Rockies fall in extras after Anderson's gem

Rockies fall in extras after Anderson's gem

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers gave Vin Scully a championship sendoff in his final Dodger Stadium broadcast, as reserve Charlie Culberson blasted a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday to clinch a fourth consecutive National League West crown with a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

The clubs traded home runs with two outs in the ninth inning, with David Dahl giving the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a homer off closer Kenley Jansen, and then Corey Seager tying the game and earning a curtain call with a blast off Adam Ottavino. Culberson's home run, off Boone Logan, was his first since 2014.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Rockies recall Fernandez's smile, joy for game

Rockies recall Fernandez's smile, joy for game

LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Gonzalez's glowing smile was mostly absent on Sunday morning. It only showed when he remembered the beam of the late Jose Fernandez, the Marlins' 24-year-old star pitcher who was tragically killed in a boating accident.

Gonzalez's favorite smile from Fernandez came, fittingly, at a time when most people would've thought he had no reason to smile.

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Marquez looks to follow up solid first start vs. Giants

Marquez looks to follow up solid first start vs. Giants

Left-handed pitcher Matt Moore and the Giants will get another crack at the Rockies on Tuesday night in the first of three games at AT&T Park. It hasn't been easy for Moore or his team.

Moore, acquired from the Rays to help the Giants with their playoff push, coughed up five hits and six runs -- including a Carlos Gonzalez grand slam and a Nick Hundley solo shot -- while losing at Coors Field, 6-0, on Sept. 5.

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Arenado hopes to get Vin's signature on 40-HR bat

'I can put that bat away as one of the best memories I've had,' Rockies 3B says

Arenado hopes to get Vin's signature on 40-HR bat

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado put his game preparation aside Friday night and absorbed the ceremony for Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, whom he watched and listened to while growing up in Southern California. Then Arenado sent Scully the gift of his power, hoping Scully will send him a signature.

And in the sixth inning, when Arenado hit his 40th homer of the season to put his name in historic category, Scully was still on his mind.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Q&A: Howe reflects on his 7 trips to the postseason

Art Howe came out of the University of Wyoming figuring his dreams of becoming a professional athlete weren't going to come true. He returned home to Pittsburgh, went to work and played baseball in weekend leagues for the fun of it.

Then, at the age of 24, a Pirates scout saw enough of Howe to offer him a contract, and his dream came true.

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

Arenado joins 'elite' 3B club with 40th homer

Arenado joins 'elite' 3B club with 40th homer

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the third third baseman in history to have multiple 40-homer seasons before turning 26 when he went deep against the Dodgers' Josh Fields in the sixth inning of Friday night's 5-2 loss at Dodger Stadium.

Arenado's homer, which cut the Dodgers' lead to 4-1, also made him the fourth Rockies player to have multiple 40-homer seasons. He joined Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton and Vinny Castilla, who is with the club as a special assistant to the general manager. Castilla did it three straight years, 1996-98.

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Weiss not speculating on future with Rockies

Weiss not speculating on future with Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies manager Walt Weiss has starred in several stories speculating which managers won't return for 2017, but Weiss won't participate in the rumors because he holds at least part of the answer.

Weiss's two-year contract is up at the end of this season, his fourth managing the club. The Rockies would have to go on a borderline miracle to finish for his first above-.500 season, but what looks to be a solid third-place finish in the National League West -- in a year when the club went into August in contending position -- represents improvement.

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Rockies can't solve Kershaw, lose 3rd straight

Rockies can't solve Kershaw, lose 3rd straight

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers trimmed their magic number to one to clinch a fourth consecutive division title by crushing the Rockies on Saturday night, 14-1, with Clayton Kershaw firing seven scoreless innings and Josh Reddick blasting a grand slam.

