Cuevas 3-run HR lifts Rockies to 5-1 win against Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) The biggest hit of Noel Cuevas' young major league career was supposed to be a sacrifice bunt.

The Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners were tied at 1 in the seventh inning Saturday, and the Rockies had two men on and one out when Cuevas came to the plate as the No. 9 hitter. He got the sign for a safety squeeze, but fouled off his first bunt attempt.

Instead, Cuevas hit the next pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer, giving the Rockies the lead in what would be a 5-1 win.

''I wasn't happy at that moment that I missed it. We were trying to get that run in,'' Cuevas said. ''Next pitch, I can't remember I just missed a bunt. I need to make sure I'm ready for that pitch and that was it.''

It was the second career home run for Cuevas, who was called up to the Rockies on April 22, and his first since May 14. The three RBI set a career high, and he tied his best mark with three hits in the game. He also had another sacrifice attempt turn into an infield hit to load the bases in the third inning.

Cuevas wasn't the only one at the bottom of Colorado's order to have a big day. The Rockies' No. 6-9 hitters combined to go 9 for 14 with five RBIs.

''All those guys, every one of their at-bats from pitch one, they were ready to hit,'' Colorado manager Bud Black said. ''That's what I saw, all of them.''

The Rockies won their fifth straight despite facing Seattle's best starter, James Paxton (8-3). Although Paxton was again overpowering at times, striking out nine, he lost for the second time in three starts. He allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings - marking the third time in four starts Paxton allowed at least that many runs and hits.

''I felt really good today. I had good stuff, I felt like I threw the ball well,'' he said. ''It was really good other than that one pitch.''

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Gonzalez. Segura's seventh homer tied the score in the fifth.

Reliever Scott Oberg (2-0) earned the win by throwing a perfect sixth inning, striking out two.

Colorado starter Kyle Freeland left after five innings, allowing one run and five hits. It was Freeland's shortest outing since going four innings on April 18 - he had pitched into the sixth inning or later in his previous 13 starts.

ROSTER MOVES

Rockies: Colorado recalled INF/OF Jordan Patterson and LHP Jerry Vasto from Triple-A Albuquerque, and C Tom Murphy - who returned to Denver on Friday to be with his wife, Lindsay, for the birth of their second child - was placed on the paternity list.

Mariners: Seattle recalled OF John Andreoli from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned RHP Nick Rumbelow to Tacoma. Andreoli started in left field Saturday and struck out twice before being replaced by Ben Gamel in the sixth.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 4 with AC joint inflammation. Colorado manager Bud Black said it was unclear how long Dunn might be out. ... SS Trevor Story was scratched from the starting lineup with a bruised right foot.

Mariners: Mitch Haniger was back in the starting lineup at right field after missing two games with a bruised right knee. ... 2B Dee Gordon was out of the starting lineup after hurting his hip on a play at the plate on Friday, but manager Scott Servais said it was just a day off and the injury wasn't serious. Gordon entered the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth and popped out to left field.

CANO TALKS

Before the game, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano talked with the media about his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement, saying it was the most difficult thing he's dealt with in his life outside of the death of his grandfather. Cano is eligible to return on August 14, but is ineligible for postseason play and Gordon has excelled defensively at second base in Cano's absence.

''I'm focused on bringing a title to Seattle so I would do whatever it takes to help this team to win,'' Cano said. ''At the same time I understand I'm not going to be able to play in the playoffs so you got to give a chance to Dee to go out and play because when we get to the playoffs he's going to have to come back and play second base.''

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 4.44 ERA) is making his second start after starting the year in the Colorado bullpen. In his first start on Tuesday against the Giants, Senzatela pitched seven scoreless innings.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (4-0, 3.19) will make his 13th start of the season. He allowed one run on three hits in seven innings his last time out against the Angels.

