Villar, Nunez homer as Orioles beat Rockies 9-6.

DENVER (AP) Andrew Cashner tried to give the tired Baltimore bullpen a breather, but fatigue ended his night early. Josh Lucas rescued him and his fellow Orioles relievers with a strong performance in a tough environment.

Lucas threw three shutout innings for his first career save and was backed by homers from Jonathan Villar and Renato Nunez in Baltimore's 9-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

Villar and Nunez both finished with three hits and Pedro Severino had four hits to help the Orioles end a seven-game skid and overcome Nolan Arenado's big night. Nunez has homered in four straight games.

''The biggest thing tonight was Josh Lucas and how he did coming out of the bullpen,'' said Cashner, who came into Saturday 0-2 with a 7.94 in five career starts in Denver. ''Three innings, his first save in the big leagues.''

Lucas came through on a night Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said only three relievers were available because of the amount of innings the bullpen has thrown of late. Miguel Castro gave up a solo home run in his lone inning but Lucas shut the door to help Cashner (5-2) get a rare win at Coors Field.

Lucas gave up a hit and walked one.

''Trying to pound the zone, trying to give the guys a rest,'' he said. ''They've been taxed heavily this last week. Trying to eat innings.''

Arenado had three hits, including his 200th career home run, and drove in the first five runs for Colorado. Chris Iannetta also homered for the Rockies.

Rockies starter Kyle Freeland (2-6) failed to pitch beyond the fourth inning for the second straight game and continued his rough start to the season. He won 17 games in 2018 but after starting this year with a win on opening day he is 1-6 and hasn't recorded a victory in more than five weeks.

Things started badly for the left-hander. Baltimore scored twice in the first and led 3-1 after Nunez's solo homer in the third. After Arenado's three-run shot in the bottom of the third gave Colorado a 4-3 lead, Villar answered with a three-run homer of his own on a full count to put the Orioles ahead 7-4 in the fourth.

''He's just not making a critical pitch at critical times,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said of Freeland ''The backbreaker, the crusher, was the three-run homer. The 3-2 pitch was a breaking ball, Villar stayed back enough, got it airborne and hit it out.''

Arenado continued his hot stretch in May. He didn't hit his first home run this season until April 14, in Colorado's 12th game, but he has hit eight this month, including two Friday night, to give him a team-high 14.

''I feel real good. I'm slowing the game down and slowing my body down,'' said Arenado, who raised his average to .333. ''I'm putting together quality at-bats. I am trying to think too much into it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Charlie Blackmon was out of the lineup for the second straight game with a calf strain but Black said the outfielder is making progress. ''He went through some activity in the training room and weight room and our trainers are encouraged,'' Black said. ''No timetable but we're all encouraged that Charlie's feeling better and his activity level stepped up (Saturday).''

CELEBRATING GOOD TIMES

The Orioles had lost 12 of 14 with half of those losses by two or fewer runs so getting a rare win was a reason to celebrate despite the 16-36 record.

''I want the guys to enjoy every win because it's so hard to do,'' Hyde said. ''It's hard to win in the big leagues, period, so I want the guys to enjoy it.''

The dugout didn't relax until Trevor Story grounded out to end the game.

''Man, here in Colorado there's never enough runs,'' Cashner said. ''Even if you have 15 runs on the board. I've seen them score nine runs with two outs before. There's never enough runs in this ballpark.''

UP NEXT

Baltimore RHP David Hess (1-6, 6.75) is looking for his first win since April 1st when he goes against Rockies righty German Marquez (5-2, 3.38) in the final of the three-game series on Sunday.

