Arenado, Reynolds homer, Rockies beat Brewers 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Nolan Arenado needed a few games to get warmed up after tying for the National League home run title last season with 41.

Arenado led off the ninth inning with his first homer of the season to give the Colorado Rockies the lead in a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

''I'm just grinding to get comfortable,'' Arenado said. ''I was just trying to shorten up and put the ball in play with two strikes and (Neftali Feliz) threw one middle-in and I put a good swing on it. I didn't crush it, but I hit it good enough.

Rockies manager Bud Black said power hitters can get tense early in the season looking for their home run swing.

''For Nolan getting the first homer, it is a good sign,'' Black said.

Mark Reynolds also homered and Antonio Senzatela pitched five strong innings in his major league debut. Former Brewer Reynolds led off the third against starter Chase Anderson with his second home run of the season.

The Rockies won three of four games in the season-opening series.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied it in the seventh with a solo homer off reliever Adam Ottavino.

Senzatela pitched five shutout innings, gave up two hits, had six strikeouts and three walks. He spent last season with Double-A Hartford and was winless in five spring training starts this year.

Senzatela gave up two hits and a walk in the first, but escape by inducing an inning-ending double play.

''I thought that let him exhale a little bit,'' Black said.

Mike Dunn (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Greg Holland finished for his third save in three chances.

Anderson pitched effectively in his first start of the season. He allowed one run and three hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked two.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Dustin Garneau started catcher after Tony Wolters worked the first three games.

Brewers: OF Keon Broxton sustained what Counsell referred to as a small nasal fracture after being struck in the helmet with 92 mph fastball from Senzatela in the second inning. The ball struck a protective flap on Broxton's helmet and pushed the flap into his nose. Counsell said Broxton is day-to-day and unlikely to go on the disable list. ''That flap, man, that thing just saved my life,'' Broxton said. ''The crazy thing about it is I was thinking about taking it off a couple days ago, too, and then this happens. I'm never taking that thing off. It just felt like I got punched by Mike Tyson. But other than that I feel good.''... OF Ryan Braun didn't start as part of a plan to give him routine rest during the season. Braun pinch-hit with two outs in the ninth and flew out to right.

SENT OUT

The Brewers announced after the game that RHP Taylor Jungmann had been optioned to Double-A Biloxi.

CHANGE OF GLOVES

Eric Thames, signed by the Brewers in the offseason to be their regular first baseman, started in left field. Jesus Aguilar, who had three hits in four at-bats entering the game, got the start at first. ''The fact (Thames) played outfield a little bit for us (in spring training) is a very valuable thing, especially on a day like today when Braun is not in the lineup,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. ''It strengthens our lineup.''

EMOTIONAL ENCOUNTER

When Black informed Senzatela that he'd be making his first major league start, emotions flowed. ''He's a guy who, at that moment, wore his emotions on his sleeve,'' Black said. ''He started tearing up. It was wonderful. We gave each other a big guy hug.''

UP NEXT

Rockies: Kyle Freeland will make his major league debut Friday in Colorado's home opener against Los Angeles. The Denver native, who started 2016 at Double-A Hartford before being promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque last June, went 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in spring training.

Brewers: Jimmy Nelson makes his first start of the season on Friday as Milwaukee opens a three-game series at home against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Nelson was 8-16 with a 4.62 ERA in a career-high 32 starts last season.