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SEA56-34
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  • W: S. Oberg (2-0)L: J. Paxton (8-3)
  • HR: COL - N. Cuevas (2), SEA - J. Segura (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. LeMahieu 2B50000015.274.321.431.752-0.5
C. Blackmon CF50000045.276.348.469.817-2.0
N. Arenado 3B40000023.306.389.587.976-1.0
I. Desmond 1B41100010.216.293.430.7233.5
C. Iannetta C40000031.239.345.409.754-1.5
C. Gonzalez DH41210000.274.320.436.7565.0
P. Valaika SS31200101.151.215.233.4484.0
G. Parra LF31210001.303.341.417.7584.0
N. Cuevas RF41331000.267.296.367.66310.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS41211010.333.361.475.8376.5
    M. Haniger RF20200200.273.358.494.8524.0
    N. Cruz DH40000024.268.356.551.906-1.0
    K. Seager 3B20200200.238.290.441.7314.0
    R. Healy 1B40000005.241.271.453.7250.0
    G. Heredia CF30100010.238.330.328.6580.5
    a- D. Span PH-CF10000001.267.354.425.7790.0
    J. Andreoli LF20000022.200.333.200.533-1.0
    b- B. Gamel PH-LF20000010.281.356.386.742-0.5
    D. Freitas C30000012.206.286.270.556-0.5
    c- D. Gordon PH10000000.282.302.348.6510.0
    A. Romine 2B30000010.205.253.218.471-0.5
    d- C. Herrmann PH10000000.217.357.348.7050.0
    • a-grounded into a double play for Heredia in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Andreoli in the 6th
    • c-flied out for Freitas in the 9th
    • d-grounded out for Romine in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Gonzalez (13)
    • HR - N. Cuevas (2)
    • SF - G. Parra (3)
    • RBI - C. Gonzalez (31), G. Parra (39), N. Cuevas 3 (8)
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Segura (7)
    • RBI - J. Segura (47)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - I. Desmond (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Valaika-LeMahieu-Desmond; LeMahieu-Valaika-Desmond)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland5.05114413.181.217.0
    S. Oberg (W, 2-0)1.00000203.041.1411.0
    A. Ottavino (H, 17)2.02000301.790.925.5
    W. Davis1.00000004.041.213.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland5.0
    S. Oberg (W, 2-0)1.0
    A. Ottavino (H, 17)2.0
    W. Davis1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton (L, 8-3)7.07441913.491.078.5
    C. Bradford1.00000102.651.033.5
    J. Nicasio1.03110106.091.35-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton (L, 8-3)7.0
    C. Bradford1.0
    J. Nicasio1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 98-56, S. Oberg 15-10, A. Ottavino 30-20, W. Davis 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 5-5, A. Ottavino 1-1, W. Davis 2-1
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 23, S. Oberg 3, A. Ottavino 7, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 98-75, C. Bradford 11-8, J. Nicasio 18-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-8, C. Bradford 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 29, C. Bradford 3, J. Nicasio 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    COL46-43
    0001003015100
    SEA56-34
    000010000170
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B50000015.274.321.431.752-0.5
    C. Blackmon CF50000045.276.348.469.817-2.0
    N. Arenado 3B40000023.306.389.587.976-1.0
    I. Desmond 1B41100010.216.293.430.7233.5
    C. Iannetta C40000031.239.345.409.754-1.5
    C. Gonzalez DH41210000.274.320.436.7565.0
    P. Valaika SS31200101.151.215.233.4484.0
    G. Parra LF31210001.303.341.417.7584.0
    N. Cuevas RF41331000.267.296.367.66310.0
    Total365105111116-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Segura SS41211010.333.361.475.8376.5
      M. Haniger RF20200200.273.358.494.8524.0
      N. Cruz DH40000024.268.356.551.906-1.0
      K. Seager 3B20200200.238.290.441.7314.0
      R. Healy 1B40000005.241.271.453.7250.0
      G. Heredia CF30100010.238.330.328.6580.5
      a- D. Span PH-CF10000001.267.354.425.7790.0
      J. Andreoli LF20000022.200.333.200.533-1.0
      b- B. Gamel PH-LF20000010.281.356.386.742-0.5
      D. Freitas C30000012.206.286.270.556-0.5
      c- D. Gordon PH10000000.282.302.348.6510.0
      A. Romine 2B30000010.205.253.218.471-0.5
      d- C. Herrmann PH10000000.217.357.348.7050.0
      Total3217114914-----
      HITTERSAB
      J. Segura SS4
      M. Haniger RF2
      N. Cruz DH4
      K. Seager 3B2
      R. Healy 1B4
      G. Heredia CF3
      a- D. Span PH-CF1
      J. Andreoli LF2
      b- B. Gamel PH-LF2
      D. Freitas C3
      c- D. Gordon PH1
      A. Romine 2B3
      d- C. Herrmann PH1
      Total32
      • a-grounded into a double play for Heredia in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Andreoli in the 6th
      • c-flied out for Freitas in the 9th
      • d-grounded out for Romine in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Gonzalez (13)
      • HR - N. Cuevas (2)
      • SF - G. Parra (3)
      • RBI - C. Gonzalez (31), G. Parra (39), N. Cuevas 3 (8)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Segura (7)
      • RBI - J. Segura (47)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - I. Desmond (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Valaika-LeMahieu-Desmond; LeMahieu-Valaika-Desmond)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland5.05114413.181.217.0
      S. Oberg (W, 2-0)1.00000203.041.1411.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 17)2.02000301.790.925.5
      W. Davis1.00000004.041.213.0
      Total9.0711491---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland5.0
      S. Oberg (W, 2-0)1.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 17)2.0
      W. Davis1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton (L, 8-3)7.07441913.491.078.5
      C. Bradford1.00000102.651.033.5
      J. Nicasio1.03110106.091.35-0.5
      Total9.010551111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton (L, 8-3)7.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      J. Nicasio1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 98-56, S. Oberg 15-10, A. Ottavino 30-20, W. Davis 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 5-5, A. Ottavino 1-1, W. Davis 2-1
