Senzatela throws 7 shutout innings, Rockies beat Giants 8-1

DENVER (AP) Antonio Senzatela's most important pitch came early.

Senzatela worked out of a first-inning jam en route to throwing seven scoreless innings in his first start of the season, Nolan Arenado hit his National League-leading 22nd home run and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Colorado's Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including his first homer since June 20. Trevor Story had an RBI triple for the Rockies, who have won five of their last six games.

D.J. LeMahieu added a run-scoring double for Colorado, which has beaten the Giants in 14 of the past 16 games at Coors Field dating to Sept. 7, 2016.

Senzatela, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Albuquerque, struck out four and walked none while limiting the Giants to three hits but two of them came in the first inning. He got out of the two-on, two-out jam by retiring Pablo Sandoval, getting him to pop-out on a 2-0 changeup.

''To get out of that inning with a zero, stranding those runners, was huge,'' Senzatela said through a translator. ''I settled down pretty nicely and I'm glad I gave the team a chance to win.''

Arenado said Senzatela's ability to work out of first inning trouble helped set the tone for the rest of the game.

''Getting out of that first inning with no runs was huge,'' Arenado said. ''I feel like sometimes we always give up a run in the first and lately they haven't. He was just great, pounding the zone, throwing strikes getting ahead of guys. It was awesome. Our pitching in general lately has been huge for us and I think that's why lately we have been playing better.''

Senzatela started in the spot vacated by struggling Jon Gray, who started for the Rockies in their season opener but was optioned to Albuquerque last weekend.

Senzatela (3-1) made the team out of spring training and began the season in the Rockies' bullpen before being optioned on May 2 to Albuquerque, where he went 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in eight starts prior to his recall. As a rookie last season, Senzatela had most of his success as a starter, going 10-5 with a 5.03 ERA in 20 starts.

Chris Stratton (8-6) went 5 2/3 innings and allowed eight runs on 11 hits, including Blackmon's solo shot in the first inning as well as Arenado's three-run drive.

''His fastball command wasn't real sharp tonight,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. ''Fastballs missed their spots there. That's usually his forte, he commands it so well. He threw some good fastballs to Arenado and the changeup stayed in the middle. He wasn't real sharp with his command. He threw strikes but he needed to work the edges.''

The Giants broke through for a run on Alec Hanson's RBI single in the eighth off reliever MikeDunn.

The Giants were trailing 3-0 when Arenado broke the game open in the fifth with a three-run homer. Stratton walked LeMahieu to start the inning and Blackmon singled before Arenado drove a 3-2 offering over the left-center field wall.

GIANTS NEMESIS

Arenado has driven in 90 runs in 100 career games against the Giants, the second most among active players. Matt Kemp leads with 93 career RBIs against the Giants. Said Arenado: ''I think they bring out the best in all of us. They bring out the best in me - three World Series rings and they've always been one of the top tier teams in our division. It's always a tough place to play and I always want to beat them because I always feel like they've beaten us in the past, a lot.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: The team's starting rotation is nearing full strength again. Manager Bruce Bochy said that RHP Johnny Cueto is slated to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, when he's scheduled to start against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cueto was placed on the DL, retroactive to April 29, because of a right elbow sprain. RHP Jeff Samardzija is slated to start Saturday's game against St. Louis after being reinstated from the 10-day DL. Samardzija went on the DL after leaving a May 30 start against Colorado following one inning due to tightness in his pitching shoulder.

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis has gone on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. Bettis left his last start on Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers after three innings because of the finger injury. Senzatela was recalled from Albuquerque to fill Bettis' roster spot and started Tuesday against the Giants in the place of RHP Jon Gray, who was optioned Saturday to Albuquerque.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (3-4, 4.18 ERA) is coming off a strong outing in which he allowed one run on seven hits over six innings in a 2-1 win against Arizona.

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (5-3, 4.23 ERA) has gone 1-3 with a 5.26 ERA in eight previous starts at Coors Field this season.

