Rockies vs. Indians: Cleveland Denies Colorado Sweep With 4-3 Victory

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Rockies Vs. Indians: Travis Hafner Homers In Cleveland's 4-3 Victory Over Colorado

The Cleveland Indians denied the Colorado Rockies a sweep on Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory. Travis Hafner's two-run home run in the sixth inning proved the difference.

Jason Hammel (4-7) went through the first two innings with no real trouble, but the third inning turned against him. A Travis Buck double and a Jack Hannahan walk set up a Grady Siezemore RBI single. After two outs were put on the board, Hammel wound up balking in the runner from third base for a 2-0 Cleveland lead. Hammel allowed four runs over six innings, walked five and struck out four.

The Indians' Josh Tomlin went 6.1 innings and allowed all three runs. Ty Wigginton now has nine home runs after hitting a solo shot and a two-runner during the game.

The Rockies (37-37, 18-18 away) have Thursday off before they start a three-game set with the New York Yankees on Friday.

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Rockies Vs. Indians: Colorado Has Chance To Sweep Cleveland

The Colorado Rockies can complete a sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday evening after Tuesday night's 4-3 victory. Closer Huston Street walked a tight rope to get his 22nd save of the season, but he was able to preserve Seth Smith's go-ahead home run for the victory.

The Rockies turn to Jason Hammel for the chance at the sweep. Though Hammel picked up the victory in his previous start, that was because the Rockies wound up putting 13 runs on the board. The Tigers tagged him for six runs over 6.1 innings. He faced two bases-loaded situations, escaped the first one with a walk but then allowed a grand slam in the sixth inning. His ERA moved back to 4.00, the first time it's been that high since the middle of April. All of his experience against the Indians came in his time with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was a reliever in four games and a starter in two other ones. In his one career start at Progressive Field, Hammel allowed six runs in 5.1 innings, but did pick up eight strikeouts. History is bunk, right?

Josh Tomlin is in his second year in the Majors for the Indians and has an 8-4 record through 14 starts. He hasn't walked many batters, just 12 in 89.1 innings, but gives up just under one hit per inning with 84 so far. He's not much of a strikeout pitcher (5.1 per nine innings). His 96 ERA+ shows he's slightly below average for a pitcher this season.

Put on ROOT Sports at 5:05 p.m. MT to catch all the action.

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Rockies Vs. Indians: Seth Smith Homers Twice In Colorado's 4-3 Win

Seth Smith continues to live up to his nickname of "Mr. Late Night." Tied at three in the top of the ninth, Seth Smith led off the inning against Chris Perez. Smith unloaded on a pitch, sending it high and deep to the right center field seats for his second home run (8) of the night, giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead.

Huston Street came in and easily recorded the first two outs of the inning. However, Cord Phelps put a ball into right field and wound up with a triple as Seth Smith had trouble securing his position in the outfield due to rainy and wet conditions. But with thunder and lightning all around him, Street got Austin Kearns to strike out with the tying- and go-ahead run in scoring position.

Earlier, Smith hit his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning, which gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead. A Jonathan Herrera RBI single an inning earlier put the Rockies' first run on the board. 

Jhoulys Chacin took a no-decision because Rafael Betancourt  and Matt Belisle allowed two runs (both charged to the former) in the eighth inning, but it was another solid start (mostly) for Chacin. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but walked two and then allowed an RBI single to Shin-Shoo Choo to break it up. Chacin finished the night with 6.2 innings, one run allowed on two hits, six walks and seven strikeouts.

The Rockies (37-36, 18-17 away) continue this series on Wednesday night at 5:05 p.m. MT. Jason Hammel and Josh Tomlin are the scheduled starters.

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Rockies Vs. Indians: Colorado Continues Interleague Success, Looks For More With Jhoulys Chacin

It was a close victory for the Colorado Rockies on Monday night, but they pulled it out, 8-7, over the Cleveland Indians. A Jason Giambi three-run home run in the fifth and a run-scoring error in the eighth kept the tide in favor of the Rockies.

