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McBride, De La Rosa lift Rockies past Royals, 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 20, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: August 20, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Matt McBride is so new to the Colorado Rockies that he doesn't even have his nameplate above his locker yet.

Didn't take him long to make a big impact, though.

McBride hit his first career grand slam and Jorge De La Rosa pitched eight crisp innings, helping the Rockies cool off the Kansas City Royals with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night.

"Just trying to have a good at-bat and hit the ball hard and try to make something happen," McBride said.

With one swing, McBride derailed the Royals' roll, snapping their three-game winning streak. Kansas City saw its lead in the AL Central shrink to one over Detroit.

Danny Duffy (8-11) was cruising along with a 2-1 lead until a two-out error by third baseman Christian Colon in the sixth opened the door for a big inning. McBride lined a fastball from Duffy into the left-field bleachers and then zipped around the bases in exhilaration.

"Just had an adrenaline rush," he said.

It was McBride's first homer since Sept. 25, 2012, and third of his career. He was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs the day before after what's been a tumultuous past two seasons. He missed a big chunk of 2013 after undergoing neck surgery and was out earlier this year with a broken foot.

"Another guy with a great story, who's been through a lot," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

That was more than enough for De La Rosa (13-8), who allowed five hits and two run against his former team. He also got the Royals to hit into four double plays, tying a franchise record for most by a single pitcher in a game.

Even more, he improved to 9-2 at Coors Field — a place that's haunted many a pitcher, but not the hard-throwing lefty.

"I like to pitch here," De La Rosa said. "It's a challenge for me every time I pitch here."

Duffy was in command most of the night as he allowed five hits and five runs, one earned, in seven innings. After getting two quick outs in the sixth, Colon fielded a grounder and threw a one-hopper that first baseman Billy Butler couldn't scoop. Wilin Rosario singled and Corey Dickerson drew a walk to set the stage for McBride.

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