Rockies beat Rangers 12-1 with season-high 21 hits

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 7, 2014 at 1:07 am •  Published: May 7, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado just couldn't get anything to fall on a night when everyone else was finding holes.

Finally, in his last at bat — and with the game long decided — Arenado laced a double that landed squarely on the white left-field line.

That's the way it's been going lately for one of the Colorado Rockies' hottest hitters.

Arenado ran his hitting streak to 26 games and Carlos Gonzalez had five of Colorado's season-high 21 hits as the Rockies routed the Texas Rangers 12-1 on Tuesday night.

"Just nice to get that," Arenado said of his RBI double in the seventh.

His streak is one away from tying the team record of 27 set by Michael Cuddyer last season. It's also the longest for anyone 23 years or younger since Albert Pujols hit in 30 straight games in 2003.

"It was a little dramatic, but he finally did it," Gonzalez said. "It was a great night for him — a very important night for him."

For Gonzalez, too. He's been struggling all season with finger and knee ailments that have hampered his swing.

And yet the Rockies still lead the majors in most offensive categories.

"Just imagine when Cargo starts swinging it the way he should," Arenado said.

The first four hitters in Colorado's lineup — Charlie Blackmon, Drew Stubbs, Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez — went a combined 13-for-20 with two homers and seven RBIs to help the Rockies take two games from Texas at Coors Field. Colorado now travels to Arlington, Texas, for two more in a home-and-home situation.

Blackmon led off with a homer. Stubbs added another in the seventh.

"We got guys up and down the order and on the bench that can really swing it," Arenado said.

Juan Nicasio (4-1) got through five innings without his best command, giving up two hits and one run. He also walked a season-high five.

Robbie Ross Jr. (1-3) had a rough outing as he allowed six runs and 12 hits in 5 1-3 innings.

The Rangers' most effective pitcher on this night was actually an outfielder. Given the lopsided score, and to save his bullpen, manager Ron Washington sent Mitch Moreland to the mound for the eighth. He set the Rockies down in order as he became only the sixth position player to pitch in Rangers history.

It's the first time he's pitched since 2008 and that was in a minor league game. Moreland was hitting around 94 mph, too.