Arenado's 482-foot homer lifts Rockies over Cardinals 2-1

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado sent a ball soaring out of Coors Field, and the St. Louis Cardinals could not recover.

Arenado hit a 482-foot two-run homer that bounced out of the ballpark in the first inning, Chi Chi Gonzalez got his first big league win in four years and the Rockies beat St. Louis 2-1 on Tuesday night to slow the Cardinals' playoff push.

St. Louis, which had won 23 of 30 coming in, maintained a four-game lead in the NL Central over the second-place Chicago Cubs.

''Very, very weird,'' St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong said after a rare low-scoring game at Coors Field. ''We know runs come in bunches in this park. Obviously, we weren't on our game.''

St. Louis swept a four-game home series from Colorado two weeks ago, including a 6-0 win against Gonzalez on Aug. 25.

''Better command of his pitches,'' St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. ''He was keeping the ball down, working the corners and he had all of his pitches he looked like he was throwing for strikes and quality strikes.''

Given the early advantage, Gonzalez (1-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings. The 27-year-old right-hander had been 0-6 with a 7.29 in nine starts and one relief appearance this year, and he had not won in the big leagues since Sept. 22, 2015, for Texas at Oakland.

''There was a lot of emotion,'' Gonzalez said. ''I'm just thankful to be out here, to be with this group of guys. It's a great clubhouse.''

Jairo Diaz got six outs and finished a six-hitter for second save.

Michael Wacha (6-7) allowed five hits in four innings and is winless in seven starts and two relief appearances since July 19.

Charlie Blackmon singled with one out in the first, and Arenado drove a changeup to left. Arenado's 38th home run this season gave him 110 RBIs this year and 500 extra-base hits in his career.

''That was probably one of the few changeups that just didn't really do anything,'' Wacha said. ''It just kind of stayed right there in the middle of the plate. And with him, he doesn't really ever miss those.''

Dexter Fowler doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Paul Goldschmidt's groundout. Gonzalez pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out ham in the fifth when pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter hit a soft liner to shortstop Trevor Story and Fowler grounded out.

St. Louis had runners on the corners in the seventh before Carlos Estevez relieved Bryan Shaw and struck out Harrison Bader and Jose Martinez.

NOT MEASURING UP

Arenado's drive was tied the third-longest in the major leagues this season, according to Statcast, trailing home runs by Texas' Nomar Mazara (505) and Rockies teammate Ian Desmond (486). Arenado is dubious of Statcast's measurements, citing a home run by Houston rookie Yordan Alvarez on Monday that was calculated at 415 feet.

''He hit it to the third deck in Houston. That ball might have gone a little farther than mine,'' Arenado said. As long as it's fair and goes out of the ballpark that's all that matters.''

Statcast calculates the distance a ball would travel if it had landed at ground level unobstructed.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Cardinals: C Matt Wieters (left calf strain) is getting closer to returning. He has been out since Sept. 1 and has increased his baseball activities in recent days.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left groin strain) threw a bullpen session on Saturday and is scheduled to have another one Wednesday. Freeland has been out since Aug. 22. ... Colorado is not sure whether OF David Dahl (right ankle sprain) will return this season.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Dakota Hudson (15-6, 3.40) will face Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (8-10, 7.19) in the second of the three-game series on Wednesday. Hudson is 11-2 in his last 14 starts while Senzatela has a 16.15 ERA in his last six outings.

