Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Carlos Gonzalez clubbed a two-run homer and
Jorge De La Rosa spun six strong innings of three-hit ball as the Colorado
Rockies blanked the New York Yankees, 2-0, on Tuesday in the opener of a
three-game set at Coors Field.
De La Rosa (3-3) walked one and fanned a pair before Matt Belisle and Rex
Brothers each tossed a hitless inning of relief. Rafael Betancourt worked
around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his ninth save.
Josh Rutledge registered three hits and scored once for the Rockies, who
dropped two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend.
Hiroki Kuroda (4-2) was a hard-luck loser, scattering seven hits -- including
Gonzalez's homer -- while striking out three over seven solid frames in the
setback, New York's third in its last four games.
Kuroda held the Rockies down for much of the contest until Rutledge smacked a
two-out single to center in the sixth.
Gonzalez then worked a full count before launching a fastball over the wall in
right-center field to give Colorado a 2-0 lead.
Belisle and Brothers then blanked the visitors in the seventh and eighth,
respectively, before Betancourt took the mound to start the ninth.
Jayson Nix opened the final frame with a single, but was quickly wiped away on
Robinson Cano's fielder's choice to second.
Betancourt then fanned Vernon Wells and Brett Gardner to secure the victory.
Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was held out the Rockies' lineup with a
sore left groin ... De La Rosa improved to 3-0 in four games (three starts)
against the Yankees ... New York went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position
and left five on base ... Nix had two of New York's four hits.
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