Rox roll to first home sweep of Giants since '02

Rox roll to first home sweep of Giants since '02

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies rewrote club history Sunday while adding another chapter to a season brimming with potential by defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.

Gerardo Parra homered and drove in three runs to lead a balanced Rockies offense that complemented rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland's seven-inning effort. The combined shutout completed Colorado's first three-game home sweep of the Giants since May 24-26, 2002, and kept the Rockies (13-6) atop the National League West standings.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeland shuts down Giants in best start yet

Freeland shuts down Giants in best start yet

DENVER -- In the Rockies' home opener two weeks ago, Kyle Freeland made his Major League debut in his hometown and threw six innings of one-run ball at Coors Field for the win. It didn't seem like it could get any better.

Until Sunday. In his fourth start, Freeland put up seven goose eggs at Coors Field, shutting out the Giants and securing a series sweep with an 8-0 victory, scattering six hits and just one walk while striking out three. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, nine of them on groundouts.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Could Desmond return in the outfield?

Could Desmond return in the outfield?

DENVER -- He hasn't played in a game since a Cactus League appearance nearly six weeks ago, but Ian Desmond continues to make headlines as the Rockies await his debut in purple pinstripes and his first regular-season appearance at first base.

Desmond has earned two All-Star selections, one as a shortstop, where he started for six full seasons with the Nationals, and a second last year after converting to the outfield with the Rangers. The Rockies signed him to start at first base, but after Desmond fractured his left hand in a March 12 Spring Training game, backup first baseman Mark Reynolds has excelled, leading the team with a .339 (21-for-62) average, five homers and 16 RBIs.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rox, Nats open battle of division leaders

Rox, Nats open battle of division leaders

With Tyler Anderson taking the mound for Colorado, the Nationals and Rockies open a four-game series between division leaders on Monday at Coors Field.

The National League West-leading Rockies boast a 3.79 ERA, and the NL East-leading Nationals have won seven in a row and have a 3.77 ERA. Colorado's bullpen is 5-0 with an NL-best 2.76 ERA.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Senzatela cruises as Rockies romp past Giants

Senzatela cruises as Rockies romp past Giants

DENVER -- For Rockies rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela, facing the Giants spurs growth. On Saturday night -- for the second time in a week -- Senzatela threw seven stellar innings while shutting down the Giants, this time in a 12-3 victory at Coors Field.

After being fastball-dominant early in Sunday's 4-3 victory at AT&T Park, Senzatela said he worked on the "chop," or the downward break, of his slider. This time he mixed his best slider of the season early, plus he threw a small number of effective changeups.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blackmon enlists Black for batting practice

Blackmon enlists Black for batting practice

DENVER -- Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon said Giants lefty pitcher Matt Moore "mixes it up pretty well and throws a lot of strikes." To prepare for Saturday's clash with Moore, Blackmon took swings in the batting cage from a lefty who could mix pitches with control.

That pitcher is Rockies manager Bud Black.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marquez making case for start vs. Nationals

Marquez making case for start vs. Nationals

DENVER -- Right-hander German Marquez's nine-strikeout performance for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday received strong reviews and should put him in line to start Tuesday night against the Nationals -- when the Rockies again need a fifth starting pitcher.

Throwing under a 75-pitch limit in the Isotopes' 8-3 victory over Reno, Marquez gave up a double to open the second inning before fanning six straight and, eventually, seven of eight. He yielded two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. The mix of secondary pitches with his power fastball drew positive reactions from Rockies manager Bud Black, who was careful not to make an announcement about Tuesday even though indications point that way.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies manager Bud Black helped sell tickets

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Rockies manager Bud Black helped sell tickets

Bud Black is new to the city of Denver. In his first year of managing the Rockies, he is still getting to know the place -- the players, his staff, the shower with the best water pressure in the clubhouse. But, he's not letting all those adjustments distract him from getting to know the fans.

Prior to Saturday evening's game against the Giants, Black took over one of the Coors Field ticket windows for a surprise face-to-face with Rockies fans.

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Rockies' 2-homer frame enough to top Giants

Rockies' 2-homer frame enough to top Giants

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies packed their offense into Friday night's fourth inning, as Trevor Story's grand slam preceded Charlie Blackmon's two-run, inside-the-park homer in a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Giants starter Johnny Cueto entered the game with a 7-0 record and a 1.47 ERA in his last eight starts against the Rockies. That didn't matter to Colorado, which defeated San Francisco for the fourth time in five games, as Cueto yielded all six Rockies runs along with eight hits in five innings.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Owen Perkins 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 tally slam, inside-the-parker in 1 inning

Rockies tally slam, inside-the-parker in 1 inning

DENVER -- Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon combined for an inning for the ages in the fourth frame Friday night, running the home run gamut from a grand slam by Story to Blackmon's inside-the-park hustling homer, fueling a six-run outburst to pace the Rockies to a 6-5 win over the Giants.

