The Rockies continue to confuse.
After playing two out of three games against the high-flying Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend, they messed up in Texas.
Despite two home runs from Texas native Trevor Story, Colorado lost 4-3 to the lowly Rangers at Globe Life Field on Monday night. The Rangers have a 46-85 record.
Righthander AJ Alexy, who made his debut in the big league, threw five scoreless innings and limited the Rockies to a single hit – a leadoff double by CJ Cron in the second. Alexy had some three-ball counts, but the Rockies never fixed him. He struckout four batters and walked three.
Meanwhile, right-handed German Marquez from Colorado continued his swoon in August. He gave up four runs on seven hits – including three homeruns – in six innings.
Marquez’s problems started in the fourth inning when DJ Peters launched a solo homerun with two outs to the left. Marquez’s problems worsened in the fifth when No. 9 batter Loedy Taveras – the owner of a .062 batting average and no home runs going into the night – shot a solo home run with two outs to the center. Not an easy feat at Globe Life Field.
The Rangers mauled Marquez for three hits in the sixth, including a homerun with two runs to the right by Nick Solak.
Over his last four starts, Marquez is 1-3 with an 8.85 ERA with seven home runs. It’s quite a turnaround for Marquez, who went 6-3 in June and July with a 2.86 ERA in 11 starts.
Story started the seventh with an explosion on the second deck to Josh Sborz’s left field. Story’s bat flip was instant and flamboyant. Story gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead in the eighth with a two-run shot to the right off Spencer Patton. Story drove in Connor Joe, who led off with a single.
Story, who had the 18th multi-homer game of his career, had suffered a 0-for-22 slump before hitting a double against the Dodgers on Sunday. The free-agent-to-be now has 18 home runs this season.