Blackmon's 2nd HR starts 5-run rally in 11th

Blackmon's 2nd HR starts 5-run rally in 11th

WASHINGTON -- Charlie Blackmon hammered a pair of home runs, including the go-ahead two-run shot in the 11th to catapult the Rockies to a 9-4 victory over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon in 11 innings at Nationals Park.

Cristhian Adames singled to open the 11th, and Blackmon said he was trying to hit the ball to the right side. He did so, all right, lifting Yusmeiro Petit's 80-mph changeup into the right-field seats for his 23rd homer and fifth multi-homer game this season.

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CarGo adds name to list of 200-HR sluggers

Rockies outfielder ends 1-for-21 slump with two-run blast in 11th inning

CarGo adds name to list of 200-HR sluggers

WASHINGTON -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez ended his slump in milestone style.

With Colorado already up two runs on Charlie Blackmon's 11th-inning home run, Gonzalez added another two-run shot -- his 200th career homer -- in the Rockies' 9-4 victory over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

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Ottavino's scoreless-games streak snapped

Rockies righty allows run after 37 straight flawless appearances

Ottavino's scoreless-games streak snapped

WASHINGTON -- Adam Ottavino proved he is human when he gave up a ninth-inning, two-out run against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon and saw his club-record scoreless streak end at 37 games, covering 31 1/3 innings. But he overcame it to finish the frame, and he finished the day happy -- especially for a bullpen that had been beleaguered -- after a 9-4 Rockies victory in 11 innings at Nationals Park.

Jayson Werth popped a soft single that landed just shy of left fielder David Dahl to drive in Ben Revere, who had walked and stolen second, to tie the game at 4. Ottavino then put the game further at risk by throwing a wild pitch, as Werth -- who took second on the throw home on his single -- advanced to third.

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Rockies rooks make history with 10-K games

Gray, Anderson become third pair since 1900 to accomplish feat in consecutive starts

Rockies rooks make history with 10-K games

WASHINGTON -- Even within the rubble of a rough road trip, the performances of rookie pitchers Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson in Milwaukee shine at an all-time level.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, Gray and Anderson each fanned 10 in losses to the Brewers that were marked by the struggles of the bullpen. But in addition to being the first time in club history that starters had double-figure strikeouts in consecutive games, the Elias Sports Bureau noted that it marked the third time since 1900 that rookie pitchers had punched out double figures in two straight.

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Bettis faces Nats in finale in bid for win No. 11

Bettis faces Nats in finale in bid for win No. 11

The Nationals have received three glimpses of their top prospect, righty pitcher Lucas Giolito. They'd like to get a longer look on Sunday, when he faces the Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Nationals Park.

Giolito, ranked the No. 4 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, debuted solidly on June 28 with four scoreless, one-hit innings against the Mets before he was removed after a rain delay. But in two other starts, his secondary pitches have eluded him and he has given up eight runs (six earned), 11 hits and seven walks in seven innings. Giolito has a 2.55 ERA with 23 strikeouts at Triple-A Syracuse this month, so he'll get a chance because Reynaldo Lopez was sent down.

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Cardullo completes unlikely rise to Rockies

Paulsen optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque

Cardullo completes unlikely rise to Rockies

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Cardullo learned from Triple-A Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill that he was being rested Thursday night. Knowing the team is battling for a postseason chance, Cardullo asked if he could pinch-hit against El Paso. Hill said no, so Cardullo used his energy for a lonely batting-cage session after the Isotopes' 3-0 win.

Little did Cardullo, 28, know his long climb -- from having to earn a spot at Florida State's tryout camp and ending up an All-American, to being a lightly regarded D-backs 24th-round Draft pick in 2010, to being released after two years of Rookie-level ball, to four years of independent ball before joining the Rockies on a Minor League contract this year -- was about to reach its goal.

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Late Rox rally not enough vs. Nationals

Late Rox rally not enough vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON -- With two-fifths of their rotation in flux thanks to injuries to Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, the Nationals will lean more heavily on the veterans in their rotation to give them strong outings similar to the one left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned in to help guide them to a 8-5 victory over the Rockies on Friday night at Nationals Park.

Gonzalez picked up the 100th victory in his career after he held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts. He was aided by a pair of solo homers from Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy, who drove in two runs and collected the 500th RBI of his career.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Rookie Hoffman not letting challenges faze him

Despite losses in first two starts vs. tough opponents, righty stays positive

Rookie Hoffman not letting challenges faze him

WASHINGTON -- Last week, Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he was throwing touted righty Jeff Hoffman "right into the fire." But two starts in, both with their challenges and both losing efforts, Hoffman thinks it's all pretty cool.

Hoffman, the Rockies' No. 3 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, went six solid innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits that included solo homers by Jayson Werth in the first and Daniel Murphy in the fifth as the Rockies fell to the Nationals, 8-5, at Nationals Park on Friday night.

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Castellani among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

Castellani among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 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.

