Arenado's 30th HR helps Rockies over Verlander, Astros 5-1

HOUSTON (AP) Nolan Arenado hated his first career appearance at designated hitter Tuesday night.

However, the Colorado slugger couldn't be mad at his results at the plate.

Arenado and Trevor Story each went deep, German Marquez pitched well in a clash with Justin Verlander, and the Rockies beat the slumping Houston Astros 5-1.

Colorado trailed by 1 and Verlander (11-8) had retired 13 of 14 when DJ LeMahieu singled with two outs in the sixth inning. Arenado then smacked a 96 mph fastball into the third row in right field for his 30th homer to put Colorado up 2-1.

Arenado, who has spent his entire six-year career playing in the National League with Colorado, had made each his 825 career appearances at third base entering Tuesday's game.

''It was awful,'' he said of not playing defense. ''I didn't like it. I hope I never have to DH.''

His work at the plate made him the fourth player in franchise history to hit at least 30 homers in four straight years. Arenado didn't think it was gone when he hit it and had to wait for the crowd's reaction to know for sure.

''It got caught in the lights and then I heard the crowd go: `oh' and that's when I knew it was still going,'' he said. ''I just tried to stay on top of the ball.''

Houston has matched a season high with five straight losses and extended its home skid to nine games, its longest of the season.

Oakland beat Seattle later Tuesday to move within a game of Houston in the AL West. The Astros have been in first place since June 14 and led the division by six games in late July.

''You feel like nothing's going your way and you're a little snake-bitten,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We're going to have to do more, obviously, and it's a challenge for me and our coaching staff to get more out of these guys to have a little bit more fun, a little bit more life. This is a very, very tough game and we're getting beat up, mentally and physically.''

The Rockies have won four in a row after losing the previous three and improved to 12-5 against the AL this season to set a franchise record for interleague victories.

Collin McHugh took over from Verlander for the seventh and hit Ryan McMahon with a pitch. Tony Wolters lined a double to right field with one out to score McMahon and push the lead to 3-1.

Story, who had two hits, made it 4-1 when he connected off Brad Peacock on his 25th home run with two outs in the eighth inning.

Ian Desmond tripled and scored on a single by Charlie Blackmon to extend the lead in the ninth.

Marquez (10-9) allowed just three hits and a run while fanning seven in seven innings.

Verlander was denied his 200th win again as he dropped his second straight despite striking out 11 in six innings, allowing six hits and two runs.

After being swept in a four-game series against the Mariners this weekend, Houston's woes continued against the Rockies after a day off Monday. The top three batters in the order went 0 for 11 on a night the Astros managed just three hits as they look for a way to jumpstart their once-powerful offense with reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve out indefinitely with a sore knee.

Marquez walked two Astros and plunked Yuli Gurriel in the first four innings, but Houston didn't get a hit until Gurriel tripled on a ball to right-center field to start the fifth. Josh Reddick followed with a liner to right to put the Astros up 1-0.

The Astros had a chance to add on in the eighth when Marwin Gonzalez doubled with no outs. Reddick reached on catcher's interference with one out, but Marquez retired the next two batters to end the threat and his night.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF George Springer (sprained left thumb) went through a full workout Tuesday and should be able to come of the disabled list when he's eligible on Friday. ... Altuve, who has been out since July 25, has been running on the treadmill and is expected to begin hitting soon. Manager A.J. Hinch said there still isn't a timetable for his return. ... RHP Lance McCullers (right elbow discomfort) began playing catch Tuesday in the first step toward his return. ... C Brian McCann, who has been out since June 30 with a knee injury which required surgery, will begin an extended rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Fresno on Thursday.

MILESTONE VICTORY

The win was the 800th in manager Bud Black's career.

UP NEXT

Houston's Gerrit Cole (10-5, 2.75 ERA) opposes Colorado left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-4, 3.94) when this series wraps Wednesday night. Cole looks to bounce back after losing his third straight start by giving up six hits and four runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Seattle on Friday.

