Arenado homers again in Rockies' 4-1 win over Athletics

DENVER (AP) A slow start behind him, Carlos Gonzalez has come on to play a central role in the Colorado Rockies' mid-season surge.

Gonzalez matched a career high with three doubles, Nolan Arenado homered for the second time in two games, and the Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Saturday night for their 10th win in 12 games.

''He's hitting the ball to all fields,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said of Gonzalez, who is batting .356 in July, hitting safely in 16 of 19 games. ''The swing is aggressive. You can say right now that this is vintage CarGo. Let's continue that. Let's ride it out. He's in a good spot.''

Gonzalez, who struggled at the plate for much of the season's first half, said he has fed off the success of the teammates.

''I think that's been the key for me,'' Gonzalez said. ''I have really good hitters around me and all I'm trying to do is have a quality at-bat and get on base for the guys and whenever there is a situation for me to take advantage of, to try to come through.''

Antonio Senzatela (4-3) shook off a first-inning run to pitch effectively into the sixth of a game that was delayed 51 minutes at the start because of a storm cell that was moving through the greater Denver area.

Pat Valaika, in a spot start for the utilityman, homered and singled to drive in two runs. Tom Murphy added a run-scoring triple for the Rockies, who beat the A's on successive nights to ensure the victory in the three-game interleague set.

Oakland lost back-to-back games for the first time since dropping four straight in mid-June and had its 11-series (10-0-1) unbeaten string snapped. The A's have been held to one run in each of their losses to the Rockies.

''We left nine guys on, (Friday) night it was 11,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''The middle of our order usually does some damage and we just didn't these two games. So just move to the next game again.''

Senzatela allowed one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four. Wade Davis got three outs for his 29th save.

Brett Anderson (2-3) allowed four runs on eight hits in losing for the first time in four starts since being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list on July 8. A right shoulder strain kept him on the DL for nearly two months.

''It's kind of a weird start in that the pitches I made were either really good or really terrible. There was no kind of in-between,'' Anderson said. ''Usually in a start, you kind of get those borderline pitches; they're kind of where you want to but have good action or vice versa. It seemed like I threw a really good pitch with the action I wanted to or it was just right down the middle. Didn't have that break; it sometimes happens at Coors Field.''

Down 1-0 early, the Rockies took command with a pair of runs in the second on Murphy's RBI triple and a run-scoring single by Valaika.

Arenado made it 3-1 in the third when he connected for his NL-leading 27th home run of the season, driving a 3-2 offering from Anderson into the seats above the right-field scoreboard.

Valaika also connected off Anderson for a solo shot in the fourth.

The Athletics scored in the first inning after a replay review showed that Nick Martini slid into the plate just ahead of right fielder Gonzalez's throw home on Khris Davis' sacrifice fly. He was initially ruled out on the bang-bang play.

RELIEF HELP

Right-handed reliever Seunghwan Oh formally joined the Rockies after travel issues delayed his arrival by a day. He was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays and added to the roster earlier in the day after LHP Sam Howard was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. He made his Colorado debut with a scoreless seventh inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis pitched four innings in his second rehab start Saturday night for Albuquerque. Bettis, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since July 3 with a blister on his right middle finger, allowed two runs on six hits.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (5-2, 3.54 ERA) will face Colorado for the first time in his career Sunday. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two previous interleague starts this season.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (8-8, 5.00 ERA) was reinstated Friday from the paternity list and is set to make his 21st start of the season in Sunday's series finale against the Athletics. He's 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA over his last four starts.

