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Rockies hitters provide big lead early, team holds on late to beat Rangers

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The Rockies used a potent offense to race out to a ten run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, and then held on after the Rangers scored a half dozen runs of their own in that frame to come away with a 11-1 victory at Arlington on Saturday. Six Rockies hitters had multiple hit games, and the offense pounded out 17 hits overall. Most of those came in the first five innings, when both the Rockies and Rangers did all their scoring, before both teams settled down for four scoreless innings to end the game.

Chris Nelson and Dexter Fowler each had three hits for the Rockies, while Jonathan Herrera, Jordan Pacheco, Jason Giambi and Wil Nieves had two apiece. Fowler and Nieves both homered to drive the scoring in a three run fifth, but the Rockies put their other eight runs on the board with station to station rallies, including six with two outs thanks to timely RBI hits from Tyler Colvin, Giambi and Nelson.

As for the pitching, Josh Outman remains a bit of a tease, as he went through the first four innings without much of a problem ---aside a home run by Nelson Cruz--- before running into trouble just after going over Rockies starters' 75 pitch limit with one out and one on in the fifth inning. Outman walked Elvis Andrus to put a second runner on base, but got Josh Hamilton to strike-out before giving up back to back run scoring singles to Adrian Beltre and Michael Young. With Cruz coming up again, Jim Tracy decided to pull Outman in favor of Adam Ottavino, albeit the same result Tracy was trying to avoid occurred anyway. Cruz's second blast of the game, this time for three runs, cut the lead to five, and then Yorvit Torrealba knocked in the Rangers last run two batters later after a Mike Napoli double.

Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt were able to shut the Rangers offense down from there, however, and the Rockies have a chance for a rare road series win, against a contender, no less, if they are able to take tomorrow's rubber game.


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