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  • W: G. Marquez (10-9)L: J. Verlander (11-8)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (30), T. Story (25)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF50110021.275.344.474.8181.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50200001.274.321.419.7402.0
C. Gonzalez RF51100013.289.343.496.8391.5
N. Arenado DH41121111.306.390.588.9777.5
T. Story SS51211023.290.347.552.8996.0
G. Parra LF40200021.287.339.382.7211.0
R. McMahon 1B-3B31000032.235.325.402.7260.5
P. Valaika 3B30100022.152.215.241.4560.0
I. Desmond 1B11100000.233.305.435.7404.0
T. Wolters C40110022.158.280.263.5432.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Kemp CF40000011.282.370.414.784-0.5
    M. Stassi C00000000.244.327.428.7550.0
    A. Bregman 3B30000111.278.383.512.8950.5
    C. Correa SS40000022.257.343.458.801-1.0
    M. Gonzalez 2B-LF40100011.243.324.387.7111.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B-2B31100001.281.311.395.7065.0
    J. Reddick RF30110021.250.320.413.7331.0
    E. Gattis DH30000014.234.293.470.763-0.5
    K. Tucker LF-CF20000103.140.246.200.4461.0
    M. Maldonado C20000012.214.274.321.595-0.5
    a- T. White PH-1B00000100.274.384.548.9321.0
    • a-walked for Maldonado in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Wolters (2)
    • 3B - I. Desmond (6)
    • HR - N. Arenado (30), T. Story (25)
    • RBI - C. Blackmon (51), N. Arenado 2 (84), T. Story (82), T. Wolters (19)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (27), T. Story (44)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, N. Arenado, T. Story 3 (3), G. Parra, R. McMahon, P. Valaika, T. Wolters
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Gonzalez (17)
    • 3B - Y. Gurriel
    • RBI - J. Reddick (39)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa, M. Gonzalez, K. Tucker 2 (2), M. Maldonado
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Story-LeMahieu-McMahon; LeMahieu-McMahon)
    • E - T. Wolters (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Marquez (W, 10-9)7.03112704.511.3428.5
    A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.00001101.700.962.5
    W. Davis1.00000105.291.243.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Marquez (W, 10-9)7.0
    A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.0
    W. Davis1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (L, 11-8)6.062201112.520.9113.5
    C. McHugh0.11110101.140.72-1.5
    T. Sipp0.10000001.501.070.0
    B. Peacock1.12110212.941.001.0
    W. Harris1.03111104.571.27-1.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (L, 11-8)6.0
    C. McHugh0.1
    T. Sipp0.1
    B. Peacock1.1
    W. Harris1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Marquez 2 (6)
    • HBP - G. Marquez (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 104-64, A. Ottavino 12-6, W. Davis 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 6-6, W. Davis 1-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 26, A. Ottavino 4, W. Davis 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. McHugh (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-75, C. McHugh 13-8, T. Sipp 1-1, B. Peacock 26-18, W. Harris 20-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 2-5, B. Peacock 2-0, W. Harris 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, C. McHugh 3, T. Sipp, B. Peacock 6, W. Harris 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF50110021.275.344.474.8181.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B50200001.274.321.419.7402.0
    C. Gonzalez RF51100013.289.343.496.8391.5
    N. Arenado DH41121111.306.390.588.9777.5
    T. Story SS51211023.290.347.552.8996.0
    G. Parra LF40200021.287.339.382.7211.0
    R. McMahon 1B-3B31000032.235.325.402.7260.5
    P. Valaika 3B30100022.152.215.241.4560.0
    I. Desmond 1B11100000.233.305.435.7404.0
    T. Wolters C40110022.158.280.263.5432.0
    Total395125211516-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Kemp CF40000011.282.370.414.784-0.5
      M. Stassi C00000000.244.327.428.7550.0
      A. Bregman 3B30000111.278.383.512.8950.5
      C. Correa SS40000022.257.343.458.801-1.0
      M. Gonzalez 2B-LF40100011.243.324.387.7111.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B-2B31100001.281.311.395.7065.0
      J. Reddick RF30110021.250.320.413.7331.0
      E. Gattis DH30000014.234.293.470.763-0.5
      K. Tucker LF-CF20000103.140.246.200.4461.0
      M. Maldonado C20000012.214.274.321.595-0.5
      a- T. White PH-1B00000100.274.384.548.9321.0
      Total2813103916-----
      HITTERSAB
      T. Kemp CF4
      M. Stassi C0
      A. Bregman 3B3
      C. Correa SS4
      M. Gonzalez 2B-LF4
      Y. Gurriel 1B-2B3
      J. Reddick RF3
      E. Gattis DH3
      K. Tucker LF-CF2
      M. Maldonado C2
      a- T. White PH-1B0
      Total28
      • a-walked for Maldonado in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Wolters (2)
      • 3B - I. Desmond (6)
      • HR - N. Arenado (30), T. Story (25)
      • RBI - C. Blackmon (51), N. Arenado 2 (84), T. Story (82), T. Wolters (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (27), T. Story (44)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. LeMahieu, N. Arenado, T. Story 3 (3), G. Parra, R. McMahon, P. Valaika, T. Wolters
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Gonzalez (17)
      • 3B - Y. Gurriel
      • RBI - J. Reddick (39)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa, M. Gonzalez, K. Tucker 2 (2), M. Maldonado
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Story-LeMahieu-McMahon; LeMahieu-McMahon)
      • E - T. Wolters (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Marquez (W, 10-9)7.03112704.511.3428.5
      A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.00001101.700.962.5
      W. Davis1.00000105.291.243.5