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  • W: A. Senzatela (4-3)L: B. Anderson (2-3)S: W. Davis (29)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (27), P. Valaika (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Chapman 3B30200100.272.364.477.8414.0
J. Lowrie 2B30000124.277.359.478.8370.0
K. Davis LF30010014.249.324.531.8550.5
M. Olson 1B30000122.229.322.438.7590.0
S. Piscotty RF30000102.260.321.457.7781.0
M. Semien SS30000120.254.314.369.6830.0
J. Phegley C40200022.240.286.440.7262.0
B. Anderson P20000002.250.250.250.5000.0
a- D. Fowler PH10000000.231.260.368.6290.0
Y. Petit P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Hatcher P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Canha PH10000000.256.332.456.7880.0
  • a-lined out for Anderson in the 7th
  • b-popped out for Hatcher in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF50100004.289.360.505.8652.0
I. Desmond 1B40100021.242.309.461.7700.0
N. Arenado 3B21111201.309.393.599.9928.0
T. Story SS40100003.287.351.538.8902.0
C. Gonzalez RF41300001.290.337.500.8377.0
T. Murphy C41110002.284.304.463.7675.0
N. Cuevas LF30000001.243.280.331.6110.0
a- G. Parra PH-LF00000100.286.340.390.7291.0
P. Valaika 2B41221002.152.222.253.4758.0
A. Senzatela P10000000.111.111.222.3330.0
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Hampson PH10000000.235.350.412.7620.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Iannetta PH00000100.222.330.374.7041.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-was walked intentionally for Cuevas in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Oh in the 7th
  • c-walked for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Martini (4), M. Chapman (20), J. Phegley (4)
  • SF - K. Davis (5)
  • RBI - K. Davis (79)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (17), T. Story (28), C. Gonzalez 3 (20)
  • 3B - T. Murphy
  • HR - N. Arenado (27), P. Valaika (2)
  • SH - A. Senzatela (2)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (75), T. Murphy (9), P. Valaika 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Senzatela-Story-Valaika)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson (L, 2-3)6.08441125.551.680.5
Y. Petit1.01001103.381.081.5
C. Hatcher1.01002004.241.650.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson (L, 2-3)6.0
Y. Petit1.0
C. Hatcher1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (W, 4-3)5.25114605.011.3515.0
J. McGee (H, 13)0.10000105.911.460.5
S. Oh (H, 14)1.01001002.631.021.0
A. Ottavino (H, 22)1.00000201.430.874.0
W. Davis (S, 29)1.00000104.401.1910.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (W, 4-3)5.2
J. McGee (H, 13)0.1
S. Oh (H, 14)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 22)1.0
W. Davis (S, 29)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - Y. Petit (3), C. Hatcher
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 87-57, Y. Petit 13-9, C. Hatcher 14-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 10-6, Y. Petit 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 26, Y. Petit 5, C. Hatcher 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 110-63, J. McGee 4-3, S. Oh 22-15, A. Ottavino 9-8, W. Davis 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 4-6, W. Davis 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 25, J. McGee, S. Oh 5, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Martini CF51200010.344.462.531.9933.5
M. Chapman 3B30200100.272.364.477.8414.0
J. Lowrie 2B30000124.277.359.478.8370.0
K. Davis LF30010014.249.324.531.8550.5
M. Olson 1B30000122.229.322.438.7590.0
S. Piscotty RF30000102.260.321.457.7781.0
M. Semien SS30000120.254.314.369.6830.0
J. Phegley C40200022.240.286.440.7262.0
B. Anderson P20000002.250.250.250.5000.0
a- D. Fowler PH10000000.231.260.368.6290.0
Y. Petit P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Hatcher P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Canha PH10000000.256.332.456.7880.0
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  • a-lined out for Anderson in the 7th
  • b-popped out for Hatcher in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF50100004.289.360.505.8652.0
I. Desmond 1B40100021.242.309.461.7700.0
N. Arenado 3B21111201.309.393.599.9928.0
T. Story SS40100003.287.351.538.8902.0
C. Gonzalez RF41300001.290.337.500.8377.0
T. Murphy C41110002.284.304.463.7675.0
N. Cuevas LF30000001.243.280.331.6110.0
a- G. Parra PH-LF00000100.286.340.390.7291.0
P. Valaika 2B41221002.152.222.253.4758.0
A. Senzatela P10000000.111.111.222.3330.0
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- G. Hampson PH10000000.235.350.412.7620.0
A. Ottavino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- C. Iannetta PH00000100.222.330.374.7041.0
W. Davis P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-was walked intentionally for Cuevas in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Oh in the 7th
  • c-walked for Ottavino in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Martini (4), M. Chapman (20), J. Phegley (4)
  • SF - K. Davis (5)
  • RBI - K. Davis (79)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (17), T. Story (28), C. Gonzalez 3 (20)
  • 3B - T. Murphy
  • HR - N. Arenado (27), P. Valaika (2)
  • SH - A. Senzatela (2)
  • RBI - N. Arenado (75), T. Murphy (9), P. Valaika 2 (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Senzatela-Story-Valaika)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson (L, 2-3)6.08441125.551.680.5
Y. Petit1.01001103.381.081.5
C. Hatcher1.01002004.241.650.0
Total8.01044422---
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson (L, 2-3)6.0
Y. Petit1.0
C. Hatcher1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (W, 4-3)5.25114605.011.3515.0
J. McGee (H, 13)0.10000105.911.460.5
S. Oh (H, 14)1.01001002.631.021.0
A. Ottavino (H, 22)1.00000201.430.874.0
W. Davis (S, 29)1.00000104.401.1910.5
Total9.06115100---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (W, 4-3)5.2
J. McGee (H, 13)0.1
S. Oh (H, 14)1.0
A. Ottavino (H, 22)1.0
