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McBride, De La Rosa lift Rockies past Royals, 5-2

By PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer
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DENVER (AP) Matt McBride is so new to the Colorado Rockies that he doesn't even have his nameplate above his locker yet.

Didn't take him long to make a big impact, though.

McBride hit his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings, helping the Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.

''Just trying to have a good at-bat and hit the ball hard and try to make something happen,'' McBride said.

With one swing, McBride derailed the Royals' roll, snapping their three-game winning streak. Kansas City saw its lead in the AL Central shrink to one over Detroit.

Danny Duffy (8-11) was cruising along with a 2-1 lead until a two-out error by third baseman Christian Colon in the sixth opened the door for a big inning. McBride lined a fastball from Duffy into the left-field bleachers and then zipped around the bases in exhilaration.

''Just had an adrenaline rush,'' he said.

It was McBride's first homer since Sept. 25, 2012, and third of his career. He was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs the day before after what's been a tumultuous past two seasons. He missed a big chunk of 2013 after undergoing neck surgery and was out earlier this year with a broken foot.

''Another guy with a great story, who's been through a lot,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

That was more than enough for De La Rosa (13-8), who allowed five hits and two run against his former team. He also got the Royals to hit into four double plays, tying a franchise record for most by a single pitcher in a game.

Even more, he improved to 9-2 at Coors Field - a place that's haunted many a pitcher, but not the hard-throwing lefty.

''I like to pitch here,'' De La Rosa said. ''It's a challenge for me every time I pitch here.''

Duffy was in command most of the night as he allowed five hits and five runs, one earned, in seven innings. After getting two quick outs in the sixth, Colon fielded a grounder and threw a one-hopper that first baseman Billy Butler couldn't scoop. Wilin Rosario singled and Corey Dickerson drew a walk to set the stage for McBride.

''I wish I could take it back and make the play,'' Colon said.

Another hard-luck loss for Duffy, who's the only AL starter with a losing record and an ERA under three runs.

''I can't lose focus like I did on that one pitch,'' said Duffy, whose team finished 15-5 in interleague play. ''I feel terrible for the mistake I made.''

CHALLENGING CHANGEUP

This was just the second time De La Rosa faced his old team. He spent two seasons with the Royals before being dealt to Colorado in 2008 for cash considerations.

He was cashing in on his changeup to get out of one jam after another.

''His changeup, that's his moneymaker,'' Weiss said. ''It's a great pitch.''

Royals manager Ned Yost seconded that opinion.

''His changeup is a killer,'' said Yost, whose team has won 22 of their last 28 games. ''It's a hard pitch to pick up.''

De La Rosa's only mistake was in the second when he grooved a 91-mph fastball that Alex Gordon hit into the right-field bleachers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Salvador Perez was a late scratch because of tightness in his right knee. He will have a precautionary MRI on Thursday.

Rockies: OF Michael Cuddyer was out another day with a strained left hamstring. He said he's confident he will be back in the lineup Friday.

UP NEXT

Royals: After a day off, Kansas City begins a three-game series in Texas. Yordano Ventura (9-9) will start Friday. His nine wins are third-most among rookies this season.

Rockies: The Rockies have their second off day this week on Thursday. They begin a three-game series with Miami on Friday. LHP Franklin Morales (5-6) will get the start after missing his last turn in the rotation for the birth of his daughter.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

M. McBride
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Christian Colon, 3B3010101.379.419.586
Omar Infante, 2B4000012.255.294.358
Billy Butler, 1B3000101.280.330.385
Josh Willingham, RF4110001.225.350.423
Alex Gordon, LF2111101.284.360.450
Erik Kratz, C2001001.229.250.417
Lorenzo Cain, CF3000010.293.331.402
Alcides Escobar, SS3020000.280.317.371
Danny Duffy, P2000011.000.000.000
   a-Norichika Aoki, PH1000001.266.336.338
   Jason Frasor, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2725233    
a-flied out for Duffy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Josh Willingham (9, De La Rosa)
HR - Alex Gordon (14, De La Rosa)
SF - Erik Kratz (1)
RBI - Alex Gordon (56), Erik Kratz (13)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Christian Colon (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy (L,8-11) 7551161 2.53
Jason Frasor 1100000 3.08
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 102-71, Jason Frasor 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 8-8, Jason Frasor 1-2
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 28, Jason Frasor 4
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Josh Rutledge, SS4010000.262.312.396
Drew Stubbs, CF4010011.300.341.505
Nolan Arenado, 3B4210002.298.339.503
Wilin Rosario, C3111002.251.292.404
Corey Dickerson, LF3100111.318.373.573
Matt McBride, 1B3124010.500.5001.250
   LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000.000.000.000
Brandon Barnes, RF3000011.252.294.410
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3000011.255.310.327
Jorge De La Rosa, P3000010.149.167.149
   Justin Morneau, 1B0000000.317.360.496
Totals3056516    
Batting
3B - Nolan Arenado (2, Duffy)
HR - Matt McBride (1, Duffy)
SF - Wilin Rosario (5)
RBI - Wilin Rosario (43), Matt McBride 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Matt McBride 4 (4)
SB - Josh Rutledge (2, 2nd base off Duffy/Kratz)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Arenado-LeMahieu-McBride, Arenado-LeMahieu-McBride-De La Rosa-LeMahieu-McBride, Arenado-LeMahieu-McBride-De La Rosa-LeMahieu-McBride-Rutledge-LeMahieu-McBride, Arenado-LeMahieu-McBride-De La Rosa-LeMahieu-McBride-Rutledge-LeMahieu-McBride-Rutledge-LeMahieu-McBride
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa (W,13-8) 8522331 4.21
LaTroy Hawkins (S,19) 1000000 2.72
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 103-64, LaTroy Hawkins 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 11-6, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 28, LaTroy Hawkins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28834
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Carlson