DENVER -- Third baseman Nolan Arenado has had a whirlwind first week in the majors. The Rockies recalled him from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday and put him in the lineup.
Arenado hit his first career homer in his second game, and Saturday night he hit a grand slam that highlighted a five-run seventh inning as the Colorado Rockies walloped the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3.
Arenado's memorable homer came off reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price. The five runs Price allowed in the seventh were unearned due to two errors. Arenado's grand slam came on his 26th at-bat in the big leagues and was the Rockies' first of the season.
Troy Tulowitzki, who wasn't in the lineup Friday because he said his legs were a little weary, went 3-for-3 with three RBI. He ran cautiously on an infield hit in the seventh and left the game after that inning.
Carlos Gonzalez put the Rockies ahead 4-3 in the fifth with a solo homer off Price, who threw 104 pitches and gave up 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He retired the first two batters in the seventh before the Rockies broke through for a slew of unearned runs.
After Gonzalez grounded a single up the middle, Tulowitzki hit a hard grounder that third baseman Evan Longoria scrambled to his left to grab. But Longoria threw past first base, putting runners on second and third.
Cuddyer hit a grounder that shortstop Ben Zobrist charged but bobbled, and Cuddyer beat his throw to first.
Jon Garland broke a two-start losing streak. He worked five innings -- failing to pitch at least six innings for the first time in six starts -- but left with the lead, thanks to Gonzalez's homer. Edgmer Escalona and Wilton Lopez each worked two scoreless innings in relief of Garland.
The Rays struck for three runs with two out in the third to take a short-lived 3-1 lead. James Loney's opposite-field double to the left-field corner brought home a run, and Kelly Johnson followed with a single off Garland that scored Longoria and Loney.
Loney entered the game hitting .321 with 52 RBI in 53 games at Coors Field, where he played often while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Troy Tulowitzki, who singled home a run in the first, doubled home two more in the third after Eric Young Jr. lined a single past Price and Gonzalez walked.
Price did some damage control in the first and in the fourth. With runners on first and third after Tulowitzki's single in the first, Price struck out Cuddyer and retired Rosario on a fly to shallow center.
Jordan Pacheco scorched a double inside third base to open the fourth. But Garland struck out trying to sacrifice, and Price retired Young and Josh Rutledge on groundouts, stranding Pacheco at third.
After pitching at least six innings in each of his first five starts, Garland left after five innings. He threw 93 pitches, matching his second-highest total of the season.
NOTES: Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar was hit with a Garland pitch on his left hand in the second inning. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays that were negative and he is day-to-day with a bruised hand. ... Center fielder Dexter Fowler was not in Colorado's lineup. He left Friday's game in the fifth inning with right hip flexor soreness caused by trying to avoid a collision with Rays first baseman Sean Hernandez after an unsuccessful attempt to bunt for a hit. ... Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (back strain) will start Sunday when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list. ... Alex Cobb, who will start Sunday for the Rays, said he last batted in high school. ... Just as they did Friday, Rays fans again made themselves heard Saturday night at Coors Field. Manager Joe Maddon said, "I saw a lot of the Rays merchandise in the ballpark. It's great. I think there's a vibe about us that's appealing on a national level: the way we play and the way our players project themselves. Back in the (days of) the Devil Ray, it was tough to see those hats being worn even in the Tampa Bay area."