Holland picks up save in Rockies' 3-2 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Colorado manager Bud Black expressed faith in Greg Holland before the game, saying he did not intend to remove his struggling closer from that role.

Holland was summoned to protect a one-run lead Thursday and he worked a flawless ninth for his 36th save as the Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2.

Holland allowed Eric Hosmer's game-ending, three-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday night and was 0-4 with three blown saves in his previous six appearances.

''You have games in a row where your command is not where you expect it to be,'' Holland said. ''I guess there is sometimes a little bit of `What are we going to get today?' But, I cleaned a few things up. Today, the ball was going towards my target like I'm used to seeing.

''When you get the line out from the first batter it makes it a lot easier, when you get that first hitter out.''

Pat Valaika hit a two-run homer off Mike Minor with two outs in the eighth inning to give the Rockies a lead.

''I faced him the night before, so I knew he liked his slider on the hands a little bit, so kind of in the back of my mind,'' Valaika said. ''That's where he threw it and I didn't miss it.''

Valaika snapped an 0-for-12 slide, driving a full-count breaking ball from Minor (5-6) to left after Gerardo Parra singled.

''It was a terrible pitch,'' Minor said. ''I just hung it. It didn't have good break on it, no spin, not much depth to it.''

Adam Ottavino (2-3) struck out two in a perfect seventh.

The Rockies snapped a four-game losing streak with just their fifth victory in 17 games.

Rookie Jake Junis limited the Rockies to one run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He matched his career high with seven strikeouts and walked one. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three August starts, walking one and striking out 16 in 19 1/3 innings.

''Junis was fantastic,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He had a really good slider, a lot of swings and misses on his slider. He spotted his fastball extremely well. Junis was very impressive.''

Whit Merrifield and Brandon Moss led off the Royals' first and second innings with home runs. It was Merrifield's third career leadoff home run, all this season, and his eighth hit in 15 at-bats. Moss hit his 17th home run, 14 with the bases empty.

Rockies starter German Marquez allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.

Raimel Tapia singled in Parra in the sixth for Colorado's first run.

Royals reliever Peter Moylan got three outs on seven pitches. He got DJ LaMahieu to roll into a double play to end the seventh, and retired Nolan Arenado, who singled in his first two at-bats, on a comebacker to start the eighth.

''This is a tough loss,'' Yost said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (left knee inflammation) is scheduled to throw another simulated game this weekend in Atlanta. Black said if ''he comes out of that fine'' Anderson would go out on a rehab assignment. ''He could conceivably start a game'' in September, Black said.

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas has a sore knee and was not in the lineup, but flied out as pinch hitter to end the game. Yost said Moustakas heard his knee pop on his final at-bat. ''It's not anything we're concerned about,'' Yost said. ''We're going to just give him a day off. We might DH him a day or two, depending on how he feels tomorrow.''

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis will make his third start since returning from battling testicular cancer in the series opener at Atlanta on Friday night.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas, who is 2-4 with a 7.15 ERA in eight starts since July 1, will start Friday night at Cleveland. He was 12-3 with an American League-leading 2.22 ERA at the end of June.

