The Colorado Rockies lost more than a 16-8 game to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez injured his right wrist during the seventh inning when he ran into the outfield wall on a catch. He left the game to receive x-rays at a local Denver hospital.
Gonzalez accounted for six of the eight runs the Rockies drove in during the game. He had a three-run double in the fifth inning and a three-run home run (13) in the sixth inning. Mark Ellis hit his second home run as a Rockies, a two-run shot in the fifth. Royals starter Luke Hochevar allowed five runs in 4.1 innings and then saw Blake Wood allowed three more runs in the sixth inning.
Rockies starter Jason Hammel (4-8, 4.31 ERA) fared much worse. He gave up six runs in 3.2 innings, four coming off the bat of Melky Cabrera. He had a solo home run in the first inning and a three-run blast in the third inning. Before leaving the game, Hammel saw Mike Moustakas double in a run and Chris Getz bunt into a run-scoring fielder's choice.
Eric Stults, called up after Greg Reynolds was done with his spot start on Saturday, kept the Royals off the board for 1.1 innings. Matt Belisle was tagged for six runs in the sixth inning. He allowed four doubles, which scored four runs. Clayton Mortensen finished out the game and allowed four runs in the seventh inning, three to Eric Hosmer on his sixth homer of the season. He went 4-for-6 with four RBI against Rockies pitchers.
The Rockies (41-43, 22-22 home) head to Atlanta for a three-game set with the Braves. Ubaldo Jimenez pitches the first game in a return to where he threw his no-hitter in 2010.
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