      Total9.0311390---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Marquez (W, 10-9)7.0
      A. Ottavino (H, 25)1.0
      W. Davis1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (L, 11-8)6.062201112.520.9113.5
      C. McHugh0.11110101.140.72-1.5
      T. Sipp0.10000001.501.070.0
      B. Peacock1.12110212.941.001.0
      W. Harris1.03111104.571.27-1.5
      Total9.012551152---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (L, 11-8)6.0
      C. McHugh0.1
      T. Sipp0.1
      B. Peacock1.1
      W. Harris1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Marquez 2 (6)
      • HBP - G. Marquez (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 104-64, A. Ottavino 12-6, W. Davis 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 6-6, W. Davis 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 26, A. Ottavino 4, W. Davis 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. McHugh (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 107-75, C. McHugh 13-8, T. Sipp 1-1, B. Peacock 26-18, W. Harris 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 2-5, B. Peacock 2-0, W. Harris 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 24, C. McHugh 3, T. Sipp, B. Peacock 6, W. Harris 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Blackmon singled to left center, Desmond scored51
      • 8TH INNING
        Story homered to left41
      • 7TH INNING
        Wolters doubled to deep right, McMahon scored31
      • 6TH INNING
        Arenado homered to right, Gonzalez scored21
      • 5TH INNING
        Reddick singled to right, Gurriel scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Brad Peacock
        • Max Stassi catching
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Desmond tripled to deep center
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon singled to left center, Desmond scored
        • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu reached on an infield single to first, Blackmon to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Blackmon out at third, LeMahieu to second
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked, LeMahieu to third, Gonzalez to second
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wade Davis relieved Adam Ottavino
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Story homered to left
        • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Parra singled to left
        • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McMahon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Ottavino relieved German Marquez
        • Tyler White hit for Martin Maldonado
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, White walked
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman lined out to left
        • Ca. Correa: Ball, Correa popped out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Collin McHugh relieved Justin Verlander
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, McMahon hit by pitch
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Wolters doubled to deep right, McMahon scored
        • Tony Sipp relieved Collin McHugh
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to left
        • Brad Peacock relieved Tony Sipp
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ian Desmond at first base
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez doubled to deep left
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reddick reached on catcher's interference
        • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to center
        • K. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to center
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado homered to right, Gonzalez scored
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story singled to center
        • G. Parra: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp flied out to center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • Ca. Correa: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Correa flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Valaika singled to center
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Wolters struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel tripled to deep right center
        • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to right, Gurriel scored
        • E. Gattis: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging, Reddick to second on wild pitch
        • K. Tucker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tucker flied out to deep center, Reddick to third
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to center
        • N. Arenado: Arenado lined out to right
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman popped out to shortstop
        • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Wolters struck out on foul tip
        • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, LeMahieu lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tucker walked
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Maldonado grounded into double play second to first, Tucker out at second
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Kemp flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Story flied out to center
        • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • R. McMahon: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel hit by pitch
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gurriel out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to center
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gonzalez struck out looking
        • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Marquez Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • Ca. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bregman to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)