The Dodgers are assured of no worse than a one-game tiebreaker on Monday, Oct. 3. If the Dodgers win the National League West, they would play the NL East champion Nationals in the NL Division Series. Washington has a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers for home-field advantage in that matchup. They can clinch the division with a win Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in the final home game to be broadcast by retiring legend Vin Scully.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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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Arenado's 40th homer not enough to top LA

Arenado's 40th homer not enough to top LA

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Appreciation Night started with an emotional pregame tribute for the retiring Hall of Fame announcer and ended with a 5-2 Dodgers win over the Rockies on Friday night, cutting their magic number to win the National League West to two while extending the lead over the Giants to seven games with eight to play.

The NL West champion will play the NL East champion in the NL Division Series. The Dodgers trail Washington for home-field advantage by 1 1/2 games.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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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Tracy Ringolsby

Starting at bottom, Gray rises to top of rotation

Rockies rookie didn't win until 14th start, but he has best Coors game ever

Starting at bottom, Gray rises to top of rotation

The moment is permanently etched in Colorado Rockies right-hander Jon Gray's memory.

Winless in 11 big league starts, having allowed 11 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings in his first two starts this season, Gray began start No. 3 by giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Jay and Wil Myers in San Diego to open the bottom of the first inning May 2, and Matt Kemp doubled them home.

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

Rockies put on a show for fan's 100th birthday

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Rockies put on a show for fan's 100th birthday

The Rockies played spoiler in the Cardinals' quest for the NL Wild Card on Wednesday, topping St. Louis, 11-1. Colorado had a pair of five-run innings and racked up 12 hits, including two home runs: Tom Murphy's three-run shot in the seventh inning and Nolan Arenado's emphatic grand slam in the third.

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Rockies let game slip away in tense late innings

Rockies let game slip away in tense late innings

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully Weekend at Dodger Stadium doesn't officially start until Friday, but the Dodgers got the celebration started early Thursday night with a 7-4 comeback win over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal's two homers cutting the magic number to win the National League West to four.

Trailing 4-1, the Dodgers scored one run on a pair of misplays in the sixth inning, then erupted for five in the seventh. One scored on a bases-loaded walk to Adrian Gonzalez by Boone Logan, then Grandal blasted his second career grand slam and his 27th homer of the season after his solo shot in the second inning. Grandal also had a missed fly ball ruled a double and a single in four plate appearances.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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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Big blasts power Marquez to first career win

Big blasts power Marquez to first career win

DENVER -- German Marquez was exceptional in his first Major League start, and Nolan Arenado's grand slam powered the Rockies past the Cardinals, 11-1, at Coors Field on Wednesday. The loss kept the Cardinals tied with the Giants and Mets for the two National League Wild Card spots.

Marquez baffled the Cardinals over five frames, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one, with the only damage coming on Kolten Wong's second-inning sacrifice fly. Marquez was especially effective when he kept the ball low; he recorded six groundouts and two flyouts.

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

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

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RBI-leader Arenado's slam catalyzes Rockies

Third baseman needs two runs batted in to match career high from 2015

RBI-leader Arenado's slam catalyzes Rockies

DENVER -- Even if his name doesn't appear high on voters' lists for the National League Most Valuable Player Award, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is happy to just keep contributing for his team.

Wednesday was no exception, as he led the way offensively in the Rockies' 11-1 win over the Cardinals with a grand slam in a 2-for-3 afternoon at Coors Field.

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Cole OK, but sits after being hit during BP

Batted ball richocheted off another before striking Rockies' third-base coach

Cole OK, but sits after being hit during BP

DENVER -- Rockies third-base coach Stu Cole was taken to the hospital after being struck in the head by a ball while throwing batting practice prior to Tuesday night's 10-5 loss to the Cardinals. Tests were negative, and Cole returned to Coors Field before the end of the game and met with the other coaches.

Infielder Cristhian Adames was fielding ground balls and tossed one in, but that ball ricocheted off a batted ball and hit Cole. Cole rejoined the team Wednesday, but he will not resume coaching until Thursday's game in Los Angeles.

