Rox stung by wild pitches, drop 5th straight

Rox stung by wild pitches, drop 5th straight

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trailed by five runs in the third, but they got two home runs from Cody Bellinger and scored five runs on four Adam Ottavino wild pitches in the seventh and eighth innings to stun the Rockies, 12-6, for their season-high 10th straight victory on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

It was Bellinger's sixth multihomer game, which is a Dodgers rookie record and one shy of the Major League rookie record Mark McGwire set in 1987. The 21-year-old leads the National League with 24 home runs on the season. The Dodgers have homered in 17 consecutive games and have hit 43 in June.

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Anderson pulled with hamstring cramp

Anderson pulled with hamstring cramp

LOS ANGELES -- A promising beginning to Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson's return after missing 3 1/2 weeks with left knee inflammation ended in pain, with a left hamstring cramp during the third inning of Sunday's 12-6 loss to the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. It's unclear whether the cramp was related to the knee injury.

Anderson, making his first Major League start since going on the disabled list May 30, threw two scoreless innings and had a five-run lead going into the third. But after a one-out walk to Chris Taylor, Anderson didn't retire any of the next four batters and two of them -- Kiké Hernandez and Cody Bellinger -- hit two-run homers to cut the difference to 5-4.

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Ottavino uncorks four wild pitches

Ottavino uncorks four wild pitches

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino thought a good day's work was done. But a call didn't go his way. By the time he actually finished, he had an all-time clunker in a 12-6 loss to the Dodgers.

He thought the seventh ended with his full-count, two-out pitch to the Dodgers' Austin Barnes, but home-plate umpire Mark Carlson called a ball. From there, Ottavino fired a Rockies-record-tying four wild pitches, which accounted for five runs.

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Marquez leads Rox vs. Giants, Samardzija

Marquez leads Rox vs. Giants, Samardzija

Well-rested Rockies rookie right-hander German Marquez will face the Giants and righty Jeff Samardzija on Monday to open a three-game set at AT&T Park. Colorado will be looking to snap its season-high five-game losing streak.

Marquez dealt with frequent base traffic but held the D-backs to one run and four hits in six innings of his last start -- a 4-3 victory on Tuesday in which he didn't figure in the decision. The return of lefty Tyler Anderson to the rotation Sunday to face the Dodgers allowed Rockies manager Bud Black to give Marquez an extra day.

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CarGo trying to avoid stint on disabled list

CarGo trying to avoid stint on disabled list

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, whose sore right shoulder kept him out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Sunday, hit in the Dodger Stadium batting cage in his attempt to avoid having to go on the 10-day disabled list.

"Better, not good," Gonzalez said. "But better is good."

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Gray to return next weekend vs. D-backs

Gray to return next weekend vs. D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- Pleased with his pitches and his health, right-hander Jon Gray will return to the Rockies' rotation for next weekend's series at Arizona.

Gray, who set a Rockies rookie record with 185 strikeouts last season and started this year's season opener, hasn't pitched since suffering a navicular stress fracture of his left foot on April 13 at San Francisco. Gray made three rehab starts, including Saturday for Triple-A Albuquerque at home against El Paso. Gray gave up one run and struck out six, but he walked four in five innings while throwing 95 pitches.

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Rockies' skid reaches season-high 4

Rockies' skid reaches season-high 4

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers got a solid start from ace Clayton Kershaw and took advantage of some wild Rockies pitching to cruise to a 4-0 victory on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, becoming the second team in the Majors and first in the National League to reach 50 wins.

Kershaw worked six scoreless innings with eight punchouts for his 11th victory of the season and 137th of his career, moving the lefty past Johnny Podres for sole possession of ninth place in franchise history. The Dodgers have won a season-high nine straight games, as well as each of Kershaw's last 10 outings.

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Chatwood undone by career-high 8 walks

Chatwood undone by career-high 8 walks

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood's mechanics deserted him again at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

Chatwood tied a career high with eight walks in just 3 1/3 innings of a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers.

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Say what? Tapia talks to his bat

Say what? Tapia talks to his bat

DENVER -- Rockies rookie Raimel Tapia puts the bat to his nose and face when he skims a pitch foul. Those who observe say the scent of leather, wood, pine and dirt -- set afire -- permeates the nose, taste buds and soul.

However, Tapia insists he is not smelling the residue of being this close to success. But it's not because he doesn't want to seem weird. His reasoning isn't the norm.

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Rockies drop third straight in LA opener

Rockies drop third straight in LA opener

LOS ANGELES -- Despite losing Julio Urias before the game to shoulder surgery and Corey Seager during the game with a hamstring cramp, the first-place Dodgers kept on winning Friday night, 6-1 over the Rockies, their eighth consecutive victory, ninth straight at Dodger Stadium and 14th in their last 15 games overall.