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  • W: A. Senzatela (3-1)L: C. Stratton (8-6)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (22), C. Blackmon (15)
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B. Belt 1B40200001.298.393.514.9062.0
B. Crawford SS40100002.311.374.498.8721.0
P. Sandoval 3B40000014.256.320.392.712-0.5
H. Pence RF30000101.206.261.245.5061.0
J. Panik 2B40000002.245.316.354.6700.0
G. Hernandez CF20000010.281.332.471.803-0.5
A. Jackson CF11100000.247.315.301.6162.0
C. Stratton P20000010.097.097.097.194-0.5
N. Hundley C00000100.265.312.515.8271.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for Johnson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B42110110.276.326.433.7595.5
C. Blackmon CF52321010.275.348.466.8149.5
N. Arenado 3B42231001.313.398.6051.00310.0
C. Gonzalez RF41100001.267.316.427.7422.0
T. Story SS40210020.277.342.523.8644.0
G. Parra LF30110101.305.345.423.7673.0
I. Desmond 1B41200002.218.296.440.7363.0
T. Wolters C40000013.140.256.206.462-0.5
A. Senzatela P30000011.167.167.333.500-0.5
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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H. Musgrave P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for McGee in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Hanson (22)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (17), I. Desmond (10)
  • 3B - T. Story (5)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (15), N. Arenado (22)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (31), C. Blackmon 2 (38), N. Arenado 3 (63), T. Story (60), G. Parra (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (17), C. Blackmon (14), T. Story (36), G. Parra (7)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - I. Desmond (3)
FIELDING
  • E - P. Johnson
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Stratton (L, 8-6)5.211881324.931.44-8.5
P. Johnson1.11001205.751.252.0
C. Gearrin1.00000104.341.593.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Stratton (L, 8-6)5.2
P. Johnson1.1
C. Gearrin1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (W, 3-1)7.03000404.441.3230.0
M. Dunn0.12111009.002.35-4.0
J. McGee0.20000005.581.400.0
H. Musgrave1.01001004.441.231.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (W, 3-1)7.0
M. Dunn0.1
J. McGee0.2
H. Musgrave1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Stratton 104-75, P. Johnson 30-18, C. Gearrin 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Stratton 9-4, P. Johnson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Stratton 28, P. Johnson 7, C. Gearrin 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 95-62, M. Dunn 19-8, J. McGee 1-1, H. Musgrave 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 9-8, M. Dunn 1-0, J. McGee 1-0, H. Musgrave 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 24, M. Dunn 4, J. McGee, H. Musgrave 5
  • Balks - H. Musgrave
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Gearrin P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Belt 1B40200001.298.393.514.9062.0
B. Crawford SS40100002.311.374.498.8721.0
P. Sandoval 3B40000014.256.320.392.712-0.5
H. Pence RF30000101.206.261.245.5061.0
J. Panik 2B40000002.245.316.354.6700.0
G. Hernandez CF20000010.281.332.471.803-0.5
A. Jackson CF11100000.247.315.301.6162.0
C. Stratton P20000010.097.097.097.194-0.5
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  • a-grounded into a double play for Johnson in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B42110110.276.326.433.7595.5
C. Blackmon CF52321010.275.348.466.8149.5
N. Arenado 3B42231001.313.398.6051.00310.0
C. Gonzalez RF41100001.267.316.427.7422.0
T. Story SS40210020.277.342.523.8644.0
G. Parra LF30110101.305.345.423.7673.0
I. Desmond 1B41200002.218.296.440.7363.0
T. Wolters C40000013.140.256.206.462-0.5
A. Senzatela P30000011.167.167.333.500-0.5
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  • a-flied out for McGee in the 8th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Hanson (22)
BATTING
  • 2B - D. LeMahieu (17), I. Desmond (10)
  • 3B - T. Story (5)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (15), N. Arenado (22)
  • RBI - D. LeMahieu (31), C. Blackmon 2 (38), N. Arenado 3 (63), T. Story (60), G. Parra (38)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. LeMahieu (17), C. Blackmon (14), T. Story (36), G. Parra (7)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - I. Desmond (3)
FIELDING
  • E - P. Johnson
FIELDING
  • DP - (LeMahieu-Story-Desmond)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Stratton (L, 8-6)5.211881324.931.44-8.5
P. Johnson1.11001205.751.252.0
C. Gearrin1.00000104.341.593.5
Total8.01288262---
PITCHERSIP
C. Stratton (L, 8-6)5.2
P. Johnson1.1
C. Gearrin1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (W, 3-1)7.03000404.441.3230.0
M. Dunn0.12111009.002.35-4.0
J. McGee0.20000005.581.400.0
H. Musgrave1.01001004.441.231.0
Total9.0611240---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (W, 3-1)7.0
M. Dunn0.1
J. McGee0.2
H. Musgrave1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Stratton 104-75, P. Johnson 30-18, C. Gearrin 9-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Stratton 9-4, P. Johnson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Stratton 28, P. Johnson 7, C. Gearrin 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 95-62, M. Dunn 19-8, J. McGee 1-1, H. Musgrave 18-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 9-8, M. Dunn 1-0, J. McGee 1-0, H. Musgrave 2-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 24, M. Dunn 4, J. McGee, H. Musgrave 5
  • Balks - H. Musgrave
  • 8TH INNING
    Hanson singled to left, Jackson scored, Hundley to second18
  • 6TH INNING
    Blackmon singled to right, LeMahieu scored, Blackmon to second08
