Desmond homers twice as Rockies rally for 9-5 win at Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Ian Desmond, Trevor Story and Colorado starter Chad Bettis each had quite a return to Texas in a record comeback for the Rockies.

Playing his first game in Texas since being an All-Star center fielder in his only season for the Rangers, Desmond homered twice. Story had a pair of RBI hits in his first big league game at home and fellow Texas native Bettis overcame a tough first inning as the Rockies won 9-5 in the opener of an interleague series Friday night.

''Lot of emotion,'' said Desmond, who went to Colorado in free agency after playing for Texas in 2016. ''Good time to have a good game.''

Desmond, a converted shortstop and now the primary first baseman for the Rockies, homered leading off the second inning. That ignited a six-run outburst after Bettis (5-1) allowed two-run homers to Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo in a five-run Texas first.

The Rangers didn't score again against Bettis, who made it 5 2/3 innings - or any of the three Rockies relievers.

''For them to get six there right after I had given up five was huge,'' said Bettis, who is from Lubbock and pitched at Texas Tech. ''I needed to go out there and show these guys thanks for picking me up.''

The last time the Rockies won after trailing by five runs after the first inning was against Atlanta on Sept. 24, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They had never had such a comeback on the road until Friday night.

''Yeah, it was (surprising). I felt like our guys there in the first, the approach was solid,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''They were getting some pitches to hit. In the second, we grounded into a double play when we had a run-scoring opportunity. ... I felt like that once Colorado got the six runs, an experienced pitcher settled in and started making some pitches.''

Texas has a seven-game losing streak, its longest of the season. The Rockies had lost five of their previous six.

Story grew up about 15 minutes away from the Rangers' ballpark before he was the 45th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Rockies out of Irving High School. The shortstop, who still lives in the area in the offseason, leads the National League with 52 RBIs.

After Desmond's homer in the second off Yohander Mendez (0-1), the lefty making his first big league start, D.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon had consecutive RBI singles before Nolan Arenado snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 slump with a two-run double. Story then had the tiebreaking RBI single.

''Yeah, it was special. I grew up loving the Rangers, so coming here I've always dreamed of playing in this stadium,'' Story said. ''It was kind of surreal at first and I was a little nervous at first. Those kind of went away pretty quick.''

ROCKIES GOING DEEP

Arenado led off the ninth with his 13th homer. ... Desmond's second homer, in the fifth, was his 14th of the season for his fifth career multihomer game. ... Desmond was only 10th Rockies player with a multihomer game in an interleague road game, the first since Blackmon at Yankee Stadium in 2016. ... Desmond is the first Rockies player to homer twice at Texas.

BIG INNING

The six-run second was the highest scoring inning this season for Colorado, and the most in an American League ballpark since eight in the 10th inning of a game at Detroit on June 15, 2012.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Carlos Estevez, who has been out all season with a left oblique and elbow strain, threw a bullpen session. Manager Bud Black said he threw all of his pitched at a high-level intensity and is ''really gaining momentum.''

Rangers: Carlos Perez, starting in place of Chirinos, rolled his right ankle extending to catch a ball in the top of the second inning. Jose Trevino, recalled from Double-A Frisco, made his big league when he batted for Perez in the bottom of the inning and then stayed in the game as the catcher. ... RF Nomar Mazara was a late scratch from the lineup because of left wrist soreness. ... Right-handed relievers Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Chris Martin (right calf strain) were put on the 10-day DL.

UP NEXT

Lefty Kyle Freeland (6-6), the Denver native who was 4-0 in interleague starts as a rookie last season, takes the mound for the Rockies in the first of consecutive day games to close out the interleague series. Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (4-4) is working on extended six days of rest after Texas had two off days during the week.