The Rockies, who are 11-6 atop the National League West, were the first NL team to accomplish the grand slam/inside-the-park tandem in the same inning since the New York Giants accomplished the feat against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, when Don Mueller hit the slam at the Polo Grounds and Hank Thompson legged out the inside-the-park homer. According to Stats, the only other team to do it since was the 2011 Red Sox, with Conor Jackson slamming the Orioles and Jacoby Ellsbury notching the inside-the-park four-bagger in Fenway Park.

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

Bullpen helping Rockies weather injury flurry

Bullpen helping Rockies weather injury flurry

DENVER -- While the Giants were reeling after the loss of ace Madison Bumgarner to bruised ribs and a shoulder AC sprain following an off-day dirt bike accident in Denver, the Rockies reveled in their strong start despite the number of their own key players on the disabled list.

The Rockies started the season with starting pitcher Chad Bettis (testicular cancer), first baseman Ian Desmond (left hand fracture), outfielder David Dahl (rib stress reaction), bullpen stalwart Chad Qualls (right forearm tightness), potential starting pitcher Chris Rusin (right oblique strain), backup catcher Tom Murphy (right forearm fracture) and reliever Jairo Diaz (Tommy John surgery) all on the DL. A week ago, Opening Day starter Jon Gray (left foot stress fracture) joined the ranks of the wounded.

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

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Bridich dishes on hopes for Rockies

Senior VP, GM discusses career path, direction of club

Q&A: Bridich dishes on hopes for Rockies

Like many college players, Jeff Bridich dreamed of a career as a professional baseball player. That dream was never fulfilled, but Bridich found an outlet for his love of the game, first working for Major League Baseball before joining the Colorado Rockies.

Bridich was named the Rockies' senior vice president and general manager in October 2014, a decade after joining the organization.

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Mark Feinsand is an executive reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson sees progress in uneven outing

'It was a step in the right direction,' Rockies lefty says after 4-2 loss

Anderson sees progress in uneven outing

LOS ANGELES -- It was a good night, it was a bad night and it was even a slightly controversial night for Rockies starter Tyler Anderson.

Overall, however, the left-hander and Rockies manager Bud Black decided progress had been made in his young starting pitcher's fourth start of the season.

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Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies come up short vs. Kershaw, Dodgers

Rockies come up short vs. Kershaw, Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- A lineup filled with reserves provided enough support for Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to beat the Rockies and left-handed starter Tyler Anderson, 4-2, Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 and is 10-0 in his last 11 starts at home after allowing two runs over seven innings, with Kenley Jansen picking up his second four-out save in five days.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez bruises finger on HBP

Gonzalez bruises finger on HBP

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was relieved Wednesday night when forced to leave a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers after being hit on the right hand by a Clayton Kershaw pitch.

X-rays were negative and he was left with only a bruised pinkie.

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Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Desmond takes first swings since hand surgery

Desmond takes first swings since hand surgery

LOS ANGELES -- The debut of the Rockies' biggest offseason acquisition remains on hold, and possibly, the position where he'll play.

The Rockies signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract over the winter and said the career shortstop and recent outfielder would be their starting first baseman.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Instead of making excuses, Rockies winning

Instead of making excuses, Rockies winning

If the Rockies were having a sluggish April, they'd have plenty of ways to rationalize it.

Ian Desmond, their $70 million free-agent signee, and promising outfielder David Dahl have yet to play in the regular season because of injuries.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He also has covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Almonte notches 10 K's in scoreless outing

Almonte notches 10 K's in scoreless outing

Make it three straight scoreless starts for Class A Advanced Buies Creek's Franklin Perez.

The Astros' No. 6 prospect extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 on Thursday, tossing five dominant frames against a loaded Carolina offense. He gave up two hits, struck out seven and induced six ground-ball outs as Buies Creek routed the Mudcats, 14-1.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado credits dad, coach for big game

Arenado credits dad, coach for big game

LOS ANGELES -- This is lofty territory, the terrain generally reserved for the likes of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper: best position player in baseball.