After pitching implosions by both starters on Monday, the Rockies will look for Jhoulys Chacin to continue the stability he has given the rotation this season: Chacin has won all three of his June starts. In 20 innings pitched, Chacin has limited his opponents to 10 hits and two earned runs. His ERA and WHIP both stand at 0.90. This will be his first career start against the Indians.

Mitch Talbot will be his opposing pitcher on the mound. This is a pitching matchup the Rockies' hitters should be able to take advantage of relatively quickly. In seven starts this season, Talbot is 2-4 with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.752 WHIP. He's allowed 49 hits and 17 walks in 37.2 innings. He gives up 1.7 home runs every nine innings. Of course, the Rockies have often made middling and worse pitchers look as though they were Cy Young.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. MT

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Rockies Vs. Indians: Jason Giambi Homers In Colorado's 8-7 Victory

The Colorado Rockies erased the ghosts of Progressive Field for at least one night with their 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Jason Giambi's three-run homer and an error-scoring throw gave the Rockies the edge.

Troy Tulowitzki gave the Rockies and early lead in the first inning with an RBI single, but Juan Nicasio allowed a three-run homer in the bottom of the first and then gave up a solo shot to Carlos Santana in the fourth inning. 

But the Rockies came back with a vengeance in the fifth inning. Todd Helton drew a bases-loaded walk to score one, while Tulowitzki doubled in Carlos Gonzalez and Chris Nelson. Jason Giambi capped things off with a three-run shot (7) to center field. That ended Fausto Carmona's night, which ended up with seven runs allowed on nine hits.

Juan Nicasio's start also ended at 4.2 innings after he allowed a two-run single to Shin-Shoo Choo, narrowing the lead to 7-6. Rex Brothers got the final out of the inning and then gave way to Matt Lindstrom in the sixth inning. He came up with a line out, a single and a double play, recovering from a string of poor outings. 

In the top of the eighth inning, Charlie Blackmon and Chris Iannetta walked and singled, respectively, to start the inning. Frank Herrmann relieved Rafael Perez at that point, but catcher Lou Marson flubbed the throw to third base, allowing Blackmon to score for the 8-6 lead. 

Cord Phelps brought the game back to a one-run lead in the eighth inning, but Huston Street shut the Indians down in the bottom of the ninth. Street did allow a deep fly ball to right field by Grady Sizemore, but Seth Smith got the ball at the warning track. Lindstrom picked up the win and Street recorded his 21st victory.

This series continues at 5:05 p.m. MT on Tuesday. Jhoulys Chacin and Mitch Talbot are the scheduled starters.

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Rockies vs. Indians: Colorado Looks To Overcome Ghosts Of Progressive Field

The Colorado Rockies started 2011's interleague play on the right foot by taking two of three games against the Detroit Tigers over the weekend. Though Tigers ace Justin Verlander cut the joy short with a one-run complete game on Sunday, the Rockies will need to get back on track when they visit the Cleveland Indians to start the week.

Had this series been scheduled for Coors Field, the Rockies would look to improve their 7-2 record there, having swept two of three series. However, they will be at Progressive Field where they are just 1-5. They played two series over 2004 and 2005, and after the Rockies won the first game they have lost five straight.

With the San Francisco Giants dropping four straight, the Rockies are just 3.5 games behind them for the NL West lead. Starter Juan Nicasio will look to do his best to lessen that lead when he takes the mound on Monday night. After two so-so starts to start June, Nicasio turned in a solid outing against the San Diego Padres. He allowed just two runs (one on a leadoff home run) in six innings and struck out a career-high nine batters.

For the Indians, Fausto Carmona is a far cry from the pitcher he was in 2010 when he posted a 3.77 ERA. This year he has a 5.79 ERA through 91.2 innings (15 starts). While he's walked fewer batters per nine innings this season, he's been eminently hittable with 97 allowed. He's given up 14 home runs already, nearly 1.5 per nine innings. He allowed 17 in all of 2010.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. MT.

Expected pitching matchups:

Monday
Juan Nicasio vs. Fausto Carmona, 5:05 p.m. MT, ROOT, 850 KOA

Tuesday
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Mitch Talbot, 5:05 p.m. MT, ROOT, 850 KOA

Wednesday
Jason Hammel vs. Josh Tomlin, 5:05 p.m. MT, ROOT, 850 KOA

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