    LeMahieu doubled to right, Desmond scored07
  • 5TH INNING
    Arenado homered to center, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored06
  • 3RD INNING
    Story tripled to deep right, Gonzalez scored03
  • 1ST INNING
    Parra singled to right center, Arenado scored, Story to third02
    Blackmon homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Harrison Musgrave pitching
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Belt singled to right
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford flied out to center
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sandoval reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Belt out at second
    • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pence walked, Sandoval to second
    • J. Panik: Sandoval to third, Pence to second on balk, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Mike Dunn relieved Antonio Senzatela
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Jackson singled to right
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hundley walked, Jackson to second
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hanson singled to left, Jackson scored, Hundley to second
    • Jake McGee relieved Mike Dunn
    • Austin Slater hit for Pierce Johnson
    • A. Slater: Slater grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hanson out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cory Gearrin pitching
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Jake McGee
    • R. Tapia: Tapia flied out to left
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu lined out to left
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Crawford grounded out to first
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Foul, Sandoval flied out to deep left
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Pence fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Jackson in center field
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Parra walked
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond safe at first on Johnson fielding error, Parra to second
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hanson grounded out to second
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Belt lined out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Foul, Desmond doubled to deep right center
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second, Desmond to third
    • A. Senzatela: Senzatela grounded out to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Foul, LeMahieu doubled to right, Desmond scored
    • Nick Hundley catching
    • Pierce Johnson pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon singled to right, LeMahieu scored, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike looking, Panik grounded out to second
    • G. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • C. Stratton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stratton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon singled to left, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado homered to center, LeMahieu and Blackmon scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • T. Story: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Parra grounded out to second
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Foul, Ball, Belt singled to right center
    • B. Crawford: Crawford flied out to deep center
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Pence grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond singled to right
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Desmond caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Wolters grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Senzatela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Senzatela struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • C. Stratton: Ball, Strike looking, Stratton grounded out to second
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Posey grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Blackmon flied out to deep center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado flied out to deep right
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to right center
    • T. Story: Story tripled to deep right, Gonzalez scored
    • G. Parra: Parra flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pence grounded out to second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Panik flied out to deep right
    • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Wolters grounded out to first
    • A. Senzatela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Senzatela grounded out to pitcher
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • A. Hanson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hanson singled to right
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey flied out to deep center
    • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Belt lined out to left
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Crawford singled to shallow right, Hanson to third
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Ball, Sandoval popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stratton Pitching:
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon homered to center
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado singled to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Gonzalez lined out to left
    • T. Story: Story singled to left, Arenado to second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Parra singled to right center, Arenado scored, Story to third
    • I. Desmond: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Desmond grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)