Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers
- This starts the second part of the home-and-home series between these teams, the Rockies sweeping the two games in Colorado, outscoring the Rangers 20-3 in those contests. However, Texas is 7-4 all-time at home against the Rockies.
- The Rockies had 21 hits in their 12-1 win over Texas on Tuesday. That is the most hits in a game by any team so far this season, and the most hits for Colorado in a nine-inning game since it had 22 against the Giants on April 11, 2012 (the Rockies did have 21 hits in a 15-inning game against St. Louis last September 19).
- Texas is batting .313 against left-handed pitchers this season, which leads all AL teams (the Rockies lead the majors, at .326). The Rangers hit .266 against lefties in 2013 (6th, MLB).
- After going 1-4 with a 7.41 ERA and .329 opponent average in his first eight career interleague starts, Jorge De La Rosa is 2-0 with a 1.04 (3/26.0) ERA and .163 (14/86) opponent BA in his last four.
- Not only is Troy Tulowitzki batting .421 for the season, he has had four straight games in which he has had at least two runs and two hits. The last player to have five consecutive such games in the same season was Detroit's Austin Jackson, August 31-September 4, 2011.
- Colby Lewis has not made it out of the sixth inning in any of his four starts this season. He missed all of the 2013 season following right elbow surgery.
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By JEFF BARTL
(AP) -- The Colorado Rockies entered the road portion of this home-and-home, four-game series with the Texas Rangers looking to dispel doubts of whether their offense can be just as potent away from Coors Field.
Nolan Arenado looks to set the franchise record by hitting safely in a 28th straight game as Colorado seeks to complete a sweep of the Rangers on Thursday night.
After beating Texas 8-2 and 12-1 at Coors Field, the Rockies (22-14) racked up 16 hits in Wednesday's 9-2 victory in Arlington. They entered that contest hitting .254 with 16 homers in 17 road games compared to .355 with 33 homers in 18 at home, but it proved its offense can have the same pop no matter the location.
"We've got to ride this wave while it's going good," manager Walt Weiss said.
Carlos Gonzalez homered and is hitting .400 during a nine-game hitting streak that pales in comparison to Arenado's. The third baseman extended his streak with a two-run double in the first inning and finished with three hits, giving him the longest run of anyone 23 years old or younger since Albert Pujols had a 30-game streak in 2003.
Arenado's streak ties Michael Cuddyer's run from last season for the Rockies' all-time mark. He's hitting .364 since the streak began April 9.
"It's pretty cool," Arenado said. "I'm trying to stay within myself, I'm not trying to get too big, or trying to hit the home run. I'm just trying to hit the ball hard. I'm going to keep on saying that until the year is over."
Adrian Beltre made his own history for the Rangers (17-17) on Wednesday, joining Darrell Evans, Reggie Jackson, Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome as the only players in baseball history to hit at least 100 homers for three teams (Seattle and the Los Angeles Dodgers being the others) with a two-run shot in the fourth.
Texas, which has lost eight of 10, hasn't come close to matching Colorado's high-scoring offense, though.
The Rangers try to salvage the final game of this set behind Matt Harrison, who hopes for some improvement after his last outing.
Harrison (0-0, 4.35 ERA) labored through his second start of the season Saturday, throwing 96 pitches in 4 1-3 innings while giving up three runs, 10 hits and three walks in Texas' 5-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
"I was lucky I got out of there without giving up 10 runs," Harrison said. "Every inning, it seemed like the leadoff man was getting on base. I was putting myself in position where I had to make perfect pitches."
The left-hander tossed five scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory June 24, 2012, in his only start against the Rockies, who will counter with Franklin Morales.
Morales (3-1, 5.05) had his three-start winning streak end Saturday when he allowed six runs and a season-worst nine hits in five innings before the Rockies rallied for an 11-10 win over the New York Mets.
"I just tried to keep competing, you know?" Morales said. "I know we've got a great team here."
The left-hander posted a 9.00 ERA in six relief appearances against Texas during his 2 1/2 seasons with Boston before being acquired in a trade for his second stint with Colorado in the offseason.
Rangers second baseman Donnie Murphy left after the sixth inning Wednesday with a neck strain after tripping over first base on a groundout. His status for this contest is unclear.
Updated May 8, 2014