Dodgers All-Star candidate Alex Wood allowed three hits and struck out seven in six innings. At 8-0 with a 1.86 ERA, Wood is the first Dodgers starter since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start a season 8-0, and he's the first Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in 1985 to remain unbeaten 11 starts into a season.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Bettis on cancer, recovery, return to Rox

Q&A: Bettis on cancer, recovery, return to Rox

Rockies starter Chad Bettis has had a wide range of emotions in the past year.

Bettis has enjoyed the birth of his first child, but between learning of his wife's pregnancy and the birth of their daughter, he was diagnosed with cancer not once, but twice. He first learned of his testicular cancer last November, and he was told it had spread in March.

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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.

Rockies aren't about to hit the panic button

Rockies aren't about to hit the panic button

LOS ANGELES -- In his 11th season in the Majors, Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds is over any hand-wringing because of a slump, especially if it's more like a mini-slump with more than three months to play.

The Rockies have lost three straight, the latest a 6-1 setback at Dodger Stadium on Friday night. They haven't lost four in a row this season, and they face Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Saturday 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.

Marquez shifts as Anderson rejoins rotation

Marquez shifts as Anderson rejoins rotation

DENVER -- The massaging of the Rockies' starting rotation has begun. Lefty Tyler Anderson, who returned Thursday with a relief inning after missing three weeks with left knee inflammation, will rejoin the rotation Sunday against the Dodgers, Rockies manager Bud Black said after Friday night's 6-1 loss at Dodger Stadium.

Right-hander German Marquez has had his next scheduled start moved from Sunday to Monday in San Francisco.

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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.

Nunez homers twice for Hartford

Nunez homers twice for Hartford

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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Rox rookie pitchers wobble vs. D-backs

Rox rookie pitchers wobble vs. D-backs

DENVER -- The Rockies' young starting rotation, which had been one of the team's biggest bright spots nearly halfway through the season, hit a bump in the road against the D-backs.

Following rookie Jeff Hoffman's poor outing Wednesday, when he gave up nine runs to the D-backs, fellow first-year pitcher Antonio Senzatela followed with a similar start. Senzatela was also charged with nine runs in Thursday's 10-3 loss. Both totals were career highs for the starters.

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Blackmon HRs, but D-backs strike Senzatela

Blackmon HRs, but D-backs strike Senzatela

DENVER -- Zack Godley pitched like a veteran in his first career start at Coors Field as the D-backs took the rubber game, 10-3, from the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. After a Charlie Blackmon solo home run to lead off the first, Godley settled in to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard again until the eighth.

The win wrapped a 7-1 road trip for the D-backs, who moved into a virtual tie with the Rockies for second place in the National League West, one game behind the Dodgers.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's lifted homer

Statcast of the Day: Blackmon's lifted homer

DENVER -- As if the Rocky Mountain wonder needs another weapon at the plate, Charlie Blackmon proved in Thursday's 10-3 loss to the D-backs he may have added one.

Leading off the game in a 2-2 count, the Rockies' center fielder lifted a curveball that dipped 44.8 inches 433 feet to the visitors' bullpen, the fourth-deepest of his 16 homers this year. At 0.84 feet off the ground, it was the lowest pitch converted for a home run in MLB this year, and second-lowest since Statcast™ was implemented in 2015.

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Blackmon, DJ stay aggressive atop lineup

Blackmon, DJ stay aggressive atop lineup

DENVER -- Tell Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon that on-base percentage is crucial for a leadoff hitter, and he's fine with that. But the theory that walks are a primary route to the bases?

"That's the worst idea I've ever heard," Blackmon said. "There's only a handful of guys that walk. The only guys that can walk are guys that can hit the ball over the fence. Trying to get on base via the walk makes it harder to get hits."

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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 activate Anderson, option Estevez

Rockies activate Anderson, option Estevez

DENVER -- Lefty Tyler Anderson returned to the Rockies' active roster with an eventful but scoreless ninth inning during Thursday's 10-3 loss to the D-backs. When he will return to the starting rotation should be known in the coming days.

Anderson (3-5, 5.75 ERA), who hadn't pitched for the club since May 30 because of left knee inflammation, walked the first batter he faced and yielded a hit, but fanned three in a 24-pitch inning. It was his first relief appearance since 2010, his sophomore year at the University of Oregon.

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Rockies sunk by D-backs' huge inning

Rockies sunk by D-backs' huge inning

DENVER -- The D-backs' game-turning, record-setting, fourth-inning rally Wednesday night began with a Brandon Drury two-run double that elicited businesslike fist bumps. By the end of a 10-run, nine-hit frame that led to a 16-5 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field, there was triumphant high-fiving and skipping in the dugout.

Never had the D-backs -- who saw a win streak end at seven games at Coors Field on Tuesday night -- accomplished so many runs and so many hits in a road inning. It was the first time a team had scored 10 or more runs in an inning without a homer since the Cardinals against the Cubs on July 21, 2012, and the first to accomplish the feat on the road since the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2005.