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123456789RHE
COL34-35
0600101019130
TEX27-44
500000000560
  • W: C. Bettis (5-1)L: Y. Mendez (0-1)
  • HR: COL - I. Desmond 2 (14), N. Arenado (13), TEX - J. Profar (7), J. Gallo (18)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B51210010.279.329.437.7654.5
C. Blackmon CF41110101.283.362.496.8584.0
N. Arenado 3B43331111.312.406.557.96314.5
T. Story SS50220012.272.344.529.8726.5
I. Desmond 1B52322012.203.269.424.69312.5
T. Murphy C50100012.385.385.462.8460.5
G. Parra LF41000002.288.330.376.7061.0
C. Iannetta DH30000111.231.335.399.7340.5
N. Cuevas RF41100001.280.314.354.6682.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo RF30000120.271.383.462.8440.0
    D. DeShields CF31100110.218.319.298.6172.5
    J. Profar SS31121102.239.314.443.7578.0
    A. Beltre 3B31200000.331.389.439.8284.0
    R. Odor DH30000133.214.290.297.587-0.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 2B41110013.243.321.344.6652.5
    J. Gallo LF31121121.201.296.463.7597.0
    R. Guzman 1B40000011.218.291.412.703-0.5
    C. Perez C0000-000.159.197.238.000-
    a- J. Trevino PH-C40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    • a-grounded out for Perez in the 4th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. LeMahieu (12), N. Arenado 2 (15), T. Story (17)
    • HR - N. Arenado (13), I. Desmond 2 (14)
    • RBI - D. LeMahieu (22), C. Blackmon (32), N. Arenado 3 (40), T. Story 2 (52), I. Desmond 2 (39)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (14), C. Blackmon (12), N. Arenado 2 (11), T. Story (32)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Profar (7), J. Gallo (18)
    • RBI - J. Profar 2 (37), I. Kiner-Falefa (18), J. Gallo 2 (41)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (11)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Story (9)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (6)
    • DP - 2 (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond; LeMahieu-Story-Desmond)
    • PB - T. Murphy
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Beltre-Kiner-Falefa-Guzman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Bettis (W, 5-1)5.26553624.651.2911.0
    H. Musgrave (H, 3)1.10000302.790.984.5
    A. Ottavino (H, 13)1.00001200.920.653.0
    W. Davis1.00001003.291.102.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Bettis (W, 5-1)5.2
    H. Musgrave (H, 3)1.1
    A. Ottavino (H, 13)1.0
    W. Davis1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Y. Mendez (L, 0-1)3.076621114.732.73-10.5
    M. Moore3.01111317.631.977.5
    T. Barnette2.03110202.911.023.0
    B. Mann1.02110011.501.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Y. Mendez (L, 0-1)3.0
    M. Moore3.0
    T. Barnette2.0
    B. Mann1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Bettis (3)
    • HBP - A. Ottavino (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 106-64, H. Musgrave 16-11, A. Ottavino 29-16, W. Davis 12-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 8-1, A. Ottavino 1-0, W. Davis 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 24, H. Musgrave 4, A. Ottavino 5, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Mendez 72-40, M. Moore 48-32, T. Barnette 38-28, B. Mann 21-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Mendez 5-3, M. Moore 3-3, T. Barnette 3-1, B. Mann 1-1
    • Batters Faced - Y. Mendez 18, M. Moore 11, T. Barnette 9, B. Mann 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    COL34-35
    0600101019130
    TEX27-44
    500000000560
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B51210010.279.329.437.7654.5
    C. Blackmon CF41110101.283.362.496.8584.0
    N. Arenado 3B43331111.312.406.557.96314.5
    T. Story SS50220012.272.344.529.8726.5
    I. Desmond 1B52322012.203.269.424.69312.5
    T. Murphy C50100012.385.385.462.8460.5
    G. Parra LF41000002.288.330.376.7061.0
    C. Iannetta DH30000111.231.335.399.7340.5
    N. Cuevas RF41100001.280.314.354.6682.0
    Total39913933612-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo RF30000120.271.383.462.8440.0
      D. DeShields CF31100110.218.319.298.6172.5
      J. Profar SS31121102.239.314.443.7578.0
      A. Beltre 3B31200000.331.389.439.8284.0
      R. Odor DH30000133.214.290.297.587-0.5
      I. Kiner-Falefa 2B41110013.243.321.344.6652.5
      J. Gallo LF31121121.201.296.463.7597.0
      R. Guzman 1B40000011.218.291.412.703-0.5
      C. Perez C0000-000.159.197.238.000-
      a- J. Trevino PH-C40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      Total30565251110-----
      • a-grounded out for Perez in the 4th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. LeMahieu (12), N. Arenado 2 (15), T. Story (17)
      • HR - N. Arenado (13), I. Desmond 2 (14)
      • RBI - D. LeMahieu (22), C. Blackmon (32), N. Arenado 3 (40), T. Story 2 (52), I. Desmond 2 (39)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (14), C. Blackmon (12), N. Arenado 2 (11), T. Story (32)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Profar (7), J. Gallo (18)
      • RBI - J. Profar 2 (37), I. Kiner-Falefa (18), J. Gallo 2 (41)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Gallo 2 (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Story (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Parra (6)
      • DP - 2 (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond; LeMahieu-Story-Desmond)
      • PB - T. Murphy
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Beltre-Kiner-Falefa-Guzman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bettis (W, 5-1)5.26553624.651.2911.0
      H. Musgrave (H, 3)1.10000302.790.984.5
      A. Ottavino (H, 13)1.00001200.920.653.0
      W. Davis1.00001003.291.102.0
      Total9.06555112---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bettis (W, 5-1)5.2
      H. Musgrave (H, 3)1.1
      A. Ottavino (H, 13)1.0
      W. Davis1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Mendez (L, 0-1)3.076621114.732.73-10.5
      M. Moore3.01111317.631.977.5
      T. Barnette2.03110202.911.023.0
      B. Mann1.02110011.501.000.0
      Total9.01399363---
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Mendez (L, 0-1)3.0
      M. Moore3.0
      T. Barnette2.0
      B. Mann1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Bettis (3)
