Hosmer 3-run HR with 2 outs in 9th, Royals beat Rockies 6-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Eric Hosmer got a lot of close-up looks at Greg Holland over the years. So when it came time to face his former Kansas City teammate, Hosmer remembered what to do.

And what not to do, too.

Hosmer hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning off Holland, lifting the Royals over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Wednesday night.

''Just knowing how good his slider is, I was just trying to look for something up,'' Hosmer said. ''Anything that starts belt high or a little above is going to go right to the ground.''

''So, I was just trying to see something up and put a good swing on one. A swing like that can really get things going for the team. Hopefully we can continue on and keep playing good baseball,'' he said.

The Rockies have lost four straight and 11 of 15.

Holland (2-5) fell to 0-4 with one save in four opportunities in his past six games, allowing 10 hits, three home runs and 12 runs over five innings.

Rockies manager Bud Black said he prefers not to take Holland out of his closer's role.

''We'll talk about it, but my initial instinct is to keep Greg where he is,'' Black said. ''We wouldn't be where we are without him. He's going through a little bit of a tough stretch as far as making pitches. Arm feels good. Still has confidence.''

''We've got to get him to the point where he's locating the slider, locating the fastball. Getting that last out or making that last pitch to get the save. That's been the case of the last three times where it's been one out away or one strike away and he just hasn't executed the pitch,'' he said.

The former Royals closer issued a leadoff walk in the ninth, gave up a two-out single to Melky Cabrera and then was tagged by Hosmer on a 1-1 pitch.

''It's all predicated on throwing good pitches at this level and I didn't do that today,'' Holland said.

Brandon Maurer (2-1) pitched the ninth.

Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado homered for the Rockies in a matchup of playoff contenders.

Blackmon hit his career-high 30th. He became the first National League leadoff man to reach 30 home runs since Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins in 2008.

Arenado, who has homered in back-to-back games, hit his 29th in the first. He leads the majors with 108 RBIs and 74 extra-base hits.

Arenado has a major league-leading .430 batting average in the first inning.

Rockies rookie Antonio Senzatela allowed nine hits but just two runs in five innings.

Ian Kennedy failed to make it out of the fifth for Kansas City, yielding three runs on seven hits, including two home runs. In his past two starts, he has surrendered eight runs on 13 hits, including four home runs, in 7 1/3 innings.

Kennedy is 0-6 with a 5.97 ERA in 12 home starts this season. He has a franchise record of 16 winless starts since beating the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 20, 2016.

Whit Merrifield had four hits for the Royals, matching his career high.

PEREZ WON'T DH

Royals C Salvador Perez has been the DH 13 games this season, but he won't be used in that role again this season. He strained his right intercostal swinging on Aug. 4 and missed 15 games. ''When you're catching, you're staying loose and you're staying mobile,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''When you're DHing, you have an at-bat and then sit. It's probably something we won't entertain.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: IF-OF Ian Desmond (right calf strain) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Albuquerque. If he has no setbacks, Desmond could be activated Sunday. ... LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) threw a 45-to-50 pitch three inning simulated game. He will throw another simulated game before going out on a rehab assignment. ''This is more about, I think, the knee strength moving forward,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''His arm has felt pretty good all year.

Royals: RHP Kelvin Herrera will circumvent a trip to the disabled list after being removed in the ninth inning Tuesday with forearm tightness. The Royals do not expect their closer will miss much time, if any.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Marquez is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts against American League clubs.

Royals: RHP Jake Junis has a 4.79 ERA in his eight major league starts.

