A close game through the first seven innings in which the Rockies couldn’t capitalize with runners in scoring position, no surprise, ends in a favor of the Texas Rangers. The Rangers scored three insurance runs to top the Rockies 6-4. Kyle Gibson earned his first win and Germán Márquez is handed the loss and is now 2-3 this season. Márquez’s final line on the night was: 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 BB.
Rox strike first
When the Rockies score first, it is usually a good sign – but tonight, unfortunately, it meant nothing. Tony Wolters came through big with two outs and two on base; he hit a double down the left field line to bring in Matt Kemp and Ryan McMahon. Rockies on the board 2-0 in the second inning.
The Rangers came back with a threat of their own in their half of the following inning. The team strung together three hits, but only scored one run from it. Fortunately, a ground ball to Nolan Arenado got the Rockies out of the threat with a well-executed rundown to get a double play and out of the inning.
Texas ties it
The top of the fifth was a productive inning for the Rangers. Three singles in a row would not only tie up the game 2-2, but Texas also managed to take the lead on a throwing error to first by Arenado (his second this season). Arenado caught a ball lined to him for the second out, but a bad throw to Murphy, and honestly a bad pick by Murph, led to Jose Trevino coming home and pulling the Rangers ahead 3-2.
Defense does it again
One thing the Rockies did well tonight was getting inning-ending double plays. On three separate occasions, the Rockies got out of innings with runners on base and no outs to holding the Rangers back from scoring multiple runs.
Just Nolan being Nolan. NBD pic.twitter.com/batt82zMFw— AT&T SportsNet™ | RM (@ATTSportsNetRM) August 16, 2020
The Rangers cemented their win in the top of the eighth once Derek Dietrich hit a three-run home run out to left field off Carlos Estévez, 6-3 Rangers.
Even with two separate chances in the eighth and ninth innings, the Rockies still couldn’t produce enough from it to get the win. The team went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
In the eighth, Blackmon tripled and came home on a sac fly by Arenado. And in the ninth, Ryan McMahon took advantage of Raimel Tapia getting on first due to catcher’s interference by driving Tapia in on a double out to left. The Rockies came within two runs, but the rally fell short.
The Rockies will try to avoid the sweep Sunday at 1:10 p.m. MT. Jon Gray (0-2, 6.41 ERA) is scheduled opposite Kolby Allard (0-0, 1.00 ERA).