Hoffman is the next MLB fashion icon

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Hoffman is the next MLB fashion icon

Think of baseball's greatest fashion icons: Ken Griffey Jr. Chris Sabo. Every member of the 1970s Pirates teams. Each one of them had something to set them apart, whether it was the backwards cap, the goggles, or the gloriously bright yellow-and-black unis. 

Jeff Hoffman, the rookie hurler for the Rockies, may be looking to lock up the title of MLB's Fashion Plate, 2016 edition. Let's see what he's got working for him: 

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De La Rosa enjoying start-by-start approach

Although future uncertain, veteran 'having fun every time' he gets ball

De La Rosa enjoying start-by-start approach

WASHINGTON -- Rockies left-handed veteran Jorge De La Rosa knows looking too far back reminds him of a forgettable first two months of the season, and the future bears uncertainty.

But De La Rosa (8-7, 5.07 ERA) is living start to start -- and enjoying it. He lost his rotation spot with an 11.41 ERA through six starts. After a rejuvenating bullpen stint, De La Rosa is 6-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 13 starts going into Saturday's assignment against the Nationals.

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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.

Gray humbled by Cherokee Nation roots

Right-hander passionate about preserving Native American language, culture

Gray humbled by Cherokee Nation roots

DENVER -- Rockies pitcher Jon Gray's grandfather, who is of Cherokee descent, had some fun teaching Gray a few basics of the Native American tribe's language, like frequently used words and animal names.

"He's always been kind of a goofball -- he'll throw Spanish, Cherokee and English together, thinks it's pretty funny," Gray said.

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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.

Arenado thrills in HR race against Bryant

Young slugging third basemen engaged in back-and-forth battle

Arenado thrills in HR race against Bryant

MILWAUKEE -- More than one month remains in the regular season, but the National League home run race between the Rockies' Nolan Arenado and Cubs' Kris Bryant gained steam over the past week.

The jockeying between the two slugging third basemen for sole possession of the league lead continued on Wednesday as Arenado hit his 34th homer of the season in a 7-1 loss to the Brewers, breaking a tie with Bryant. Ever since the Rockies and Cubs faced off over the weekend in Colorado, the lead has pinballed back-and-forth between the two players.

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

Rockies give Parra 1st career start at first base

Three players have started at position in three-game series under platoon system

Rockies give Parra 1st career start at first base

MILWAUKEE -- The Rockies' revolving door at first base continued to spin on Wednesday, as Gerardo Parra made his first career start at the position in Colorado's 7-1 loss to Milwaukee at Miller Park.

Since Mark Reynolds (left hand) went on the disabled list on Aug. 12, Colorado has mostly been using a platoon system at first, with Ben Paulsen against right-handers and Ryan Raburn against southpaws. As Reynolds is likely out for the season following surgery, the quest to solidify the position continued Wednesday, with Parra batting fifth in the lineup.

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

Rox overpowered after Anderson stacks up K's

Rox overpowered after Anderson stacks up K's

MILWAUKEE -- If the Brewers could only convince Major League Baseball to schedule all of their games at Miller Park, this rebuild could be completed in record time.

Ryan Braun continued a productive August by belting a pair of home runs, and the Brewers finished a three-game sweep of the Rockies with a 7-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park. Milwaukee improved to 36-29 at Miller Park vs. 20-41 elsewhere, representing baseball's widest disparity between home and road results.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Gray's 10 K's for naught as 'pen struggles in loss

Gray's 10 K's for naught as 'pen struggles in loss

MILWAUKEE -- Advanced metrics rule the game these days, but Hernan Perez proved some of the old-school adages hold true, too. Good things happen when you put the ball in play.

Perez punched a two-strike, two-out, two-run triple just inside first base in the seventh inning to cap a three-run Brewers rally, sending them to a 6-4 win over the Rockies on Tuesday at Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Weiss stands by IBB that led to 2-run triple

Rockies walked Braun for Perez, who drove in two runs

Weiss stands by IBB that led to 2-run triple

MILWAUKEE -- The Rockies' decision to intentionally walk the Brewers' Ryan Braun to put the go-ahead run on base in the seventh inning didn't work out as planned. Braun came around to score the eventual winning run, but it's a move that manager Walt Weiss assured that he would make again.

With a one-run lead and first base open with two outs in the seventh, the Rockies opted to put Braun on in favor of pitching to Hernan Perez with reliever Carlos Estevez. Estevez jumped ahead in the count, 0-2, before Perez shot a 98-mph fastball down the right-field line for a two-run triple to put the Brewers in front.

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

LeMahieu day to day with wrist inflammation

Rockies second baseman suffered injury during loss to Brewers on Monday

LeMahieu day to day with wrist inflammation

MILWAUKEE -- It appears that a check swing may be the only thing to keep DJ LeMahieu's bat from torching opposing pitchers.

Entering the day second in the NL with a .344 batting average, the Rockies second baseman was a lineup scratch with left wrist inflammation. LeMahieu, batting a league-best .461 with four homers and a 1.239 OPS in August, tweaked his wrist on a check swing on Monday against the Brewers but insisted he would not miss significant time.

