Freeland loses no-hit bid in 9th, Rockies top White Sox 10-0

DENVER (AP) Kyle Freeland just absorbed the thundering cheers as he tipped his cap and headed off the mound.

''A ton of fun,'' he said.

Easy to see why: The hometown kid turned in one of the best pitching performances ever at Coors Field.

The rookie left-hander came within two outs of the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at the hitter-friendly park before surrendering a crisp single to Melky Cabrera as Colorado beat the Chicago White Sox 10-0 on Sunday.

Freeland, who was born and raised in Denver, struck out the first batter of the ninth inning and then allowed Cabrera's hit to left field on a 2-2 count.

He would make the same pitch again.

''He just muscled it out,'' said Freeland, who struck out a career-high nine, walked three and hit a batter.

Cabrera even applauded for Freeland after the hit.

''He was changing speeds and just did a nice job on the mound,'' Cabrera said.

The 24-year-old Freeland (9-7) threw 126 pitches. Reliever Jordan Lyles got the last two outs to complete the one-hitter.

Mired in a three-game slump, Freeland decided to mix up his game plan by mixing around his fastball. It worked.

To also change things up, his father stood the entire game. It worked as well.

''I'm at a loss for words, for the way he held his composure for the whole game,'' Don Freeland said.

Dad wasn't the least bit nervous as the no-hit bid went along.

''I talked to myself, `Keep it down. Keep it down. Don't give in. Make him earn it,''' he said.

Kyle Freeland was trying to throw the second no-hitter in Coors Field history. Hideo Nomo accomplished the feat in 1996 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only no-hitter in Rockies history was thrown by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010 at Atlanta.

Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins pitched the lone no-hitter in the majors this season, doing it last month against Arizona.

Freeland even had an RBI single in the seventh for the Rockies' last run.

Freeland watched the end from the dugout. When it was over, his teammates on the bench let him walk alone toward the foul line to greet the winning Rockies coming off the field - and to soak in another cheer from a crowd that included his parents.

''Incredible,'' Freeland said. ''The fans were great.''

Pat Valaika drove in five runs, including a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth that turned a 2-0 lead into a rout. Charlie Blackmon also hit a solo homer.

Rockies left fielder Gerardo Parra had the play of the day in the eighth as he sprinted for Yolmer Sanchez's blooper in short left and then went into a head-first dive to snare the ball. Parra pointed at Freeland, who pumped his fist and tipped his cap in appreciation.

Carlos Rodon (1-2) allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in his third start of the season. He began the season on the disabled list with left biceps bursitis.

''Today was all Freeland and the Rockies,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said.

Freeland attended the University of Evansville and was taken by the Rockies with the eighth overall pick in 2014. His favorite players as a kid were Todd Helton, Larry Walker, the Blake Street Bombers, along with pitchers Jeff Francis and Aaron Cook.

To Nolan Arenado, there's no doubt where this would've ranked had Freeland closed out the no-hit attempt.

''One of the greatest things in Rockies' history,'' Arenado said. ''It would have been a great story, but at the end of the day it's still a great story.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (elbow) threw Saturday and felt ''a little uncomfortable,'' manager Rick Renteria said. ''He's going be reevaluated and we will see what the evaluation is and we will determine what the plan will be from there for him returning.''

Rockies: INF/OF Ian Desmond (strained right calf) is ''progressing,'' Black said. ... Noticeably hobbling, 2B DJ LeMahieu left the game for a pinch runner after a walk in the sixth. The All-Star LeMahieu has been bothered by a groin issue.

PREDICTION

Rockies manager Bud Black predicted this sort of outing. Well, maybe not a one-hitter so much, but how Freeland would throw his first pitch.

Black said it would be a two-seam fastball about 91 mph.

''I hope it's a strike, too,'' he said.

Black was correct on all accounts.