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RockiesCOL69-58
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RoyalsKC64-62
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  • W: A. Ottavino (2-3)L: M. Minor (5-6)S: G. Holland (36)
  • HR: COL - P. Valaika (11), KC - B. Moss (17), W. Merrifield (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40200110.337.399.6221.0213.5
D. LeMahieu 2B50100024.312.375.390.7660.0
N. Arenado 3B40200002.313.369.599.9672.0
G. Parra LF42200003.345.375.521.8974.0
C. Gonzalez DH40100021.240.308.360.6691.0
P. Valaika 1B41121012.261.288.542.8306.5
M. Reynolds 1B00000000.275.363.505.8680.0
R. Tapia RF40210020.278.329.414.7422.0
T. Story SS40000013.223.305.416.720-0.5
T. Wolters C30000100.244.343.293.6361.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41111011.288.323.467.7915.5
    L. Cain CF40200000.293.356.438.7942.0
    M. Cabrera LF40200002.297.337.446.7832.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40100012.318.382.501.8830.5
    J. Bonifacio RF40000022.255.323.433.756-1.0
    B. Moss DH31211111.206.289.433.7237.5
    A. Escobar SS40000002.238.261.319.5800.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B30100101.229.274.339.6132.0
    D. Butera C30000023.263.315.368.683-1.0
    a- M. Moustakas PH10000000.281.317.558.8740.0
    • a-flied out for Butera in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Blackmon (28), C. Gonzalez (22)
    • HR - P. Valaika (11)
    • RBI - P. Valaika 2 (33), R. Tapia (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - P. Valaika 2 (10)
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Merrifield (15), B. Moss (17)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (58), B. Moss (34)
    FIELDING
    • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, D. LeMahieu, P. Valaika, G. Marquez
    FIELDING
    • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, C. Cuthbert, E. Hosmer
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Marquez6.08222224.181.3210.0
    A. Ottavino (W, 2-3)1.00000205.231.6311.0
    M. Dunn (H, 16)1.01000304.361.413.5
    G. Holland (S, 36)1.00000003.691.2310.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Marquez6.0
    A. Ottavino (W, 2-3)1.0
    M. Dunn (H, 16)1.0
    G. Holland (S, 36)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis5.17111704.681.379.5
    S. Alexander (H, 5)1.01001002.331.281.0
    P. Moylan (H, 17)1.00000004.271.173.0
    M. Minor (L, 5-6) (BS, 3)0.22220213.031.03-8.0
    K. McCarthy1.01000001.691.282.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis5.1
    S. Alexander (H, 5)1.0
    P. Moylan (H, 17)1.0
    M. Minor (L, 5-6) (BS, 3)0.2
    K. McCarthy1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 97-65, A. Ottavino 13-8, M. Dunn 19-12, G. Holland 7-4
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 8-6
    • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 26, A. Ottavino 3, M. Dunn 4, G. Holland 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 79-55, S. Alexander 11-6, P. Moylan 7-6, M. Minor 15-12, K. McCarthy 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-4, S. Alexander 2-0, P. Moylan 2-0, K. McCarthy 2-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, S. Alexander 4, P. Moylan 2, M. Minor 4, K. McCarthy 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RockiesCOL69-58
    0000010203110
    RoyalsKC64-62
    110000000290
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF40200110.337.399.6221.0213.5
    D. LeMahieu 2B50100024.312.375.390.7660.0
    N. Arenado 3B40200002.313.369.599.9672.0
    G. Parra LF42200003.345.375.521.8974.0
    C. Gonzalez DH40100021.240.308.360.6691.0
    P. Valaika 1B41121012.261.288.542.8306.5
    M. Reynolds 1B00000000.275.363.505.8680.0
    R. Tapia RF40210020.278.329.414.7422.0
    T. Story SS40000013.223.305.416.720-0.5
    T. Wolters C30000100.244.343.293.6361.0
    Total36311312915-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B41111011.288.323.467.7915.5
      L. Cain CF40200000.293.356.438.7942.0
      M. Cabrera LF40200002.297.337.446.7832.0
      E. Hosmer 1B40100012.318.382.501.8830.5
      J. Bonifacio RF40000022.255.323.433.756-1.0
      B. Moss DH31211111.206.289.433.7237.5
      A. Escobar SS40000002.238.261.319.5800.0
      C. Cuthbert 3B30100101.229.274.339.6132.0
      D. Butera C30000023.263.315.368.683-1.0
      a- M. Moustakas PH10000000.281.317.558.8740.0
      Total3429222714-----
      • a-flied out for Butera in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Blackmon (28), C. Gonzalez (22)
      • HR - P. Valaika (11)
      • RBI - P. Valaika 2 (33), R. Tapia (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Valaika 2 (10)
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Merrifield (15), B. Moss (17)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (58), B. Moss (34)
      FIELDING
      • DP - N. Arenado, T. Story, D. LeMahieu, P. Valaika, G. Marquez
      FIELDING
      • DP - A. Escobar, W. Merrifield, C. Cuthbert, E. Hosmer
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez6.08222224.181.3210.0
      A. Ottavino (W, 2-3)1.00000205.231.6311.0
      M. Dunn (H, 16)1.01000304.361.413.5
      G. Holland (S, 36)1.00000003.691.2310.0
      Total9.0922272---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez6.0
      A. Ottavino (W, 2-3)1.0
      M. Dunn (H, 16)1.0
      G. Holland (S, 36)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis5.17111704.681.379.5
      S. Alexander (H, 5)1.01001002.331.281.0
      P. Moylan (H, 17)1.00000004.271.173.0
      M. Minor (L, 5-6) (BS, 3)0.22220213.031.03-8.0
      K. McCarthy1.01000001.691.282.0
      Total9.01133291---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis5.1
      S. Alexander (H, 5)1.0
      P. Moylan (H, 17)1.0
      M. Minor (L, 5-6) (BS, 3)0.2
      K. McCarthy1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 97-65, A. Ottavino 13-8, M. Dunn 19-12, G. Holland 7-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 8-6
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 26, A. Ottavino 3, M. Dunn 4, G. Holland 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 79-55, S. Alexander 11-6, P. Moylan 7-6, M. Minor 15-12, K. McCarthy 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-4, S. Alexander 2-0, P. Moylan 2-0, K. McCarthy 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, S. Alexander 4, P. Moylan 2, M. Minor 4, K. McCarthy 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Valaika homered to left, Parra scored32
      • 6TH INNING
        Tapia singled to left, Parra scored, Gonzalez to third12
      • 2ND INNING
        Moss homered to right02
      • 1ST INNING
        Merrifield homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Mike Minor
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Story grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Wolters: Wolters flied out to left
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Blackmon doubled to shallow left
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Greg Holland relieved Mike Dunn
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Cuthbert lined out to right
        • Mike Moustakas hit for Drew Butera
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas flied out to deep center
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • P. Moylan Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
        • Mike Minor relieved Peter Moylan
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Parra singled to right
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valaika homered to left, Parra scored
        • R. Tapia: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mark Reynolds at first
        • Mike Dunn relieved Adam Ottavino
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • B. Moss: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Alexander Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • Peter Moylan relieved Scott Alexander
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded into double play third to second to first, Blackmon out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Ottavino relieved German Marquez
        • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Butera struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Cain flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Parra singled to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to shallow right, Parra to third
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika popped out to shortstop
        • Scott Alexander relieved Jake Junis
        • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Tapia singled to left, Parra scored, Gonzalez to third
        • T. Story: Story grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Tapia out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio lined out to pitcher
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moss singled to right
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Escobar flied out to right
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Cuthbert fouled out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked
        • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon singled to center, Wolters to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to third, Blackmon out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to center
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain lined out to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to center
        • E. Hosmer: Foul, Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Moss: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moss walked
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to shortstop, Moss to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert walked
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Butera grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Wolters flied out to deep center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to center
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado singled to right, LeMahieu to third
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Parra grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain singled to center
        • M. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Cabrera grounded into double play third to second to first, Cain out at second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Valaika lined out to right
        • R. Tapia: Tapia singled to center
        • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Moss homered to right
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert singled to right
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cuthbert out at second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon lined out to center
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado singled to center
        • G. Parra: Foul, Parra grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield homered to left
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cain reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Cabrera grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Cain out at second
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer singled to center
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)