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Bettis walks 7 as Rockies drop opener to Crew

Bettis walks 7 as Rockies drop opener to Crew

MILWAUKEE -- After losing his sixth straight start last week, Jimmy Nelson made the case that he was pitching better than his box scores. On Monday, he could finally let a box score speak for itself.

In his first quality start in more than a month, Nelson scattered seven Rockies hits and yielded two runs over six innings of the Brewers' 4-2 win at Miller Park. He didn't walk a batter for the first time all season and threw his first pitches in a sixth inning since his most recent victory -- a July 16 triumph over the Reds in which Nelson worked seven shutout innings.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee..

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LeMahieu hitting goals at the plate in 2016

Rockies second baseman ranks second in NL batting title race

LeMahieu hitting goals at the plate in 2016

MILWAUKEE -- Leading the league in homers and RBIs, it only makes sense that Nolan Arenado would steal the national headlines for the Rockies, but DJ LeMahieu's recent torrid run at the dish should earn him a spot in those same conversations.

LeMahieu entered the day tied with the Nationals' Daniel Murphy for the NL batting title lead with a .345 average and added the lone RBI in Colorado's 4-2 loss to the Brewers on Monday. Over his last 18 games, the Rockies second baseman is batting .476 (31-for-65) with 17 runs, and his 128 wRC+ leads all Colorado hitters, minimum 30 games played.

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Murphy among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Murphy among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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

Oberg lands on DL; Estevez recalled to 'pen

Right-hander suffering from axillary artery thrombosis

Oberg lands on DL; Estevez recalled to 'pen

MILWAUKEE -- The Rockies placed reliever Scott Oberg on the 15-day DL with axillary artery thrombosis and recalled reliever Carlos Estevez prior to Monday's series opener with the Brewers.

Oberg, who last pitched on Friday, was experiencing tightness in his arm that required a "day or two" of rest, according to Rockies manager Walt Weiss. That tightness and fatigue, however, did not dissipate -- a symptom of the injury caused by arterial compression -- and tests revealed the severity of Oberg's injury.

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Arenado's 2 HRs lead to Rockie day for Cubs

Arenado's 2 HRs lead to Rockie day for Cubs

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado's discontent came to a head Saturday night, when he and a hitting confidant argued until finding the cause. Arenado provided the solution Sunday afternoon, when he delivered two three-run homers in the Rockies' 11-4 rout of the National League Central-leading Cubs at Coors Field.

Batting-practice pitcher Garrett Carson, whose voice Arenado listens to, thought he was doing things right without good results. But Arenado, 1-for-16 this homestand before Sunday's 4-for-5 performance, knew something was off. Video revealed a slightly longer-than-recommended stride.

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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.

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

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MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

Rodgers on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Rodgers on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Yankees have gotten both younger and better in the past month. They traded their best hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller), then installed three rookies in their lineup and two more in their rotation. After playing .500 ball through July, New York is in the midst of its best month (11-8) of the season and has climbed within four games of a Wild Card berth.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De La Rosa keeps up momentum in strong 8 IP

Lefty maintains composure after Rockies jump out to early lead

De La Rosa keeps up momentum in strong 8 IP

DENVER -- Less than three months removed from a demotion to the bullpen, Jorge De La Rosa looked like his old self in the Rockies' 11-4 win over the MLB-leading Cubs on Sunday.

De La Rosa quieted the red-hot Cubs -- who had won 19 of their past 23 and had scored 15 runs over the first two games of the series -- with six strikeouts and just four hits surrendered over a season-high eight innings.

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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.

USMNT legend Tim Howard threw out the first pitch

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USMNT legend Tim Howard threw out the first pitch

Tim Howard makes a living defending, not attacking, but before Sunday's game between the Rockies and Cubs at Coors Field, the prominent soccer goalkeeper fired in a strike when throwing out the game's first pitch.

"I was nervous, surprisingly enough, because I don't want to screw up," Howard said after his throw in front of a packed crowd. "But when you play in front of thousands of people, it's no problem when you play your sport. But with something else, it's a little different."

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Tracy Ringolsby

Arenado proving he can hit anywhere, anytime

Arenado proving he can hit anywhere, anytime

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado is threatening to break the mold. He is a Rockies player who is forcing others to ignore their Coors Field bias.

It's a cloud that hung over original Rockies Dante Bichette and Andres Galarraga, the franchise's first impact free agent, Larry Walker, and even Todd Helton, the only player whose number the Rockies have retired.

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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.

Fans go after home run that landed in a trash can

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Fans go after home run that landed in a trash can

These are high times in the art of hitting baseballs into trash cans. Freddy Galvis hit a ball that hopped into the bullpen garbage. Just a week later, Taylor Featherston went into the dugout bin on the fly. During the Cubs' 11-4 loss to the Rockies on Sunday, though, Addison Russell outdid them all -- he reached the left-field trash can with a home run.

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