UP NEXT

White Sox: After the All-Star break, Chicago opens a five-game homestand - three against Seattle and two versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rockies: Jon Gray (2-0, 3.75 ERA) will start Friday when the Rockies return from the break to open a three-game series in New York against the Mets.

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  • W: K. Freeland (9-7)L: C. Rodon (1-2)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (20), P. Valaika (7)
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T. Frazier 3B30000112.213.335.444.7790.5
A. Garcia RF30000002.310.353.497.8500.0
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T. Anderson SS30000011.240.263.369.632-0.5
Y. Sanchez 2B30000010.265.328.398.726-0.5
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    C. Blackmon CF41111112.319.372.583.9556.5
    D. LeMahieu 2B20000100.307.364.389.7531.0
    A. Amarista 2B21000003.255.274.373.6473.0
    N. Arenado 3B41100101.301.351.554.9053.0
    M. Reynolds 1B23100311.284.379.513.8926.5
    G. Parra LF53320002.335.360.503.8649.0
    P. Valaika SS41251002.243.268.514.78211.0
    C. Gonzalez RF40200012.221.299.338.6371.5
    R. Hanigan C40100013.246.283.351.6340.5
    K. Freeland P40110032.222.243.333.5770.5
    J. Lyles P00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
      BATTING
      • SH - C. Rodon
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Parra (9)
      • HR - C. Blackmon (20), P. Valaika (7)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (61), G. Parra 2 (33), P. Valaika 5 (22), K. Freeland (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Freeland
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Amarista
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Sanchez, T. Anderson, J. Abreu
      • E - O. Narvaez (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - P. Valaika, A. Amarista, M. Reynolds
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (L, 1-2)5.15663414.321.38-2.0
      C. Beck0.13111113.791.35-4.5
      M. Pelfrey0.13331004.831.46-7.0
      G. Infante2.01001204.811.605.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (L, 1-2)5.1
      C. Beck0.1
      M. Pelfrey0.1
      G. Infante2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (W, 9-7)8.11003903.771.4034.5
      J. Lyles0.20000006.341.410.0
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (W, 9-7)8.1
      J. Lyles0.2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 95-52, C. Beck 17-9, M. Pelfrey 19-12, G. Infante 32-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 6-5, M. Pelfrey 1-0, G. Infante 1-3
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 23, C. Beck 5, M. Pelfrey 5, G. Infante 8
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. Freeland (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 126-80, J. Lyles 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 9-6
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 29, J. Lyles 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      A. Engel CF40000011.259.341.370.711-0.5
      M. Cabrera LF40100001.286.332.416.7481.0
      J. Abreu 1B20000111.299.349.522.8711.5
      T. Frazier 3B30000112.213.335.444.7790.5
      A. Garcia RF30000002.310.353.497.8500.0
      G. Infante P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      T. Anderson SS30000011.240.263.369.632-0.5
      Y. Sanchez 2B30000010.265.328.398.726-0.5
      O. Narvaez C20000120.257.344.279.6240.0
      C. Rodon P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      C. Beck P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      W. Garcia RF10000010.259.316.424.739-0.5
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Blackmon CF41111112.319.372.583.9556.5
        D. LeMahieu 2B20000100.307.364.389.7531.0
        A. Amarista 2B21000003.255.274.373.6473.0
        N. Arenado 3B41100101.301.351.554.9053.0
        M. Reynolds 1B23100311.284.379.513.8926.5
        G. Parra LF53320002.335.360.503.8649.0
        P. Valaika SS41251002.243.268.514.78211.0
        C. Gonzalez RF40200012.221.299.338.6371.5
        R. Hanigan C40100013.246.283.351.6340.5
        K. Freeland P40110032.222.243.333.5770.5
        J. Lyles P00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
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          BATTING
          • SH - C. Rodon
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Parra (9)
          • HR - C. Blackmon (20), P. Valaika (7)
          • RBI - C. Blackmon (61), G. Parra 2 (33), P. Valaika 5 (22), K. Freeland (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Freeland
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Amarista
          FIELDING
          • DP - Y. Sanchez, T. Anderson, J. Abreu
          • E - O. Narvaez (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - P. Valaika, A. Amarista, M. Reynolds
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Rodon (L, 1-2)5.15663414.321.38-2.0
          C. Beck0.13111113.791.35-4.5
          M. Pelfrey0.13331004.831.46-7.0
          G. Infante2.01001204.811.605.0
          Total8.0121010672---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Rodon (L, 1-2)5.1
          C. Beck0.1
          M. Pelfrey0.1
          G. Infante2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          K. Freeland (W, 9-7)8.11003903.771.4034.5
          J. Lyles0.20000006.341.410.0
          Total9.0100390---
          PITCHERSIP
          K. Freeland (W, 9-7)8.1
          J. Lyles0.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 95-52, C. Beck 17-9, M. Pelfrey 19-12, G. Infante 32-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 6-5, M. Pelfrey 1-0, G. Infante 1-3
          • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 23, C. Beck 5, M. Pelfrey 5, G. Infante 8
          PITCHING
          • HBP - K. Freeland (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 126-80, J. Lyles 6-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 9-6
          • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 29, J. Lyles 2
          • 7TH INNING
            Freeland singled to center, Parra scored, Valaika to second010
            Valaika singled to right, Reynolds scored, Parra to third09
            Parra singled to left, Arenado scored, Reynolds to second08
          • 6TH INNING
            Valaika homered to left, Reynolds and Parra scored07
            Parra singled to right, Amarista scored, Reynolds to second04
            Blackmon homered to right center03
          • 2ND INNING
            Parra scored02
            Valaika grounded out to second, Reynolds scored, Parra to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to left
            • Jordan Lyles relieved Kyle Freeland
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu lined out to second
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier lined out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sanchez flied out to left
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • W. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Infante Pitching:
            • A. Amarista: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Amarista grounded out to second
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado fouled out to first
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Reynolds walked
            • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Parra flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked, Abreu to second
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Abreu to third, Frazier out at second
            • T. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Anderson flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Pelfrey Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Reynolds singled to center, Arenado to second
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra singled to left, Arenado scored, Reynolds to second
            • P. Valaika: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Valaika singled to right, Reynolds scored, Parra to third
            • Gregory Infante pitching
            • Willy Garcia in right
            • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez fouled out to third
            • R. Hanigan: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanigan struck out swinging
            • K. Freeland: Foul, Foul, Freeland singled to center, Parra scored, Valaika to second
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Narvaez walked
            • C. Rodon: Rodon hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Narvaez to second
            • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Engel grounded out to shortstop, Narvaez to third
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to shallow center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon homered to right center
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
            • Alexi Amarista ran for DJ LeMahieu
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Arenado lined out to right
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Amarista stole second, Ball, Reynolds walked
            • G. Parra: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Parra singled to right, Amarista scored, Reynolds to second
            • Chris Beck relieved Carlos Rodon
            • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike looking, Valaika homered to left, Reynolds and Parra scored
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center
            • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Hanigan singled to right, Gonzalez to second
            • K. Freeland: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked, Gonzalez to third, Hanigan to second
            • Mike Pelfrey relieved Chris Beck
            • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Amarista grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to second
            • T. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to second
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • R. Hanigan: Hanigan grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Freeland struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Foul, Strike looking, Engel grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera flied out to left
            • J. Abreu: Ball, Abreu hit by pitch
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado singled to center
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra flied out to center
            • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike looking, Valaika lined out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • C. Rodon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Rodon struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to center
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia popped out to second
            • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike looking, Parra doubled to deep right center, Reynolds to third
            • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valaika grounded out to second, Reynolds scored, Parra to third
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Parra scored, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Hanigan: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hanigan grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gonzalez out at second
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • K. Freeland Pitching:
            • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Engel grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera popped out to second
            • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Abreu struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Rodon Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep center
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)