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Cardinals, Rockies battle it out in the form of a pregame standoff

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Cardinals, Rockies battle it out in the form of a pregame standoff

Before Wednesday's Cardinals-Rockies game had even begun, St. Louis had already tallied a win. Well, when it comes to anthem standoffs, anyway. Perhaps inspired by the Brewers and Reds last week, or, you know, any anthem standoff in the past decade, the Rockies' Carlos Estevez and the Cardinals' Jose Martinez heard the song end … and then they just kept standing there. 

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Blackmon sets Rockies' mark for leadoff RBIs

Blackmon sets Rockies' mark for leadoff RBIs

DENVER -- With a home run in the fifth inning of the Rockies' 10-5 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night, center fielder Charlie Blackmon set the franchise record for RBIs by a Colorado leadoff hitter.

With 75, Blackmon passed Eric Young's mark of 74 RBIs in 1996. As Blackmon rounded third on the homer, he high-fived Young, who was filling in as the third-base coach.

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

Rockies can't power past Cards despite 3 HRs

Rockies can't power past Cards despite 3 HRs

DENVER -- Behind a career-high four RBIs from Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals moved into a three-way tie for the top National League Wild Card spot with a 10-4 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field. St. Louis, San Francisco and the New York Mets are all 80-71 with 11 games left in the regular season.

"I've been saving my RBIs up for this year," Wainwright said. "I'm doing whatever it takes to help this team win. In a park like this, in a place that no lead is safe, if a pitcher can go up there and push something across and help the team get a run, get four runs, whatever, you're doing your job."

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

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

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Tracy Ringolsby

Rox's rotation should follow De La Rosa's lead

Rox's rotation should follow De La Rosa's lead

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa was a 10-year baseball journeyman, who spent the bulk of his time bouncing around in the Minor Leagues with the D-backs, Red Sox, Brewers and Royals, when the Rockies decided to give him a shot. In spring 2008, Colorado acquired him from Kansas City to complete a trade for Ramon Ramirez.

"None of the metrics look good, but [scout] Terry Wetzel saw something in him and really believed in him," former Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd remembered. "The Royals were down on him, so we decided to see what might happen."

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LeMahieu all about team goals, not batting title

Rockies second baseman has reached base in 35 straight games, leads NL in hitting

LeMahieu all about team goals, not batting title

DENVER -- If Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu's plate appearances, which double as clinics in situational hitting, fly under the radar, it's time to recalibrate the device.

LeMahieu drew a first-inning walk, went 2-for-4 and scored two runs in the Rockies' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals on Monday at Coors Field. The fact he struck out with one on during an unsuccessful comeback attempt in the ninth inning qualifies as news, the way LeMahieu has been performing.

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Rox battle back, but can't catch Cards

Rox battle back, but can't catch Cards

DENVER -- Carlos Martinez powered himself to his career-high 15th win with a fourth-inning double, as the Cardinals topped the Rockies, 5-3, at Coors Field on Monday and moved into a tie for the second National League Wild Card spot.

The Cards joined the Giants -- who lost to the Dodgers -- top the second Wild Card, while the Mets lead the first Wild Card by one game.

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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.

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Scuffling as starter, Hoffman to finish '16 in 'pen

Rockies righty prospect confident plan will work for him

Scuffling as starter, Hoffman to finish '16 in 'pen

DENVER -- Rockies right-handed prospect Jeff Hoffman, who has struggled with his execution through his first five Major League starts, will finish the season in the bullpen.

The move gives another righty prospect, German Marquez, a chance to make his first start Wednesday and most likely another. It also gives Hoffman (0-4, 6.04 ERA) relief opportunities to regain the pitch execution he showed while earning his big league chance.

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5-run 4th leads Rockies to sweep of Padres

5-run 4th leads Rockies to sweep of Padres

DENVER -- Mark Reynolds led the way for the Rockies' five-run, fourth-inning rally but saw his season come to an end the next inning when he was hit by a pitch in the Rockies 6-3 win over the Padres, at Coors Field on Sunday. The win secured the Rockies' first sweep of the Padres since Aug. 5-7, 2014, and gave them the season series 10-9.

