Rockies Vs. Rangers: Colorado Falls 4-2 On Sunday

The Colorado Rockies dropped two of three to Texas.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Final Score: Texas Hangs On For 4-2 Win

The Colorado Rockies picked up two runs in the ninth inning after loading the bases with nobody out, but that was all the offense they were able to muster and the Texas Rangers escaped the jam to pick up a 4-2 victory on Sunday night.

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Marco Scutaro hit a bases-loaded single to get the scoring started in that ninth inning, and then Carlos Gonzalez hit a sac fly. The rally went south when Scutaro was tagged out in a rundown following a wild pitch. Jason Giambi then struck out to end the game.

The Rockies will be back in action on Monday when they start a series against the Washington Nationals.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Lineups: Eric Young Jr. To Lead Off

The Colorado Rockies are mixing things up at the top of the order, leading off with Eric Young Jr. while dropping Dexter Fowler to the No. 9 spot. You can't chalk up the move to what Fowler has done recently, though, as he's 4-for-9 with a triple, a homer and three runs scored in the first two games of the series.

Colorado:

1. Eric Young Jr. (RF)
2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
4. Jason Giambi (DH)
5. Wilin Rosario (C)
6. Todd Helton (1B)
7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
8. Jonathan Herrera (SS)
9. Dexter Fowler (CF)

Related: Rockies Vs. Rangers Preview: Colorado Has Chance For Series Victory

Texas:

1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
2. Elvis Andrus (SS)
3. Josh Hamilton (LF)
4. Adrian Beltre (3B)
5. Michael Young (1B)
6. Nelson Cruz (DH)
7. David Murphy (RF)
8. Mike Napoli (1B)
9. Leonys Martin (CF)

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Rockies Vs. Rangers: Colorado Has Chance For Series Victory

The Colorado Rockies' trip to the Lone Star state swiftly turned around on Saturday afternoon with an 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers. After the disappointment of a 4-1 loss on Friday night, the Rockies can put together a winning streak with a victory on Sunday evening.

Alex White (2-5, 6.06 ERA) pitches for the Rockies and will look for his first victory since June 3. In the three starts since then, White has allowed 13 runs in 13.2 innings. On Wednesday, White reached his 75-pitch count limit in 3.2 innings, surrendering five runs on five hits. The Rockies lost that game, 7-6.

For the Rangers, Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41 ERA) will look to close out his strong June with another strong start. He's pitched at least six innings in four June starts and has a complete-game shutout against the San Francisco Giants during that span. He followed that game with 7.1 shutout innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks and 6.1 innings of one-run ball against the San Diego Padres. Will he shut down another NL West team?

Game time/date: 5:05 p.m. MT, Sunday, June 24, 2012

Location: Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Tx.

Broadcast Info: ROOT Sports, 850 KOA

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Final: Bats Heat Up For Colorado In 11-7 Win

After losing 4-1 on Friday to the Texas Rangers despite putting together 12 hits in the game, the Rockies came out with a fury on Saturday and used a quick offensive start in order to snag an 11-7 win from Texas in game two of their series.

With the bats heated up right from the start, the Rockies had roughed up Colby Lewis and put together an 11-1 lead by the time the game had reached the bottom of the fifth inning. The runs were coming from all over the lineup with Michael Cuddyer, Tyler Colvin, Chris Nelson and Wil Nieves all slugging in two RBI.

Josh Outman had pitched well up until that point, only allowing a single run in the fourth inning. It started to fall apart quickly for the Rockies starter after he hit the four man rotation's 75 pitch limit and started to veer into the 80's with two outs. At that point he allowed two runs to score and allowed several men on base before Jim Tracy decided to pull him. Adam Ottavino came on to pitch and immediately made it worse when he allowed Nelson Cruz to smash a home run for three more.

Eventually, the Rockies did stifle the Texas hitting to get the final out in the fifth, and that turned out to be enough as neither team managed to score another run after that.

Texas threatened several more times as the game went along, but the bullpen tandem of Rex Brothers, Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt were able to keep them off the board and preserve the win. Because Outman didn't make it out of the fifth inning, the win went to Brothers, who pitched through the sixth.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Update: Josh Outman Pulled Before End Of 5th Inning As Texas Picks Up 6 Runs

Josh Outman pitched a pretty solid game for the Colorado Rockies in his second game as a part of the four man rotation experiment, but couldn't manage to get quite far enough in the game to earn a win.

After 4.2 innings pitched and just under 90 pitches thrown, Outman was pulled due to putting four men on base and allowing two of them to score. That pushed the score of the game from 11-1 up to 11-3, and Jim Tracy put his foot down and took Outman out of the game.

Righty Adam Ottavino was brought in to replace Outman and immediately gave up a three run homer to Nelson Cruz.

The Rockies still lead, but the score has been brought a lot closer for the Rangers as it currently stands at 11-7. The disastrous fifth inning did finally end for the Rockies but they responded by going 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth, so Texas will have another quick opportunity to add onto the great bottom of the sixth they put together, this time against the Rockies bullpen.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Update: Colorado Crushing Texas 11-3 In 5th Inning

After a disappointing finish to Friday's game against the Texas Rangers where they were only able to pick up a single run on 12 hits, the Colorado Rockies have surged offensively on Saturday to the tune of an 11-3 lead over the Rangers in game two of their series in the fifth inning.

Four different Rockies players have knocked in two runs so far, with Chris Nelson's two hits and two RBI's leading the day for Colorado so far.

