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Baltimore Orioles 9, Colorado Rockies 6: Rockies pitching lit up by Baltimore

A half dozen runs were not enough for the Rockies Saturday night.

The Colorado Rockies pitching staff surrendered 17 hits to the Baltimore Orioles in a 9-6 loss on Saturday night. The 17 hits were a season high for Baltimore, who also drew tree walks and snapped a seven-game losing streak. The lone bright spot for the Rockies pitching staff tonight was Chad Bettis, who allowed just one hit and struck out four in a pair of scoreless innings. The Rockies offense, specifically Nolan Arenado, did manage to stay hot, with six runs on 10 hits, half of which were for extra bases.

Freeland’s disastrous season continues

The tone for the pitching was set by starter Kyle Freeland, who continued his 2019 struggles allowing seven runs, all earned, on 10 hits in four innings of work with a walk and two strikeouts. It was already the third start this season in which Freeland has allowed at least seven runs and it saw his ERA balloon to an alarming 6.71.

Nolan stays hot

Nolan Arenado drove in the Rockies first five runs of the game, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and the five RBIs. The homer was Arenado’s third in two games against Baltimore and his 14th of the season. The big night pushed Arenado’s 2019 OPS north of 1.000, to 1.009 to be exact.

Looking ahead

The Rockies will look for a series win tomorrow with German Márquez on the mound facing Baltimore’s David Hess. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.