There are a handful of others, however, who deserve mention in the conversation and one was on display Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado, Story slug Rox past Ryu, Dodgers

Arenado, Story slug Rox past Ryu, Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story went deep once and the Colorado bullpen pitched five innings Tuesday night to hold off the Dodgers, 4-3, at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) pitched six innings for the first time this year with seven strikeouts, but he has allowed six home runs in 15 1/3 innings with two losses to the Rockies. Kyle Freeland started for Colorado, but he was removed with two on and no outs in the fifth inning and did not qualify for the victory. He walked four, hit two batters and made 87 pitches in four-plus innings.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rockies call up Valaika, reinstate Parra

Carle, Tapia optioned to Triple-A in corresponding moves

Rockies call up Valaika, reinstate Parra

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies made a couple of roster moves prior to Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers, one very expected and one less so.

Outfielder Gerardo Parra was reinstated from paternity leave as anticipated, but also added to the roster was infielder Pat Valaika.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Rockies off to strong start despite adversity

Rockies off to strong start despite adversity

DENVER -- Considered a sleeper in the National League West when Spring Training opened, the Rockies began the season with four key members of their projected Opening Day roster on the disabled list, and they have seen the top of their lineup, other than Nolan Arenado, shut down in the first two weeks of the season.

And they still woke up Monday morning in first place in the NL West.

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

Same Story, more emphasis on defense

Offensive slump means Rockies' shortstop needs balance

Same Story, more emphasis on defense

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's no way around Rockies second-year shortstop Trevor Story's .114 batting average, which includes a 37.7 percent strikeout rate (20 in 53 plate appearances) and the 1-for-25 slump he will carry into Tuesday's opener of a two-game set at Dodger Stadium. But his response -- make that his requirement -- is simple:

Story can't let his glove go south, also.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McMahon sets career-high for hits

McMahon sets career-high for hits

After an impressive spring in big league camp, Andrew Stevenson hasn't skipped a beat to begin the season. On Monday, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect collected a career-high five hits to help lead Double-A Harrisburg past Harford, 16-14, in 13 innings.

Stevenson flew out in his first at-bat, but collected singles in his next two trips to the plate. He would then notch RBI singles in the eighth and ninth innings before doubling in the 12th to finish 5-for-7 and improve his average to .381.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wolters shows off amazing defense

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Wolters shows off amazing defense

Catchers, with their stocky frames and cumbersome equipment, are more like burly sentries guarding the plate than the lithe, gymnastic stars of the middle infield. During the Rockies' 4-3 victory against the Giants on Sunday, Tony Wolters showed off that catchers have moves, too. 

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Senzatela stellar mixing pitches vs. Giants

Black impressed with rookie right-hander's work in middle innings

Senzatela stellar mixing pitches vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when you thought you knew Rockies rookie right-handed pitcher Antonio Senzatela

The Giants saw the fastballs they expected and bested him for three runs in the bottom of the first, after the Rockies had scored three on Jeff Samardzija. But from there, Senzatela mixed pitches expertly and held the Giants to nothing else during his seven innings of an eventual 4-3 Rockies victory at AT&T Park.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arenado, Senzatela give Rox edge in win

Arenado, Senzatela give Rox edge in win

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Rockies relied on an early burst of offense and effective late-inning pitching and defense Sunday to outlast the Giants, 4-3, in soggy conditions at AT&T Park.

By taking three of four, the Rockies won a four-game series at San Francisco for the first time in team history.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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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Anderson fine-tuning plane of pitches

Thriving at Triple-A, Marquez could make Majors start soon

Anderson fine-tuning plane of pitches

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson worked on some mechanical flaws on a rainy Sunday morning, hoping that he can shine Wednesday when he starts against the Dodgers.

Anderson is 1-2 with an 8.59 ERA through three starts, a rough opening after he went 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 19 outings as a rookie in 2016. Manager Bud Black watched Sunday's session closely, along with pitching coach Steve Foster and bullpen coach Darren Holmes, and there was plenty of coaching.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chatwood, Rox shut down Giants

Chatwood, Rox shut down Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Though it's often said that complete games are extinct, Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood breathed new life into a dying art Saturday.

Chatwood maintained a perfect game for 5 2/3 innings and finished with a complete-game two-hitter Saturday in Colorado's 5-0 triumph over the Giants.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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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A triple shy, Arenado stays bold at AT&T Park

Third baseman feeds off energy at 'one of my favorite ballparks'

A triple shy, Arenado stays bold at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO -- AT&T Park has been good to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. But even he didn't expect it to give him the triple he needed for the cycle on Saturday afternoon. Besides, such a hitting feat would have stolen some of the thunder from Tyler Chatwood's first career shutout in a 5-0 win over the Giants.

"Honestly, every time I feel like I'm close to the cycle, I have a triple left," Arenado said. "And I'm like, 'I'm not gonna get it, so I'm not gonna even worry about it.'"

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.