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BAL16-36
2014002009170
COL23-27
1030110006100
  • W: A. Cashner (5-2)L: K. Freeland (2-6)S: J. Lucas (1)
  • HR: BAL - J. Villar (6), R. Nunez (12), COL - C. Iannetta (3), N. Arenado (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Alberto 3B51110000.301.312.398.7103.0
J. Villar 2B52331010.251.303.408.71011.5
T. Mancini RF41200112.304.354.546.9004.5
R. Nunez 1B52321002.238.289.475.76410.0
R. Ruiz 1B00000000.240.322.351.6720.0
P. Severino C51410000.276.357.494.8516.0
K. Broxton CF40100125.175.242.246.4881.0
S. Wilkerson LF40110114.245.287.441.7281.5
R. Martin SS41100024.171.230.276.5061.0
A. Cashner P31000002.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Castro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Smith PH10110000.274.315.489.8052.0
J. Lucas P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Castro in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Tapia LF50100010.283.322.507.8290.5
T. Story SS53200011.277.345.519.8645.5
D. Dahl RF41200002.308.352.486.8393.0
N. Arenado 3B41351001.333.377.6321.00913.0
D. Murphy 1B40000002.207.271.402.6730.0
R. McMahon 2B40000010.250.336.414.750-0.5
I. Desmond CF30000130.221.296.421.717-0.5
C. Iannetta C41211001.250.344.518.8628.0
K. Freeland P20000021.100.250.100.350-1.0
C. Bettis P0000-000.000.200.000.000-
a- B. Rodgers PH10000000.318.318.364.6820.0
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Reynolds PH10000010.193.305.386.691-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Bettis in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Estevez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Villar (13), T. Mancini (17)
  • HR - J. Villar (6), R. Nunez (12)
  • RBI - H. Alberto (14), J. Villar 3 (23), R. Nunez 2 (28), P. Severino (12), S. Wilkerson (14), D. Smith (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto (9), J. Villar 3 (8), R. Nunez 2 (8), P. Severino (4), D. Smith (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Nunez 2 (2), S. Wilkerson 2 (2), R. Martin
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (9), N. Arenado (14), C. Iannetta (6)
  • HR - N. Arenado (14), C. Iannetta (3)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 5 (42), C. Iannetta (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 5 (11), C. Iannetta
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, D. Murphy 2 (2), C. Iannetta, K. Freeland
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Wilkerson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-McMahon-Murphy; Arenado-McMahon-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cashner (W, 5-2)5.08550514.551.3311.5
M. Castro (H, 2)1.01110217.401.642.0
J. Lucas (S, 1)3.01001203.481.0615.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Cashner (W, 5-2)5.0
M. Castro (H, 2)1.0
J. Lucas (S, 1)3.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 2-6)4.010771226.711.53-10.0
C. Bettis2.01000405.161.627.0
S. Oh0.122211010.572.09-4.5
J. McGee1.23000000.001.380.0
C. Estevez1.01001004.561.481.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 2-6)4.0
C. Bettis2.0
S. Oh0.1
J. McGee1.2
C. Estevez1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 91-57, M. Castro 14-11, J. Lucas 45-30
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 6-4, M. Castro 1-0, J. Lucas 6-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 23, M. Castro 4, J. Lucas 11
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 67-49, C. Bettis 37-24, S. Oh 19-11, J. McGee 22-14, C. Estevez 14-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 6-3, C. Bettis 2-0, J. McGee 3-1, C. Estevez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 22, C. Bettis 7, S. Oh 4, J. McGee 7, C. Estevez 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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BAL16-36
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1030110006100
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
H. Alberto 3B51110000.301.312.398.7103.0
J. Villar 2B52331010.251.303.408.71011.5
T. Mancini RF41200112.304.354.546.9004.5
R. Nunez 1B52321002.238.289.475.76410.0
R. Ruiz 1B00000000.240.322.351.6720.0
P. Severino C51410000.276.357.494.8516.0
K. Broxton CF40100125.175.242.246.4881.0
S. Wilkerson LF40110114.245.287.441.7281.5
R. Martin SS41100024.171.230.276.5061.0
A. Cashner P31000002.000.000.000.0001.0
M. Castro P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- D. Smith PH10110000.274.315.489.8052.0
J. Lucas P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-singled for Castro in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Tapia LF50100010.283.322.507.8290.5
T. Story SS53200011.277.345.519.8645.5
D. Dahl RF41200002.308.352.486.8393.0
N. Arenado 3B41351001.333.377.6321.00913.0
D. Murphy 1B40000002.207.271.402.6730.0
R. McMahon 2B40000010.250.336.414.750-0.5
I. Desmond CF30000130.221.296.421.717-0.5
C. Iannetta C41211001.250.344.518.8628.0
K. Freeland P20000021.100.250.100.350-1.0
C. Bettis P0000-000.000.200.000.000-
a- B. Rodgers PH10000000.318.318.364.6820.0
S. Oh P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Reynolds PH10000010.193.305.386.691-0.5
Total3761062198-----
  • a-grounded out for Bettis in the 6th
  • b-struck out for Estevez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Villar (13), T. Mancini (17)
  • HR - J. Villar (6), R. Nunez (12)
  • RBI - H. Alberto (14), J. Villar 3 (23), R. Nunez 2 (28), P. Severino (12), S. Wilkerson (14), D. Smith (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Alberto (9), J. Villar 3 (8), R. Nunez 2 (8), P. Severino (4), D. Smith (9)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Nunez 2 (2), S. Wilkerson 2 (2), R. Martin
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story (9), N. Arenado (14), C. Iannetta (6)
  • HR - N. Arenado (14), C. Iannetta (3)
  • RBI - N. Arenado 5 (42), C. Iannetta (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 5 (11), C. Iannetta
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Arenado, D. Murphy 2 (2), C. Iannetta, K. Freeland
BASERUNNING
  • CS - S. Wilkerson (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Story-McMahon-Murphy; Arenado-McMahon-Murphy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cashner (W, 5-2)5.08550514.551.3311.5
M. Castro (H, 2)1.01110217.401.642.0
J. Lucas (S, 1)3.01001203.481.0615.0
Total9.01066192---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cashner (W, 5-2)5.0
M. Castro (H, 2)1.0
J. Lucas (S, 1)3.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 2-6)4.010771226.711.53-10.0
C. Bettis2.01000405.161.627.0
S. Oh0.122211010.572.09-4.5
J. McGee1.23000000.001.380.0
C. Estevez1.01001004.561.481.0
Total9.01799372---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 2-6)4.0
C. Bettis2.0
S. Oh0.1
J. McGee1.2
C. Estevez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 91-57, M. Castro 14-11, J. Lucas 45-30
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 6-4, M. Castro 1-0, J. Lucas 6-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 23, M. Castro 4, J. Lucas 11
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 67-49, C. Bettis 37-24, S. Oh 19-11, J. McGee 22-14, C. Estevez 14-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 6-3, C. Bettis 2-0, J. McGee 3-1, C. Estevez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 22, C. Bettis 7, S. Oh 4, J. McGee 7, C. Estevez 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Smith singled to shallow center, Severino scored, Wilkerson out at home, Martin to second96