Josh Outman has pitched well and has been given a mulligan on the 75 pitch limit that Jim Tracy set in place. With over 80 pitches, Outman is looking to close out the fifth and presumably get the win barring some sort of bullpen breakdown. He's had a bit of trouble getting the third out so far, allowing two runs in the bottom of the fifth so far with two outs on the board.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers: Colorado Looks To Crack MLB's Best Team On Saturday

The Colorado Rockies continue their interleague series against the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon after losing Friday night's game, 4-1. The team will need to do better than the one run on 12 hits they put up in that game, especially since Texas scored four runs on seven hits.

Josh Outman (0-3, 8.41 ERA) continues his search for his first win with the Rockies. He's also battling the 75-pitch count the starters are on. After joining the rotation on June 1, Outman has slowly been stretching himself out, but he's allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts. He has yet to go longer than five innings in any of his starts and was already in the 70-pitch count range in the fifth during his last two starts.

Opposing Outman on the mound will be Colby Lewis (6-5, 3.00 ERA), who has been the opposite of the Rockies' starters this season. He has consistently reached the seventh inning, pitching into that inning in each of his four June starts. He threw back-to-back complete games (one an eight-inning CG loss) earlier in the month and has most recently thrown seven innings of one-run ball against the Houston Astros. He struck out 10 in that game.

Game time/date: 1:05 p.m. MT, Saturday, June 23, 2012

Location: Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Tx.

Broadcast Info: ROOT Sports, 850 KOA

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Final Score: Colorado Bats Go Cold In 4-1 Loss

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Roy Oswalt returned to the mound for the first time in the 2012 season on Friday night, and the Colorado Rockies didn't do much to make him uncomfortable. Oswalt pitched 6.2 innings and did give up 9 hits, but the Rockies were only to convert those hits into a single run, thanks in large part to six strike outs.

Rockies starter Christian Freidrich kept his team in the game, holding the Rangers' potent lineup to only four runs across six innings. Though Freidrich pitched a solid game, he was hurt by the long ball, as he gave up homers to both Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli, along with a two-RBI double to Nelson Cruz. Colorado second basemen Marco Scutaro tallied the only run for Colorado when he doubled to right field in the seventh inning.

The two teams will take the field on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers Lineups: Jonathan Herrera Returns From DL

The Rockies' beleaguered pitching staff has a significant challenge ahead of it, as the team begins a three-game set with the Texas Rangers on Friday night. The Rangers top the American League in a bunch of offensive categories, including OPS and runs scored. Full lineups for Friday's game are listed below.

Colorado:

1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
2. Marco Scutaro (2B)
3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
4. Jason Giambi (DH)
5. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
6. Todd Helton (1B)
7. Chris Nelson (3B)
8. Wilin Rosario (C)
9. Jonathan Herrera (SS)

Related: Colorado Rockies News: Jonathan Herrera Returns From DL, D.J. LeMahieu Optioned To Triple-A

Texas:

1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
2. Elvis Andrus (SS)
3. Josh Hamilton (LF)
4. Adrian Beltre (DH)
5. Michael Young (3B)
6. Nelson Cruz (RF)
7. Mike Napoli (1B)
8. Yorvit Torrealba (C)
9. Craig Gentry (CF)

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Colorado Rockies News: Jonathan Herrera Returns From DL, D.J. LeMahieu Optioned To Triple-A

Colorado Rockies infielder Jonathan Herrera is ready to come off the 15-day disabled list, so 23-year old infielder D.J. LeMahieu will be headed back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Here's the official tweet from the Rockies:

The 27-year old Herrera hasn't played since May 22. He's hitting .239/.282 /.373 in 67 at-bats this season. Herrera has two homers and four RBI on the season. LeMahieu played 19 games for Colorado in the big leagues, posting a .205 average with no homers and two RBI.

Related: Colorado Rockies Continue With 4-Man Rotation, Need To 'Pitch Better,' Says Jeff Francis

The Rockies begin a three-game weekend set on Friday with the Texas Rangers when Christian Friedrich opposes Roy Oswalt in his Rangers debut.

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Colorado Rockies Continue With 4-Man Rotation, Need To 'Pitch Better,' Says Jeff Francis

The Colorado Rockies will continue with the nontraditional four-man rotation in an effort to protect some of the team's young arms. Starting rotations in the MLB have typically featured five members since the New York Mets made the transition during a 100-win season in 1969, but Colorado manager Jim Tracey is set to buck the trend. The new Rockies rotation will feature only Jeff Francis, Alex White, Christian Friedrich and Josh Outman.

Leave it the 31-year old Francis to deliver the best quote:

"If you don't like it, pitch better," Jeff Francis, the Rockies' only current veteran starter, said this week.

The Rockies are set to begin a three-game series against in Texas against the Rangers on Friday, with Friedrich opposing Texas starter Roy Oswalt in his Rangers debut.

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Jonathan Herrera Injury Update: Rockies IF Could Return On Friday Vs. Rangers

The Colorado Rockies are in Arlington, Texas for a weekend series against the Texas Rangers, and they may have infielder Jonathan Herrera at their disposal. The Rockies placed Herrera on the 15-day disabled list back in May (strained right hamstring), but according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Herrera has join the team in Texas and could be activated on Friday:

The 27-year-old infielder hit .239/.282/.373 over 75 plate appearances before getting injured. Meanwhile, veteran shortstop Marco Scutaro has hit .261 over the last week (23 at-bats) with just one extra-base hit and one RBI.

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Rockies Vs Rangers: Road Trip Heads To Arlington For Oswalt's Texas Debut

The Colorado Rockies finish out their nine game road trip with a visit to the reigning AL Champion Texas Rangers.

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Rockies Vs. Rangers: Roy Oswalt To Make Texas Debut On Friday

Roy Oswalt will make his debut with the Rangers on Friday when the Rockies come to town.

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