The Rockies couldn't manage much off San Diego starter Jarred Cosart until the fourth, which ended his night when they hit around. Reynolds' 14th homer of the season knocked in David Dahl, who doubled to left center. After Tony Wolters singled to center, Cosart walked three batters, including DJ LeMahieu, who extended his career-best on-base streak to 34 games. Reliever Jose Dominguez couldn't stop the bleeding, giving up a single to Carlos Gonzalez, which knocked in two more runs.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Reynolds out for season with broken left hand

Rockies slugger was hit by pitch in fifth inning

Reynolds out for season with broken left hand

DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds will miss the rest of the season with a fractured left hand after Padres reliever Jose Dominguez hit him in the fifth inning of Sunday's 6-3 win.

Reynolds had returned from the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 31 from a fractured hamate bone in the same hand that required surgery. The recovery was supposed to take six to eight weeks, but Reynolds returned in 20 days.

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Ottavino out to solve struggles vs. lefty hitters

Rockies closer throws a scoreless ninth to notch fifth save on Sunday

Ottavino out to solve struggles vs. lefty hitters

DENVER -- Sunday afternoon, like most games this time of year against teams with expanded rosters, was another chance for Rockies closer Adam Ottavino to address his greatest weakness.

The right-handed Ottavino faced four Padres batters in the bottom of the ninth inning. What's instructive is he defeated the three left-handed hitters he faced -- two on strikeouts -- to earn his fifth save of the season in the Rockies' 6-3 victory at Coors Field.

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Murphy shows off power during big league stint

Rockies catcher hits two home runs and drives in five on Saturday

Murphy shows off power during big league stint

DENVER -- After early-season struggles, Rockies rookie catcher Tom Murphy has become a new hitter. With mechanical adjustments to his swing, Murphy has become a major threat at the plate and a potential long-term piece for the team.

Murphy showed off his powerful swing in Saturday's win over the Padres with his first multi-homer game and a career-high five RBIs.

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Gray dominates Padres in record-setting CG

Gray dominates Padres in record-setting CG

DENVER -- Rockies starter Jon Gray set a club record with 16 strikeouts -- including a club-record six straight in the second and third innings -- and catcher Tom Murphy led the Colorado offense with two home runs and five RBIs as the Rockies took care of the Padres, 8-0, on Saturday at Coors Field.

Gray threw his first career shutout -- and complete game -- with extraordinary dominance. He struck out four in the second inning -- Jon Jay reached on a passed ball -- and punched out the first two batters to start the next inning. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked none, while no Padres baserunner made it past first base.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Gray sets Rockies record with 16-K shutout

Rookie fans 4 in 2nd inning en route to first career CG

Gray sets Rockies record with 16-K shutout

DENVER -- Rockies rookie right-hander Jon Gray was too busy talking to himself to eat much Saturday. "A protein shake, a banana and Goldfish," he said.

Sufficiently hungry like the wolf by game time, Gray ate the Padres' lineup alive while achieving a club-record 16 strikeouts and throwing the first complete game and shutout of his career, an 8-0 domination at Coors Field.

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Statcast of the Day: Coors boost Exhibit A

Rockies star Arenado gets distance power-up from home park

Statcast of the Day: Coors boost Exhibit A

Nolan Arenado has proven he can hit a ball as far as anyone, and the All-Star put that on display again during Saturday's 8-0 win over the Padres. But he also got some help from the friendly hitter's confines of Coors Field.

In a scoreless game in the bottom of the first, Arenado muscled an Edwin Jackson pitch out to the concourse in left field with an exit velocity of 103.9 miles per hour and a launch angle of 35 degrees. Arenado, Jackson and just about everyone in the ballpark could tell from the crack of the bat that the ball was heading for the seats. The hit tracking technology of Statcast™ said so, too, as batted balls hit with similar velocity and angle this year had gone for home runs 70 percent of the time.

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