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  • W: M. Dunn (1-0)L: N. Feliz (0-1)S: G. Holland (3)
  • HR: COL - M. Reynolds (2), N. Arenado (1), MIL - K. Nieuwenhuis (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. LeMahieu 2B40000012.067.176.067.243-0.5
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N. Arenado 3B31111100.357.471.6431.1137.0
T. Story SS40000022.214.353.357.710-1.0
G. Parra LF40000032.400.438.467.904-1.5
M. Reynolds 1B41111002.467.5291.0671.5966.0
D. Garneau C20200100.667.8001.0001.8004.0
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a- A. Amarista PH10000001.500.5001.0001.5000.0
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M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-grounded out for Estevez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar 2B40000021.188.235.438.673-1.0
E. Thames LF30100110.333.429.6671.0951.5
J. Aguilar 1B30200101.714.750.8571.6074.0
T. Shaw 3B20000212.357.438.8571.2951.5
D. Santana RF40000015.111.333.222.556-0.5
H. Perez SS30000102.100.182.200.3821.0
K. Broxton CF00000000.000.333.000.3331.0
K. Nieuwenhuis CF31111021.125.125.500.6255.0
J. Bandy C40000012.273.273.273.545-0.5
C. Anderson P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
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C. Knebel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Braun PH10000000.250.357.500.8570.0
  • a-singled for Barnes in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Feliz in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Gonzalez (2), D. Garneau
  • HR - N. Arenado, M. Reynolds (2)
  • SH - A. Senzatela 2 (2)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (2), M. Reynolds (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar
  • HR - K. Nieuwenhuis
  • RBI - K. Nieuwenhuis
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
FIELDING
  • PB - J. Bandy
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela5.02003600.001.0013.0
C. Estevez (H, 2)1.00001100.001.002.5
A. Ottavino (BS, 1)0.22110013.383.00-3.0
M. Dunn (W, 1-0)1.11001100.001.508.5
G. Holland (S, 3)1.00000200.000.0011.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela5.0
C. Estevez (H, 2)1.0
A. Ottavino (BS, 1)0.2
M. Dunn (W, 1-0)1.1
G. Holland (S, 3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson6.03112411.500.8317.0
J. Barnes1.01000100.001.002.5
C. Knebel1.00000100.000.003.5
N. Feliz (L, 0-1)1.01110116.751.00-3.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson6.0
J. Barnes1.0
C. Knebel1.0
N. Feliz (L, 0-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Senzatela
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 93-56, C. Estevez 14-6, A. Ottavino 21-16, M. Dunn 25-15, G. Holland 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 3-5, C. Estevez 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-1, M. Dunn 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 20, C. Estevez 3, A. Ottavino 4, M. Dunn 6, G. Holland 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 88-53, J. Barnes 19-12, C. Knebel 9-7, N. Feliz 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 7-7, J. Barnes 2-0, C. Knebel 1-1, N. Feliz 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 23, J. Barnes 4, C. Knebel 3, N. Feliz 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF40000012.125.222.125.347-0.5
D. LeMahieu 2B40000012.067.176.067.243-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF40100000.125.176.250.4262.0
N. Arenado 3B31111100.357.471.6431.1137.0
T. Story SS40000022.214.353.357.710-1.0
G. Parra LF40000032.400.438.467.904-1.5
M. Reynolds 1B41111002.467.5291.0671.5966.0
D. Garneau C20200100.667.8001.0001.8004.0
A. Senzatela P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-grounded out for Estevez in the 7th
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J. Villar 2B40000021.188.235.438.673-1.0
E. Thames LF30100110.333.429.6671.0951.5
J. Aguilar 1B30200101.714.750.8571.6074.0
T. Shaw 3B20000212.357.438.8571.2951.5
D. Santana RF40000015.111.333.222.556-0.5
H. Perez SS30000102.100.182.200.3821.0
K. Broxton CF00000000.000.333.000.3331.0
K. Nieuwenhuis CF31111021.125.125.500.6255.0
J. Bandy C40000012.273.273.273.545-0.5
C. Anderson P20000021.000.000.000.000-1.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Pina PH10100000.333.333.333.6671.0
C. Knebel P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- R. Braun PH10000000.250.357.500.8570.0
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  • a-singled for Barnes in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Feliz in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Gonzalez (2), D. Garneau
  • HR - N. Arenado, M. Reynolds (2)
  • SH - A. Senzatela 2 (2)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (2), M. Reynolds (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Aguilar
  • HR - K. Nieuwenhuis
  • RBI - K. Nieuwenhuis
FIELDING
  • DP - T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
FIELDING
  • PB - J. Bandy
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela5.02003600.001.0013.0
C. Estevez (H, 2)1.00001100.001.002.5
A. Ottavino (BS, 1)0.22110013.383.00-3.0
M. Dunn (W, 1-0)1.11001100.001.508.5
G. Holland (S, 3)1.00000200.000.0011.0
Total9.05115101---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela5.0
C. Estevez (H, 2)1.0
A. Ottavino (BS, 1)0.2
M. Dunn (W, 1-0)1.1
G. Holland (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Anderson6.03112411.500.8317.0
J. Barnes1.01000100.001.002.5
C. Knebel1.00000100.000.003.5
N. Feliz (L, 0-1)1.01110116.751.00-3.5
