Historic night for Rockies All-Stars in Miami

Arenado, Holland earn a piece of franchise history

Historic night for Rockies All-Stars in Miami

MIAMI -- Two of the Rockies' franchise-record four All-Stars made a bit of Midsummer Classic history for Colorado in the National League's 2-1, 10-inning loss to the American League on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Nolan Arenado, the NL's starting third baseman, went 2-for-2 in the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. In his third trip to the game. Arenado became the first Rockies All-Star to ever record two hits in the game and tied Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki and Dante Bichette for the club's career All-Star hits record.

"It feels great," Arenado said. "Obviously you wish you could hit homers in the All-Star Game and this and that, but when you start seeing some nasty offspeed and stuff, you think, 'All right, I need to shorten up.' … I was just happy to get a couple hits."

Arenado lined a changeup from Chris Sale into right field for a single in the second inning and slapped a ground-ball single to left off lefty Jason Vargas to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

Arenado would advance no further, however. He was immediately erased in the second when the Astros' up-the-middle tandem, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, turned a double play on Ryan Zimmerman's grounder.

In the fourth, he aggressively tried to tag up on Zimmerman's flyout to center field, but Mookie Betts wouldn't allow it. The American League center fielder made a 221-foot, 93.1-mph throw to AL second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who tagged out Arenado.

"I forgot how slow I was," Arenado said, laughing. "I'm not very fast. He threw it from the warning track. He just made a great throw. He's an unbelievable player. I just tried to take a chance, tried to get something going … and it didn't work out."

Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, who started in center field and finished 0-for-3 at the plate, were substituted out of the game after five innings.

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Closer Greg Holland, who leads the Majors with 28 saves, struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning. He became the fifth Rockies pitcher to appear in the All-Star Game in the club's 25-year history and the first since Ubaldo Jimenez started in 2010. Holland's two strikeouts were also the most ever by a Rockies All-Star.

Making his first All-Star Game appearance since 2014, before he missed a season following Tommy John surgery, Holland's first batter -- somewhat fittingly -- was former Royals teammate Mike Moustakas. Holland recorded his first out on one pitch, a flyout to right field.

"I thought he got me. I was like, 'No way,'" Holland said. "It's a different sound in the dome than in a regular park, so when he hit it, I was like, 'Gosh, please don't be a homer.' We kind of laughed at each other."

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After striking out Justin Upton with a 95.6 mph fastball and giving up a ground-ball single to Michael Brantley on the eighth pitch of his at-bat, Holland fanned Francisco Lindor on three straight sliders.

"It was a lot of fun, man," Holland said. "Blessed I could get back here and get to pitch -- and to throw the ball well was cool, too."

The Rockies' fourth All-Star was second baseman DJ LeMahieu, elected as a reserve, but he did not play as he rested a minor groin injury.

"Unbelievable. Great experience," Arenado said. "I'm very thankful to be here with the three guys that are here. Great ballplayers. Greg deserves it. DJ deserves it. Charlie deserves it. I'm thankful I'm here, too, for the fans. We appreciate coming to these things, and it's just big for Colorado."

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. He covered the Rockies on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.