      • HBP - A. Ottavino (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 106-64, H. Musgrave 16-11, A. Ottavino 29-16, W. Davis 12-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 8-1, A. Ottavino 1-0, W. Davis 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 24, H. Musgrave 4, A. Ottavino 5, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Mendez 72-40, M. Moore 48-32, T. Barnette 38-28, B. Mann 21-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Mendez 5-3, M. Moore 3-3, T. Barnette 3-1, B. Mann 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Mendez 18, M. Moore 11, T. Barnette 9, B. Mann 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Arenado homered to center95
      • 7TH INNING
        Story doubled to right center, Arenado scored85
      • 5TH INNING
        Desmond homered to right center75
      • 2ND INNING
        Story singled to left, Arenado scored65
        Arenado doubled to left, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored55
        Blackmon singled to left, Cuevas scored, LeMahieu to second35
        LeMahieu singled to left, Parra scored, Cuevas to second25
        Desmond homered to left center15
      • 1ST INNING
        Gallo homered to center, Kiner-Falefa scored05
        Kiner-Falefa singled to left, Beltre scored, Odor out at third, Kiner-Falefa to second03
        Profar homered to right, DeShields scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Brandon Mann relieved Tony Barnette
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Arenado homered to center
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story lined out to second
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Desmond singled to left
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Murphy grounded into double play third to second to first, Desmond out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gallo walked
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Guzman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gallo out at second
        • J. Trevino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trevino popped out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • T. Barnette Pitching:
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
        • N. Cuevas: Foul, Cuevas grounded out to third
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu doubled to left
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Ottavino relieved Harrison Musgrave
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beltre hit by pitch, Profar to second
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Tony Barnette relieved Matt Moore
        • N. Arenado: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado doubled to left
        • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Story doubled to right center, Arenado scored
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy lined out to center
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • H. Musgrave Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Ball, Foul, Guzman flied out to left
        • J. Trevino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Trevino struck out looking
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • N. Cuevas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cuevas grounded out to third
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu flied out to deep center
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Beltre reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Beltre out at second
        • Harrison Musgrave relieved Chad Bettis
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond homered to right center
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Parra flied out to deep right
        • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Iannetta flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Profar grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Matt Moore relieved Yohander Mendez
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado walked
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
        • J. Trevino: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trevino grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Y. Mendez Pitching:
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra grounded out to second
        • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta walked
        • N. Cuevas: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuevas grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre flied out to shallow right
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Y. Mendez Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond homered to left center
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to center
        • G. Parra: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Parra reached on fielder's choice to second, Murphy out at second
        • C. Iannetta: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Iannetta flied out to deep left
        • N. Cuevas: Ball, Cuevas singled to center, Parra to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu singled to left, Parra scored, Cuevas to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to left, Cuevas scored, LeMahieu to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arenado doubled to left, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored
        • T. Story: Ball, Story singled to left, Arenado scored
        • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Story stole second, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (6 Runs, 7 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Trevino hit for Carlos Perez
        • J. Trevino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Trevino grounded out to third
        • S. Choo: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. DeShields: DeShields singled to right, Choo to third
        • J. Profar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Profar grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, DeShields out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Y. Mendez Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to right
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
        • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Story flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Choo grounded out to first
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields to second on wild pitch, Profar homered to right, DeShields scored
        • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Beltre reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Odor walked, Beltre to second
        • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa singled to left, Beltre scored, Odor out at third, Kiner-Falefa to second
        • J. Gallo: Gallo homered to center, Kiner-Falefa scored
        • R. Guzman: Guzman grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)