Nelson Hits 1st Career Homer In Rockies Rout Of Tigers
DENVER (AP) — Chris Nelson hit his first major league home run during a six-run second inning and Carlos Gonzalez homered and doubled to drive in four runs, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Detroit Tigers 13-6 Friday night.
Rookie Charlie Blackmon added four hits and two RBIs, helping to fuel the Rockies’ second-highest scoring output of the season and improve their winning percentage in interleague competition to .620 (49-30) since 2006, tops in the NL in that span.
Jason Hammel (4-6) weathered Jhonny Peralta’s grand slam in the sixth to win for the first time since April 30, snapping a string of five consecutive losing decisions. He allowed six runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings and walked four with two strikeouts.
The Rockies, who won their third in a row, did most of their damage against Detroit starter Rick Porcello (6-5), who allowed nine runs — six earned — in three innings. He walked two and struck out none.
The Rockies batted around in the second inning to. Chris Iannetta started the flurry with an RBI single and Hammel, who had issued a bases-loaded walk in the first, drew one himself to drive in Colorado’s second run. After Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly, Nelson drove Porcello’s 2-2 offering into the left field bleachers for a three-run shot that capped the Rockies’ big inning.
Colorado extended its lead to 9-1 with a three-run third. Seth Smith led off with a triple and scored when third baseman Alex Avila failed to handle Ty Wigginton’s grounder for an error. Blackmon singled before Gonzalez doubled to center to drive in two more runs.
Troy Tulowitzi hit a run-scoring double in the fifth and Gonzalez connected for his 10th homer of the season in the sixth around Peralta’s slam.
Gonzalez also had a key assist in the third inning, fielding Magglio Ordonez’s two-out single to center and throwing out Miguel Cabrera at the plate.
Cabrera had a run-scoring groundout in the seventh.
NOTES: Colorado had a season-high 15 runs in a May 28 victory over St. Louis. … Rockies C Jose Morales was placed on the 60-day disabled list after breaking his right thumb when it was struck by a foul tip on Wednedsday. The Rockies recalled C Matt Pagnozzi from their Triplr-A club in Colorado Springs to replace him. … Tigers 3B Brandon Inge, on the DL since June 2 with of mononucleosis, has joined Triple-A Toledo to begin a rehab assignment. … Peralta’s slam was the third of his career but first as a member of the Tigers.
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