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  • W: C. Gonzalez (1-6)L: M. Wacha (6-7)S: J. Diaz (2)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (38)
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  • a-lined out for Wacha in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Helsley in the 7th
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    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Fowler (22)
    • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (81)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler 2 (36), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez (28)
    BATTING
    • HR - N. Arenado (38)
    • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (110)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy (37), S. Hilliard, C. Gonzalez (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - M. Ozuna (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Edman-Wong-Goldschmidt)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Wolters-McMahon; McMahon-Story-Murphy)
    • E - D. Murphy (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Wacha (L, 6-7)4.05221314.971.550.5
    R. Helsley2.02000101.821.084.5
    G. Gallegos2.00000102.200.776.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Wacha (L, 6-7)4.0
    R. Helsley2.0
    G. Gallegos2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Gonzalez (W, 1-6)6.04110406.561.5625.0
    B. Shaw (H, 10)0.10001005.401.35-1.0
    C. Estevez (H, 8)0.20000203.951.331.0
    J. Diaz (S, 2)2.02000204.101.2412.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Gonzalez (W, 1-6)6.0
    B. Shaw (H, 10)0.1
    C. Estevez (H, 8)0.2
    J. Diaz (S, 2)2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 68-44, R. Helsley 19-14, G. Gallegos 19-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 8-1, R. Helsley 2-2, G. Gallegos 2-3
    • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 18, R. Helsley 7, G. Gallegos 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Shaw (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Gonzalez 100-62, B. Shaw 13-6, C. Estevez 9-6, J. Diaz 21-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Gonzalez 8-6, B. Shaw 1-0, J. Diaz 2-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Gonzalez 22, B. Shaw 3, C. Estevez 2, J. Diaz 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    K. Wong 2B40000001.283.363.422.7850.0
    P. Goldschmidt 1B40110020.259.341.462.8021.0
    M. Ozuna LF40100011.255.333.494.827-0.5
    P. DeJong SS30000111.242.323.452.7750.5
    Y. Molina C30100011.274.313.404.7171.5
    R. Arozarena PR00000000.231.333.308.6410.0
    T. Edman 3B40100003.278.310.444.7541.0
    H. Bader CF30100012.212.326.353.6800.5
    M. Wacha P10000010.176.176.206.382-0.5
    a- M. Carpenter PH10000003.226.335.379.7140.0
    R. Helsley P0000-000.333.333.333.000-
    b- J. Martinez PH10000012.267.342.399.741-0.5
    G. Gallegos P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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    • a-lined out for Wacha in the 5th
    • b-struck out for Helsley in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    N. Arenado 3B41221001.310.370.580.9508.0
    D. Murphy 1B40100002.281.333.466.7991.0
    R. McMahon 2B30000021.258.338.455.794-1.0
    R. Tapia LF30100001.282.317.426.7431.0
    S. Hilliard CF30000012.167.242.433.676-0.5
    C. Estevez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    G. Hampson CF00000000.214.272.319.5910.0
    T. Wolters C20000100.269.338.336.6741.0
    C. Gonzalez P20000002.000.000.000.0000.0
    B. Shaw P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Y. Daza CF10000000.198.235.222.4580.0
    J. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total3027211510-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Fowler (22)
      • RBI - P. Goldschmidt (81)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fowler 2 (36), M. Ozuna, J. Martinez (28)
      BATTING
      • HR - N. Arenado (38)
      • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (110)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Murphy (37), S. Hilliard, C. Gonzalez (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - M. Ozuna (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Edman-Wong-Goldschmidt)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Wolters-McMahon; McMahon-Story-Murphy)
      • E - D. Murphy (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Wacha (L, 6-7)4.05221314.971.550.5
      R. Helsley2.02000101.821.084.5
      G. Gallegos2.00000102.200.776.5
      Total8.0722151---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Wacha (L, 6-7)4.0
      R. Helsley2.0
      G. Gallegos2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Gonzalez (W, 1-6)6.04110406.561.5625.0
      B. Shaw (H, 10)0.10001005.401.35-1.0
      C. Estevez (H, 8)0.20000203.951.331.0
      J. Diaz (S, 2)2.02000204.101.2412.0
      Total9.0611180---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Gonzalez (W, 1-6)6.0
      B. Shaw (H, 10)0.1
      C. Estevez (H, 8)0.2
      J. Diaz (S, 2)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Wacha 68-44, R. Helsley 19-14, G. Gallegos 19-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Wacha 8-1, R. Helsley 2-2, G. Gallegos 2-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Wacha 18, R. Helsley 7, G. Gallegos 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Shaw (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Gonzalez 100-62, B. Shaw 13-6, C. Estevez 9-6, J. Diaz 21-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Gonzalez 8-6, B. Shaw 1-0, J. Diaz 2-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Gonzalez 22, B. Shaw 3, C. Estevez 2, J. Diaz 7
      • 4TH INNING
        Goldschmidt grounded out to third, Fowler scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Arenado homered to left, Blackmon scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ja. Diaz Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeJong struck out swinging
        • Y. Molina: Molina singled to left
        • Randy Arozarena ran for Yadier Molina
        • T. Edman: Edman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Arozarena out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jairo Diaz pitching
        • Garrett Hampson in center field
        • D. Fowler: Strike (foul tip), Fowler lined out to first
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Wong grounded out to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike looking, Goldschmidt reached on an infield single to third
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ozuna struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gallegos Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado flied out to center
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Murphy popped out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Bryan Shaw relieved Chi Chi Gonzalez
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeJong walked
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Molina hit by pitch, DeJong to second
        • T. Edman: Strike swinging, Edman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, DeJong to third, Molina out at second
        • Yonathan Daza in center field
        • Carlos Estevez pitching
        • H. Bader: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bader struck out swinging
        • Jose Martinez hit for Ryan Helsley
        • Jo. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Giovanny Gallegos pitching
        • T. Wolters: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Wolters grounded out to third
        • Y. Daza: Ball, Strike swinging, Daza grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Story: Story flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • K. Wong: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong lined out to center
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • M. Ozuna: Ozuna grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Helsley Pitching:
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy singled to shallow center
        • R. McMahon: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Foul, Tapia lined out to left
        • S. Hilliard: Foul, Ball, Hilliard grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • P. DeJong: Strike looking, DeJong grounded out to third
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Molina safe at first on 1st baseman Murphy throwing error
        • T. Edman: Ball, Foul, Edman singled to shallow center, Molina to second
        • H. Bader: Ball, Bader singled to left, Molina to third, Edman to second
        • Matt Carpenter hit for Michael Wacha
        • M. Carpenter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Carpenter lined out to shortstop
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Ryan Helsley pitching
        • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Story singled to left
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon flied out to center
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado grounded into double play third to second to first, Story out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler doubled to right center
        • K. Wong: Ball, Foul, Ball, Wong grounded out to first, Fowler to third
        • P. Goldschmidt: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Goldschmidt grounded out to third, Fowler scored
        • M. Ozuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ozuna flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, McMahon grounded out to second
        • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia singled to center
        • S. Hilliard: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hilliard reached on fielder's choice to second, Tapia out at second
        • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wolters walked, Hilliard to second
        • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • T. Edman: Strike looking, Ball, Edman flied out to left
        • H. Bader: Strike looking, Bader grounded out to third
        • M. Wacha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Wacha struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • T. Story: Foul, Story grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Ball, Blackmon singled to left
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado singled to center, Blackmon to second
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Murphy grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • M. Ozuna: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ozuna singled to right center
        • P. DeJong: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, DeJong fouled out to first
        • Y. Molina: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Molina struck out swinging, Ozuna caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Foul, Strike looking, Tapia grounded out to third
        • S. Hilliard: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hilliard struck out swinging
        • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fowler lined out to left
        • K. Wong: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Wong grounded out to second
        • P. Goldschmidt: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goldschmidt struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Wacha Pitching:
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Blackmon singled to center
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado homered to left, Blackmon scored
        • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to shortstop
        • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)