To say the Colorado Rockies are red hot right now would be an understatement. After torching the Texas Rangers for a third straight game, 9-2 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, they are officially white hot.
In the first three games of the series, which started with two games at Coors Field on Monday and Tuesday before moving to Texas for the final two, the Rockies have outscored the Rangers 29-5 and outhit them 50-22. That is absolute domination you don't often see at the major league level.
At the center of the attack on Wednesday was Nolan Arenado, who extended his hitting streak to 27 games — tying Michael Cuddyer for the franchise record — with three hits. His two-run first inning double provided the first runs of the game and kept the Rockies offense moving, much to the delight of manager Walt Weiss.
''Nolan is one of those guys that's really locked in right now, and it was good to see him get that hit in the first at-bat,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''I think that kind of set the tone.''
Colorado would add five more in the fifth capped by Carlos Gonzalez's solo home run. Gonzalez has nine hits in the series, including a 5 for 5 game on Tuesday. And then there's Troy Tulowitzki, who's average actually dipped to .414 on Wednesday after he went 1 for 4. He has six hits in the series with two home runs and two walks.
With the win, Colorado moved into a first place tie with the San Francisco Giants in the NL West and tied the Milwaukee Brewers for the most wins in baseball with 22. They'll now resume licking their chops as they have one game left in Texas on Thursday evening.
with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Right-hander Tom Koehler equaled a career high eight innings pitched, allowing two hits and one walk, while lowering his ERA to 1.99. He now has a personal 15-inning scoreless streak spanning his last two starts.HOME WARRIORS: The Miami Marlins continued their winning ways at home and held the New York Mets off the scoreboard for the second time in under 24 hours
The Marlins offense struggled to get on track as well against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler. With the game still scoreless in the ninth, Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning with a single. He then advanced to second on Casey McGehee's walk, to third on Garrett Jones' fly ball to right field, and ultimately came home to score on Marcell Ozuna's walkoff sacrifice fly.
A manufactured run if there ever was one, but that's all the confident Marlins needed.
''We have complete confidence,'' said Casey McGehee. ''There was never a doubt in my mind we were going to get that game, no matter how long it took. That's the way it's supposed to be.''
With the win, Miami improves to an MLB best 17-5 record at home, and like Colorado, with the Atlanta Braves loss to St. Louis, they moved into a first place tie with the Washington Nationals. That's the good news. The dark cloud hanging over their flight to San Diego is they're an MLB worst 2-10 on the road, and they're about to begin an 11-game, 11-day trip Thursday in San Diego.
A lot will be learned quickly about the staying power of these Marlins.
JETER PUTS ONE ON THE BOARD... FINALLY: Playing his final regular season game at Angel Stadium, Derek Jeter was honored with the gift of a giant pinstriple paddleboard during a pregame ceremony. He thanked the Angels by launching his first round-tripper of the season, ending a home run drought that covered 161 at-bats dating back to last July 28, which helped the Yankees cruise to a 9-2 blowout victory.
The homer was his second extra-base hit of the series, which could be a good sign for Jeter. He entered the series without an extra-base hit in his previous 12 games. He also reached on an error in New York's five-run first and later added a single in the fourth inning for his second multi-hit game in the series.
Jeter, on what he takes from this series other than a couple wins: "A paddleboard, man."— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 8, 2014
Jacoby Ellsbury, Yangervis Solarte, Brett Gardner and John Ryan Murphy each added two hits apiece in support of Vidal Nuno, who picked up his first win of the season with six and one-third innings of one-run ball.
SPLITSVILLE: The Seattle Mariners had a chance to move into a first place tie with the Oakland A's on Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep at O.co Coliseum, but instead settled for a split. The Mariners actually won the opener 6-4 in 10 innings despite an unusual outing from ace Felix Hernandez. The 28-year-old right-hander failed to strike out a batter for only the third time in 277 career starts, with the last time coming on Aug. 19, 2008.
"It doesn't bother me, but I'm shocked," Hernandez said. "No strikeouts. Not a good breaking ball, not a good changeup -- that's what happens when you don't have good stuff."
Hernandez walked two, allowed 11 hits and gave up four runs over 6 1/3 innings. Not pretty at all, but the Mariners were happy with the win.
Unfortunately for them, there was no carryover offensively in game two as Drew Pomeranz, Dan Otero and Jim Johnson combined to blank them 2-0 on just three hits.
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