Rockies split doubleheader with Mariners but have yet to win back-to-back games this season

Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post on

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DENVER — Twenty-two games into the season, the Rockies have yet to win back-to-back games.

Call it the Rockies’ Catch-22.

If they hit well — an increasingly rare occurrence — they don’t pitch well. If they pitch well — an occasional occurrence — they don’t hit.

After beating the Mariners, 2-1 in 10 innings, in the opener of Sunday’s split-doubleheader at Coors Field to snap a six-game losing streak, Colorado had a chance for back-to-back wins. But that opportunity evaporated when the Mariners blew up starter Peter Lambert with a six-run second inning and cruised to a 10-2 victory.

It didn’t help that Seattle right-hander Emerson Hancock limited the Rockies to two runs on four hits over six innings. The two runs came on Elias Diaz’s two-run double in the first.

And so the Mariners took two of three to win the series, leaving Colorado (5-17) without a series victory this season.


Lambert, who had been the Rockies’ long reliever, moved into the starting rotation when left-hander Kyle Freeland went on the injured list with an elbow strain. Lambert was eager to show what he could do, but the second inning was messy.

Seattle ripped off six hits, including a three-run triple by J.P. Crawford. Lambert hit Luke Raley and Luis Urias in back-to-back at-bats, setting the table for Crawford’s big hit. Then Crawford scored on Lambert’s wild pitch.

The Mariners stowed the game away with a three-run sixth against right-hander Noah Davis. Seby Zavala hit a two-out double and scored on Julio Rodriguez’s two-out bloop single to right. Cal Raleigh put an exclamation point on the inning with a two-run homer to center.

Davis, added to the roster as the 27th player for the doubleheader, departed the game in the seventh inning with an apparent injury.


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