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 23, S. Oberg 3, A. Ottavino 7, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 98-75, C. Bradford 11-8, J. Nicasio 18-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 4-8, C. Bradford 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 29, C. Bradford 3, J. Nicasio 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Parra hit sacrifice fly to left, Gonzalez scored51
      • 7TH INNING
        Cuevas homered to left center, Valaika and Parra scored41
      • 5TH INNING
        Segura homered to left11
      • 4TH INNING
        Gonzalez singled to center, Desmond scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Juan Nicasio relieved Chasen Bradford
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez doubled to deep center
        • P. Valaika: Valaika singled to center, Gonzalez to third
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra hit sacrifice fly to left, Gonzalez scored
        • N. Cuevas: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cuevas singled to center, Valaika to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gamel grounded out to first
        • Dee Gordon hit for David Freitas
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to left
        • Chris Herrmann hit for Andrew Romine
        • C. Herrmann: Ball, Herrmann grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chasen Bradford relieved James Paxton
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Arenado popped out to first
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Ottavino Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Seager singled to center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy fouled out to first
        • Denard Span hit for Guillermo Heredia
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Span grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Seager out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valaika walked
        • G. Parra: Parra singled to right, Valaika to third
        • N. Cuevas: Foul, Cuevas homered to left center, Valaika and Parra scored
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu flied out to deep center
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Ottavino relieved Scott Oberg
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Romine struck out looking
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Haniger singled to center
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Cruz struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Arenado struck out looking
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
        • C. Iannetta: Iannetta grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Scott Oberg relieved Kyle Freeland
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • Ben Gamel hit for John Andreoli
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • D. Freitas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Freitas lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • N. Cuevas: Strike (foul tip), Cuevas fouled out to catcher
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to center
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine lined out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Segura homered to left
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haniger walked
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to center
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Seager singled to right center, Haniger to third
        • R. Healy: Healy flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Desmond singled to left
        • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
        • C. Gonzalez: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Desmond stole second, Gonzalez singled to center, Desmond scored
        • P. Valaika: Valaika flied out to right
        • G. Parra: Parra lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Seager walked
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Healy grounded out to shortstop, Seager to second
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Heredia singled to right, Seager to third
        • J. Andreoli: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Andreoli struck out looking
        • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Freitas popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Valaika singled to right center
        • G. Parra: Ball, Strike looking, Parra singled to left, Valaika to second
        • N. Cuevas: Cuevas reached on bunt single to pitcher, Valaika to third, Parra to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to shallow center
        • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Romine grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Segura singled to shallow right
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked, Segura to second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Cruz grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Haniger out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond grounded out to first
        • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Iannetta struck out looking
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Heredia flied out to center
        • J. Andreoli: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Andreoli struck out swinging
        • D. Freitas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Freitas struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu flied out to center
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Arenado grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Foul, Segura grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger singled to center
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Seager walked, Haniger to second
        • R. Healy: Healy grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Haniger out at third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)