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RockiesCOL68-58
101011000491
RoyalsKC64-61
01001010X6140
  • W: B. Maurer (3-5)L: G. Holland (2-5)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (29), C. Blackmon (30), KC - E. Hosmer (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF51311011.336.398.6211.0187.5
D. LeMahieu 2B50310001.313.377.392.7694.0
N. Arenado 3B41111124.311.368.600.9676.0
G. Parra DH30110002.343.374.521.8953.0
M. Reynolds 1B30000132.275.363.505.868-0.5
C. Gonzalez RF40000023.240.309.359.668-1.0
J. Lucroy C30000110.250.321.352.6730.5
R. Tapia LF40000011.271.324.411.735-0.5
T. Story SS22100201.225.308.420.7285.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B52410001.288.324.462.7869.0
    L. Cain CF50110015.291.355.438.7922.5
    M. Cabrera RF51200012.295.336.445.7812.5
    E. Hosmer 1B41341101.319.383.503.88612.0
    S. Perez C40000025.278.307.508.815-1.0
    M. Moustakas 3B41100001.282.317.559.8762.0
    J. Bonifacio DH40100001.258.326.438.7651.0
    A. Escobar SS40200001.240.263.322.5852.0
    A. Gordon LF31000104.198.285.285.5702.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Parra (20)
      • HR - C. Blackmon (30), N. Arenado (29)
      • SF - G. Parra (7)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (79), D. LeMahieu (53), N. Arenado (108), G. Parra (60)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (19), N. Arenado (41)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Cain (23)
      • HR - E. Hosmer (21)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (57), L. Cain (41), E. Hosmer 4 (73)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (24), E. Hosmer 4 (27)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - C. Blackmon (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (24)
      FIELDING
      • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
      • E - T. Story (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Senzatela5.09221204.521.274.0
      C. Rusin (H, 10)1.01000002.501.082.0
      P. Neshek (H, 14)0.21110201.630.91-1.0
      J. McGee (H, 16)1.11000003.451.092.0
      G. Holland (L, 2-5) (BS, 4)0.22331013.771.26-11.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Senzatela5.0
      C. Rusin (H, 10)1.0
      P. Neshek (H, 14)0.2
      J. McGee (H, 16)1.1
      G. Holland (L, 2-5) (BS, 4)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy4.27333625.091.302.0
      R. Buchter1.01111003.441.170.0
      P. Moylan1.11000204.371.193.0
      S. Alexander1.00000202.381.264.0
      B. Maurer (W, 3-5)1.00001006.001.439.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy4.2
      R. Buchter1.0
      P. Moylan1.1
      S. Alexander1.0
      B. Maurer (W, 3-5)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 81-51, C. Rusin 16-11, P. Neshek 13-8, J. McGee 24-14, G. Holland 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 9-2, C. Rusin 2-1, J. McGee 1-3
      • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 23, C. Rusin 4, P. Neshek 3, J. McGee 5, G. Holland 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 95-60, R. Buchter 29-19, P. Moylan 20-12, S. Alexander 9-8, B. Maurer 14-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-3, R. Buchter 1-2, P. Moylan 1-0, B. Maurer 1-2
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 23, R. Buchter 5, P. Moylan 4, S. Alexander 3, B. Maurer 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      RockiesCOL68-58
      101011000491
      RoyalsKC64-61
      01001010X6140
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Blackmon CF51311011.336.398.6211.0187.5
      D. LeMahieu 2B50310001.313.377.392.7694.0
      N. Arenado 3B41111124.311.368.600.9676.0
      G. Parra DH30110002.343.374.521.8953.0
      M. Reynolds 1B30000132.275.363.505.868-0.5
      C. Gonzalez RF40000023.240.309.359.668-1.0
      J. Lucroy C30000110.250.321.352.6730.5
      R. Tapia LF40000011.271.324.411.735-0.5
      T. Story SS22100201.225.308.420.7285.0
      Total33494251015-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B52410001.288.324.462.7869.0
        L. Cain CF50110015.291.355.438.7922.5
        M. Cabrera RF51200012.295.336.445.7812.5
        E. Hosmer 1B41341101.319.383.503.88612.0
        S. Perez C40000025.278.307.508.815-1.0
        M. Moustakas 3B41100001.282.317.559.8762.0
        J. Bonifacio DH40100001.258.326.438.7651.0
        A. Escobar SS40200001.240.263.322.5852.0
        A. Gordon LF31000104.198.285.285.5702.0
        Total38614612421-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Parra (20)
          • HR - C. Blackmon (30), N. Arenado (29)
          • SF - G. Parra (7)
          • RBI - C. Blackmon (79), D. LeMahieu (53), N. Arenado (108), G. Parra (60)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (19), N. Arenado (41)
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Cain (23)
          • HR - E. Hosmer (21)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (57), L. Cain (41), E. Hosmer 4 (73)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (24), E. Hosmer 4 (27)
          BASERUNNING
          • Picked Off - C. Blackmon (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (24)
          FIELDING
          • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, D. LeMahieu, M. Reynolds
          • E - T. Story (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, E. Hosmer
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Senzatela5.09221204.521.274.0
          C. Rusin (H, 10)1.01000002.501.082.0
          P. Neshek (H, 14)0.21110201.630.91-1.0
          J. McGee (H, 16)1.11000003.451.092.0
          G. Holland (L, 2-5) (BS, 4)0.22331013.771.26-11.0
          Total8.21466241---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Senzatela5.0
          C. Rusin (H, 10)1.0
          P. Neshek (H, 14)0.2
          J. McGee (H, 16)1.1
          G. Holland (L, 2-5) (BS, 4)0.2
          Total8.2
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy4.27333625.091.302.0
          R. Buchter1.01111003.441.170.0
          P. Moylan1.11000204.371.193.0
          S. Alexander1.00000202.381.264.0
          B. Maurer (W, 3-5)1.00001006.001.439.0
          Total9.09445102---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy4.2
          R. Buchter1.0
          P. Moylan1.1
          S. Alexander1.0
          B. Maurer (W, 3-5)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 81-51, C. Rusin 16-11, P. Neshek 13-8, J. McGee 24-14, G. Holland 23-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 9-2, C. Rusin 2-1, J. McGee 1-3
          • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 23, C. Rusin 4, P. Neshek 3, J. McGee 5, G. Holland 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 95-60, R. Buchter 29-19, P. Moylan 20-12, S. Alexander 9-8, B. Maurer 14-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 4-3, R. Buchter 1-2, P. Moylan 1-0, B. Maurer 1-2
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 23, R. Buchter 5, P. Moylan 4, S. Alexander 3, B. Maurer 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Hosmer homered to right, Gordon and Cabrera scored46
          • 7TH INNING
            Hosmer singled to left, Merrifield scored43
          • 6TH INNING
            LeMahieu singled to center, Story scored, Blackmon to second42
          • 5TH INNING
            Cain doubled to left, Merrifield scored32
            Parra hit sacrifice fly to left, Story scored, Blackmon to third, LeMahieu to second31
          • 3RD INNING
            Blackmon homered to right21
          • 2ND INNING
            Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop, Moustakas scored, Escobar to third on shortstop Story fielding error11
          • 1ST INNING
            Arenado homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Scott Alexander
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Blackmon flied out to deep center, Story to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Greg Holland relieved Jake McGee
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to left
            • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Cain lined out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera singled to left, Gordon to second
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer homered to right, Gordon and Cabrera scored
          • 8TH INNING
            • Scott Alexander relieved Peter Moylan
            • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Gonzalez struck out on foul tip
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Lucroy struck out looking
            • R. Tapia: Foul, Tapia lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. McGee Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bonifacio lined out to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • P. Moylan Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra grounded out to second
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Pat Neshek relieved Chris Rusin
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • Jake McGee relieved Pat Neshek
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hosmer singled to left, Merrifield scored
            • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Perez grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Buchter Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to second
            • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia flied out to left
            • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Story walked
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Blackmon singled to shallow left, Story to third
            • Peter Moylan relieved Ryan Buchter
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center, Story scored, Blackmon to second
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon picked off at second, pitcher to second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Rusin relieved Antonio Senzatela
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas lined out to right
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded out to catcher
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Story singled to center
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon singled to center, Story to second
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to right, Story to third, Blackmon to second
            • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Parra hit sacrifice fly to left, Story scored, Blackmon to third, LeMahieu to second
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Ian Kennedy
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
            • L. Cain: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cain doubled to left, Merrifield scored
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hosmer grounded out to shortstop, Cain to third
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to third
            • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bonifacio singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Bonifacio out at second
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded into double play shortstop to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon homered to right
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu singled to center
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, LeMahieu to second
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu to third, Arenado out at second
            • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to first
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hosmer walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez lined out to center
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lucroy walked
            • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moustakas singled to center
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio flied out to center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar singled to center, Moustakas to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to right, Moustakas to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop, Moustakas scored, Escobar to third on shortstop Story fielding error
            • L. Cain: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Cain reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado homered to left center
            • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra doubled to deep center
            • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Senzatela Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
            • L. Cain: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cain grounded into double play third to second to first, Merrifield out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left
            • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Hosmer singled to left, Cabrera to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)