W. Davis (S, 29)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - Y. Petit (3), C. Hatcher
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 87-57, Y. Petit 13-9, C. Hatcher 14-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 10-6, Y. Petit 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 26, Y. Petit 5, C. Hatcher 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 110-63, J. McGee 4-3, S. Oh 22-15, A. Ottavino 9-8, W. Davis 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 4-6, W. Davis 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 25, J. McGee, S. Oh 5, A. Ottavino 3, W. Davis 3
  • 4TH INNING
    Valaika homered to left14
  • 3RD INNING
    Arenado homered to right13
  • 2ND INNING
    Valaika singled to deep center, Murphy scored12
    Murphy tripled to left center, Gonzalez scored11
  • 1ST INNING
    Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Martini scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Wade Davis pitching
    • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
    • Mark Canha hit for Chris Hatcher
    • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Canha popped out to first
    • N. Martini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Martini grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Ottavino pitching
    • M. Olson: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty popped out to second
    • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Hatcher relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez doubled to left center
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy flied out to center
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Noel Cuevas
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra intentionally walked
    • P. Valaika: Valaika popped out to first
    • Chris Iannetta hit for Adam Ottavino
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iannetta walked, Gonzalez to third, Parra to second
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Jake McGee
    • Dustin Fowler hit for Brett Anderson
    • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Fowler lined out to right
    • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini singled to right
    • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked, Martini to second
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowrie lined out to center
    • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Yusmeiro Petit pitching
    • Garrett Hampson hit for Seung-Hwan Oh
    • G. Hampson: Hampson grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon doubled to deep left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Arenado intentionally walked
    • T. Story: Story lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
    • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked, Piscotty to second
    • J. Phegley: Ball
    • Phegley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy popped out to first
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Cuevas grounded out to second
    • P. Valaika: Valaika flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • N. Martini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martini grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Chapman: Chapman flied out to deep center
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Desmond out at second
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Story doubled to left center
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to center
    • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
    • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Phegley doubled to deep right center
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Anderson grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas flied out to deep center
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Valaika homered to left
    • A. Senzatela: Strike looking, Ball, Senzatela grounded out to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon lined out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martini struck out looking
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman doubled to deep right center
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to right
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Olson popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado homered to right
    • T. Story: Foul, Story grounded out to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to deep right center
    • T. Murphy: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Murphy grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Phegley reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Strike looking, Anderson grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to second, Phegley out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez doubled to left center
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Murphy tripled to left center, Gonzalez scored
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas grounded out to second
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Valaika singled to deep center, Murphy scored
    • A. Senzatela: Senzatela hit sacrifice bunt to third, Valaika to second
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • N. Martini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martini doubled to left center
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman singled to right, Martini to third
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
    • K. Davis: Foul, Davis hit sacrifice fly to right, Martini scored
    • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked, Chapman to second
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Piscotty lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon lined out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Desmond grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Story flied out to deep left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)