Arenado homers, then wins it in 9th for Rockies

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado welcomed his chances at the plate in clutch situations.

The star slugger hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth that gave the Colorado Rockies a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

“To be honest with you, I want those at-bats, those moments,” said Arenado, who came through with his fifth career walk-off hit and second this season.

“I want to hit in them, obviously. I don’t like failing in them, but I don’t mind it. I feel comfortable, as comfortable as you can be in those moments. I just want to do the best I can and I want to do my best to drive those runs in.”

Charlie Blackmon helped put Arenado in position to deliver the game-winner when he crashed into the center-field fence for an outstanding catch that robbed Asdrubal Cabrera of extra bases and ended the top of the ninth.

“He put a pretty good swing on that ball,” Blackmon said. “I took off after it. I knew it was hit really well so I put my head down for a few steps and tried to make up some ground. I got close enough to where I thought I might be able to make a play on it, so I went for it.”

Said Arenado: “That was huge for us to see Charlie make that play. It was a huge momentum shift for us. Just a great catch and it fired everyone up. Then he had a great at-bat.”

In the bottom half, the Rockies took advantage of a misplay by new Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, a touted prospect making his major league debut.

Blackmon drew a leadoff walk from Hansel Robles (6-2) and DJ LeMahieu followed with an infield single off the glove of Rosario, unable to make the backhand play after initially breaking toward second base with Blackmon running on the pitch.

“It was actually pretty difficult, one of the tougher plays I’ve seen in this game,” Rosario said through a translator.

Arenado then reached out and looped a single to center field, scoring Blackmon.



SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and Jhoulys Chacin combined with two relievers on a three-hitter for San Diego.

The Padres had only two hits and led 1-0 going into the eighth before Hunter Renfroe singled off Alan Busenitz with one out and Hedges homered to right-center, his 14th.

Jose Berrios (9-5) held the Padres hitless until Renfroe opened the sixth by beating out an infield single to third base. Hedges followed with a double to right and Manuel Margot hit a sacrifice fly with one out. Hedges was thrown out trying to take third.

Berrios had faced the minimum 15 batters until the sixth. He issued a one-out walk to Carlos Asuaje in the first before Jose Pirela hit into a double play.



ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robinson Cano doubled twice and drove in three runs as Seattle beat Texas.

Cano’s two-run double in the sixth was the 499th of his career, moving him into a time with Rusty Staub for 63rd in MLB history.

Jarrod Dyson had his 200th career steal in the win and threw out a runner from centerfield at third to end the eighth inning in a one-run game. Nelson Cruz homered and Leonys Martin had two hits and two RBIs for Seattle.

Joey Gallo had two homers and four RBIs, and Rougned Odor also went deep for the Rangers, who lost their fourth straight.

Casey Lawrence (1-3) picked up his first MLB win after after entering the game in the fourth inning. Edwin Diaz earned his 21st save.

 after working a 1-2-3 ninth.

Nick Martinez (3-4) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.