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Thursday Rockpile: Matt McBride's grand slam lifts Rockies to win over Kansas City

The Rockies finally won their 50th game of the season last night thanks to a big home run from an unlikely source.

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Matt McBride makes quick work of Rockies call up with go-ahead grand slam - The Denver Post
Called up from Colorado Springs yesterday, Matt McBride took advantage of his first major league start of the season with a sixth-inning grand slam against Kansas City starter Danny Duffy that gave the Rockies a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Changeup creates Coors advantage for De La Rosa -
Thomas Harding profiles Rockies lefty Jorge De La Rosa, who has 44 career wins in his career at the Rockies' home park and credits his changeup as a big reason for his success at Coors Field.

Bergman will get start against Miami -
More than two months after breaking his hand in a start against Milwaukee on June 20, Thomas Harding reports that righty Christian Bergman will return to the Rockies rotation against the Marlins on Sunday. In the two starts he completed this year, Bergman allowed five runs on 14 hits in 12 innings.

Rafael Betancourt could pitch for Colorado Rockies in 2014 - RoxPile
Speaking of pitchers returning to the Rockies, Hayden Kane at RoxPile discusses the possibility of the Rockies' former closer, who has been rehabbing at Grand Junction, returning to the team's bullpen when rosters expand in September.

Around MLB

Garrett Richards injury 'significant' -
Angels starter Garrett Richards, who has posted a 2.61 ERA in 26 starts this season, was stretchered off the field last night against the Red Sox with an injury to his left patellar tendon, which could seriously shake up the AL playoff race.

Giants win protest, rain-shortened game to resume - The Denver Post
After the Cubs' grounds crew had an issue with the tarp, causing the infield to be soaked and forcing the cancellation of their game with the Giants on Tuesday, resulting in a 2-0 Cubs win, the visitors protested the game and, for the first time since 1986, it was upheld and the game will resume today.