Rockies’ struggles continue with extra-inning, 2-1 loss against Astros – The Denver Post
Gut punch? Heartbreaking? Excruciating?
Check, check and check.
Miles Straw punched a single through the Rockies’ five-man infield in the 11th inning to lift the Astros to a 2-1 win Tuesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Straw’s single off Jairo Diaz drove in Abraham Toro, who opened the inning at second base as part of the new extra-inning tie-breaker rule.
The Rockies received two stellar starts in Houston and came away empty, and have now lost seven of their past nine games.
On a day when runs were as precious as diamonds, Colorado’s Raimel Tapia drove a single through the box against closer Ryan Pressly to drive in Trevor Story from third and give Colorado a 1-0 lead in the 10th. Story opened the inning at second and advanced to third on Charlie Blackmon’s flyball to center.
But the Astros countered with a run in the bottom of the 10th when Kyle Tucker drove in Alex Bregman with a sacrifice fly by Tucker off Yency Almonte.
But the heart of Tuesday’s story was the classic pitching duel between Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela and Astros right-hander Zack Greinke, who both threw eight scoreless innings.
To say that Senzatela was sensational would not be hyperbole. The right-hander blanked the Astros for eight innings, allowing just three singles and hitting a batter. He walked none, struck out six and induced 11 groundball outs.
It was the seventh time in his career that Senzatela has pitched at least seven innings, and the only other time he pitched eight innings was more than three years ago — May 26, 2017 vs. St. Louis.
Still, Senzatela did not get a decision, making him just the third pitcher in franchise history to toss at least eight scoreless innings and not earn the win.
Houston reached as far as second base just twice vs. Senzatela. In the fourth Bregman singled and advanced to second on Gurriel’s single, but Senzatela got Tucker to bounce out to end the inning.
In the sixth, Myles Straw singled and stole second but was stranded when Senzatela struck out Josh Reddick looking and retired Bregman on a grounder to short.
Greinke was vintage Greinke. The 36-year-old right-hander retired the last 14 batters he faced. He allowed just three singles, walked none and struck out seven.
Colorado’s best chance to get to Greinke fizzled in the first. A leadoff single by Garrett Hampson and a two-out single by Nolan Arenado put Hampson in scoring position. But Greinke jammed Daniel Murphy, who popped out harmlessly to third baseman Alex Bregman in foul territory.