Rockies set franchise record with 14th shutout of season in loss at Astros – The Denver Post
The Rockies keep making the wrong kind of history this season.
Their latest feat of failure? A 5-0 defeat at the Houston Astros on Tuesday night marking a 14th shutout loss — setting a franchise record worst for offensive futility.
It’s a startling reversal of a recent power surge. The Rockies entered the game having scored at least six runs in four straight games. On Tuesday, their bats came unplugged.
Colorado generated momentum in the second and seventh innings with singles from Charlie Blackmon and C.J. Cron, respectively, that were advanced by walks. But the Rockies went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Starting pitchers initially owned the spotlight at Minute Maid Park.
Rockies’ right-hander Jon Gray was phenomenal early with nine Ks through the fourth. Houston’s Jake Odorizzi proved equally effective with three hits allowed over five scoreless frames.
But Gray ran into fourth-inning trouble. It started when Astros’ Aledmys Diaz singled and Carlos Correa reached on an infielder blooper off Gray’s foot. It set the stage for a Chas McCormick RBI single and a Taylor Jones two-run double. Houston went up 3-0.
The Astros added a run in the fifth with Michael Brantley’s RBI double. Gray’s night was done after four runs allowed on six hits through 4-1/3 innings.
Rockies’ reliever Robert Stephenson got out of a bases-loaded jam to close the fifth. Although he gave up a Jose Altuve RBI single in the sixth for a 5-0 Houston lead.
The Rockies (51-62) began a six-game road trip with a predictable dud. The team is now 13-41 away from Coors Field this season.
Colorado especially struggles in the first games of road trips. Entering Tuesday, the Rockies were 2-7 in road series openers with three shutout losses and a .209 batting average.
The Rockies close their two-game series on Wednesday against the Astros.