.

X-rays were negative and he was left with only a bruised pinkie.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Instead of making excuses, Rockies winning

Instead of making excuses, Rockies winning

If the Rockies were having a sluggish April, they'd have plenty of ways to rationalize it.

Ian Desmond, their $70 million free-agent signee, and promising outfielder David Dahl have yet to play in the regular season because of injuries.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He also has covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Almonte notches 10 K's in scoreless outing

Almonte notches 10 K's in scoreless outing

Make it three straight scoreless starts for Class A Advanced Buies Creek's Franklin Perez.

The Astros' No. 6 prospect extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 on Thursday, tossing five dominant frames against a loaded Carolina offense. He gave up two hits, struck out seven and induced six ground-ball outs as Buies Creek routed the Mudcats, 14-1.

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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.

Arenado credits dad, coach for big game

Arenado credits dad, coach for big game

LOS ANGELES -- This is lofty territory, the terrain generally reserved for the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper: best position player in baseball.

There are a handful of others, however, who deserve mention in the conversation and one was on display Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Arenado, Story slug Rox past Ryu, Dodgers

Arenado, Story slug Rox past Ryu, Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story went deep once and the Colorado bullpen pitched five innings Tuesday night to hold off the Dodgers, 4-3, at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) pitched six innings for the first time this year with seven strikeouts, but he has allowed six home runs in 15 1/3 innings with two losses to the Rockies. Kyle Freeland started for Colorado, but he was removed with two on and no outs in the fifth inning and did not qualify for the victory. He walked four, hit two batters and made 87 pitches in four-plus innings.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies call up Valaika, reinstate Parra

Carle, Tapia optioned to Triple-A in corresponding moves

Rockies call up Valaika, reinstate Parra

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies made a couple of roster moves prior to Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers, one very expected and one less so.

Outfielder Gerardo Parra was reinstated from paternity leave as anticipated, but also added to the roster was infielder Pat Valaika.

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