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Hoffman to learn from rough 9-run inning

Hoffman to learn from rough 9-run inning

DENVER -- Rookie right-hander Jeff Hoffman lost the touch with his pitches and found himself on dubious pages of the Rockies' record book.

Hoffman gave up nine runs during a 10-run D-backs fourth-inning barrage, and suffered his first defeat of the season in the 16-5 loss on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

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Qualls on track after feeling fine in 'pen session

Qualls on track after feeling fine in 'pen session

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed relief pitcher Chad Qualls felt normal during a 20-to-25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and expects to be ready by June 28 -- when he is eligible to return from the 10-day disabled list.

After his last appearance, one run in one-third of an inning against the Giants on Thursday night, Qualls' back tightened.

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Top pick Vilade signs, 'ready to be a Rockie'

Prep infielder has baseball connections through Minor League coach father

Top pick Vilade signs, 'ready to be a Rockie'

DENVER -- Newly signed second-round pick Ryan Vilade had Rockies connections before he was drafted earlier this month.

Vilade, 18, an infielder from Stillwater (Okla.) High School, grew up around the game thanks to the coaching career of his father, James. While Vilade and his family were at Coors Field on Wednesday to announce the signing, Vilade discussed how he'd met Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and wants to model his game after him and third baseman Nolan Arenado.

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Nolan's triple caps comeback over D-backs

Nolan's triple caps comeback over D-backs

DENVER -- The crowd at Coors Field was too delirious over the latest Nolan Arenado exploit to find the rhythm for an "MVP!" chant Tuesday night. But the message even pierced Arenado's intense concentration as he stood at third after his two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth delivered a 4-3 Rockies victory over the D-backs.

"I kind of zone out; I have to watch video for it to sink in again," Arenado said. "But standing there at third, I could really hear the crowd. It really fired me up. I was getting chills a little bit."

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CarGo continues to rake against Greinke

Rockies slumping right fielder hits his longest homer of season

CarGo continues to rake against Greinke

DENVER -- A couple of mornings ago, Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez said he was in a slump, not an identity crisis.

"Your name is always the same," he said.

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Parra dances with CarGo's bat before homer

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Parra dances with CarGo's bat before homer

Carlos Gonzalez has not had the best of starts to his 2017 season. The four-time All-Star entered Tuesday's eventual 4-3 win over the D-backs with just five homers and a .219/.301/.335 triple slash on the campaign -- a far cry from his typical form.

So, before Gonzalez's fourth-inning at-bat against Zack Greinke, teammate Gerardo Parra did what he could to get the bad vibes out of CarGo's bat. 

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West's 5,000th game makes Black nostalgic

Longtime umpire was first to eject Rockies manager

West's 5,000th game makes Black nostalgic

DENVER -- The occasion of Joe West umpiring his 5,000th Major League game on Tuesday night brought to mind a different milestone for Rockies manager Bud Black -- his first career ejection.

On May 31, 2007, Black was managing the Padres and his catcher, Josh Bard, hit a home run in the 11th inning at Pittsburgh's PNC Park -- or so Bard and the Padres thought. Even the umpires on the field seemed to think so. But Pirates manager Jim Tracy spoke to the umpires. This was before baseball used replay reviews.

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Anthony Castrovince

D-backs-Rox series has fresh new look for '17

D-backs-Rox series has fresh new look for '17

Two of the great players of our time -- Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado -- are on the same field for the key three-game set between the D-backs and Rockies that begins Tuesday night at Coors Field. But the relative anonymity afforded these two consistently underrated stalwarts is, thankfully, dissipating here in 2017.

Not only are both Goldschmidt and Arenado staging legitimate Most Valuable Player cases in the first half of this season, but they're finally playing on October-caliber clubs worthy of their talents.

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Alyson Footer

Hot stretch puts Rockies atop Power Rankings

Astros drop two spots, Nationals move up to No. 2

Hot stretch puts Rockies atop Power Rankings

Is the NL West a reincarnation of the NL Central of two years ago?

That was the year that the Cardinals won the division with 100 victories, followed by the Pirates (98), and the Cubs (97). There was a lot of tsk-tsking inside the industry -- wasn't it a shame that one of these elite teams that dominated throughout a 162-game grind was going to go home after just one playoff game?

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Reinforcements on the way to rotation?

Beat reporter Thomas Harding answers questions from Rockies fans

Inbox: Reinforcements on the way to rotation?

DENVER -- This week's Edward Jones Inbox comes at a celebratory time, as Rockies fans take a deep breath after Nolan Arenado's game-winning, cycle-completing homer to for a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday at Coors Field.

I'm pretty sure there is only one question to ask after that. How the heck do ya follow that up!! @MileHiPhil

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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.