    Wilkerson singled to center, Mancini scored, Nunez to third, Severino to second86
  • 6TH INNING
    Iannetta homered to right76
  • 5TH INNING
    Arenado singled to center, Story scored75
  • 4TH INNING
    Villar homered to left center, Cashner and Alberto scored74
    Alberto singled to center, Martin scored, Cashner to second44
  • 3RD INNING
    Arenado homered to left, Story and Dahl scored34
    Nunez homered to left center31
  • 1ST INNING
    Arenado doubled to left center, Story scored21
    Severino singled to left, Nunez scored, Severino to second20
    Nunez singled to left, Villar scored, Nunez to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carlos Estevez relieved Jake McGee
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino singled to center
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Ball, Broxton grounded into double play third to second to first, Severino out at second
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wilkerson walked
    • R. Martin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Wilkerson caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Rio Ruiz at first base
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Carlos Estevez
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Tapia grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Story grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. McGee Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto flied out to left
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Villar grounded out to second
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini doubled to deep left
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Lucas Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to third
    • R. McMahon: McMahon grounded out to first
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Desmond walked
    • C. Iannetta: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta reached on fielder's choice to third, Desmond out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Seung-Hwan Oh pitching
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mancini walked
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Nunez singled to left, Mancini to second
    • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Severino singled to left, Mancini to third, Nunez to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
    • Jake McGee relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Wilkerson singled to center, Mancini scored, Nunez to third, Severino to second
    • R. Martin: Ball, Foul, Martin reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at home, Severino to third, Wilkerson to second
    • Dwight Smith hit for Miguel Castro
    • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith singled to shallow center, Severino scored, Wilkerson out at home, Martin to second
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Lucas pitching
    • R. Tapia: Foul, Tapia flied out to deep center
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Story struck out on foul tip
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Dahl singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • A. Cashner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cashner grounded out to shortstop
    • H. Alberto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alberto grounded out to third
    • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Miguel Castro relieved Andrew Cashner
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Strike swinging, Iannetta homered to right
    • Brendan Rodgers hit for Chad Bettis
    • B. Rodgers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Rodgers grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Chad Bettis relieved Kyle Freeland
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Severino singled to center
    • K. Broxton: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Wilkerson struck out looking
    • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Story singled to left
    • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dahl grounded out to pitcher, Story to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado singled to center, Story scored
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Broxton walked
    • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Wilkerson reached on fielder's choice to third, Broxton out at second
    • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Martin singled to center, Wilkerson to second
    • A. Cashner: Ball, Cashner reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Wilkerson out at third, Martin to second
    • H. Alberto: Alberto singled to center, Martin scored, Cashner to second
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar homered to left center, Cashner and Alberto scored
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Mancini singled to left center
    • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Nunez flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Ball, McMahon flied out to deep right
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Strike swinging, Iannetta doubled to deep left
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Villar singled to left
    • T. Mancini: Mancini grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Villar out at second
    • R. Nunez: Nunez homered to left center
    • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • R. Tapia: Ball, Foul, Tapia reached on an infield single to first
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Story reached on fielder's choice to third, Tapia out at second
    • D. Dahl: Strike (foul tip), Dahl singled to center, Story to second
    • N. Arenado: Arenado homered to left, Story and Dahl scored
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
    • A. Cashner: Cashner grounded out to third
    • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike looking, Alberto lined out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • R. McMahon: McMahon grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Foul, Iannetta flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to right
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar doubled to deep left
    • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Nunez singled to left, Villar scored, Nunez to second
    • P. Severino: Foul, Severino singled to left, Nunez scored, Severino to second
    • K. Broxton: Broxton singled to left, Severino to third
    • S. Wilkerson: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Wilkerson grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Cashner Pitching:
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Tapia grounded out to pitcher
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Story doubled to deep right center
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Dahl grounded out to third, Story to third
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado doubled to left center, Story scored
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy lined out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)