Total9.0522272---
PITCHERSIP
C. Anderson6.0
J. Barnes1.0
C. Knebel1.0
N. Feliz (L, 0-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - A. Senzatela
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 93-56, C. Estevez 14-6, A. Ottavino 21-16, M. Dunn 25-15, G. Holland 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 3-5, C. Estevez 1-0, A. Ottavino 1-1, M. Dunn 1-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 20, C. Estevez 3, A. Ottavino 4, M. Dunn 6, G. Holland 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Anderson 88-53, J. Barnes 19-12, C. Knebel 9-7, N. Feliz 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Anderson 7-7, J. Barnes 2-0, C. Knebel 1-1, N. Feliz 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Anderson 23, J. Barnes 4, C. Knebel 3, N. Feliz 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Arenado homered to left center21
  • 7TH INNING
    Nieuwenhuis homered to center11
  • 3RD INNING
    Reynolds homered to right center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Neftali Feliz relieved Corey Knebel
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Arenado homered to left center
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Greg Holland relieved Mike Dunn
    • K. Nieuwenhuis: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Nieuwenhuis struck out looking
    • J. Bandy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bandy struck out looking
    • Ryan Braun hit for Neftali Feliz
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Braun flied out to deep right
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Corey Knebel pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon popped out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Dunn Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Thames grounded out to second
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar singled to center
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked, Aguilar to second
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana lined out to second
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jacob Barnes relieved Chase Anderson
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Garneau: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Garneau doubled to deep left
    • Alexi Amarista hit for Carlos Estevez
    • A. Amarista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garneau to third on passed ball, Amarista grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to pitcher
    • K. Nieuwenhuis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nieuwenhuis homered to center
    • J. Bandy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bandy lined out to first
    • Manny Pina hit for Jacob Barnes
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina singled to center
    • Mike Dunn relieved Adam Ottavino
    • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
    • N. Arenado: Arenado popped out to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Story lined out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Carlos Estevez relieved Antonio Senzatela
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw grounded into double play first to shortstop to first, Aguilar out at second
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garneau singled to left
    • A. Senzatela: Ball, Senzatela sacrificed to catcher, Garneau to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to left, Garneau to third
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • C. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado walked
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra lined out to center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds grounded into fielder's choice to second, Arenado out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana flied out to deep right
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
    • K. Nieuwenhuis: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nieuwenhuis struck out swinging
    • J. Bandy: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bandy flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds homered to right center
    • D. Garneau: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Garneau walked
    • A. Senzatela: Senzatela sacrificed to third, Garneau to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first, Garneau to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
    • E. Thames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Thames walked
    • J. Aguilar: Foul, Ball, Aguilar flied out to right
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Arenado flied out to deep center
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Parra struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez lined out to right
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Broxton hit by pitch
    • Kirk Nieuwenhuis ran for Keon Broxton
    • J. Bandy: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bandy lined out to right
    • C. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Villar grounded out to first
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Thames singled to left
    • J. Aguilar: Foul, Aguilar doubled to deep left, Thames to third
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked
    • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded into double play second to shortstop to second to first, Aguilar to third, Shaw out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)