It was one of those nights when everything fell for a hot-hitting Colorado team. And it was one of those nights when Mitch Moreland threw the only 1-2-3 inning for the Ranger pitching staff.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The Rockies exploded for six runs in the sixth inning alone to blow the game wide open, and recorded 21 hits overall en route to a 12-1 win over the Rangers Tuesday night.
Ranger starter Robbie Ross left the game after allowing 12 hits in 5.1 innings, handing the ball over to Alexi Ogando. Ogando would throw 32 pitches and give up six hits, including five consecutive two-out, RBI hits.
Carlos Gonzalez plated the third run of the inning with his third RBI single of the evening. Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki smacked RBI extra-base hits, while Justin Morneau, Charlie Culberson and Jordan Pacheco rounded out the offensive outburst with run-scoring singles.
Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 Tuesday night, raising his batting average at Coors Field to .608 (31-for-51) for the year. The reigning NL Player of the Month is hitting at a league-leading .421 clip overall in 2014.
With his underwhelming outing Tuesday, Ogando has now surrendered at least one run in four of his last five outings. He has nine earned runs on 15 hits to his ledger in just 4.1 innings during that span.
Ross has allowed 23 hits over 8.2 innings in his last two outings combined.
Drew Stubbs homered, and Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 26 games with an RBI double down the left field line, in the seventh inning to cap the Colorado scoring output.
The two clubs traded home runs in the first inning.
Adrian Beltre’s first homer of the season was a two-out, solo blast on a 3-1 pitch that sailed into the Ranger bullpen to score the lone Ranger run. Blackmon retaliated with a solo shot of his own to lead off the bottom of the first, and a sac fly by Nolan Arenado plated the second Rockies run.
Colorado put runners on the corners with no outs in the third and fifth innings, and Gonzalez delivered an RBI single in each frame. Both run-scoring hits plated Drew Stubbs and advanced Troy Tulowitzki to second.
Arenado hit into a double play in each at-bat following Gonzalez’ RBI singles - a grounder in the third, and a line drive in the fifth.
Texas stranded two runners on the bases in the third, fifth and seventh innings, and three more in the eighth. Two Rangers baserunners reached third base outside of Beltre’s home run: Robbie Ross in the third inning, and pinch-hitter Moreland in the eighth.
Ross recorded his first career walk as a hitter, just the second time he had ever been on base. He was ruled safe on a fifth-inning infield single, but the Rockies challenged the ruling and Ross’s first career hit was overturned.
The Rangers’ no. 2 hitter Leonys Martin, who had hit second in the order in just three games (all last season) went 0-for-2 Tuesday night before being replaced by Daniel Robertson. Texas’s second hitters filling in for Elvis Andrus over the last three games have combined to go 0-for-12.
Andrus was 1-for-3 with an infield single Tuesday, hitting in the no. 8 spot in the order.
Moreland threw the cleanest inning of the night for Texas. Mitch threw 15 pitches - including a couple 94 mph fastballs - on his way to a three-up, three-down frame in which he broke the bat of Blackmon, a .358 hitter on the year.
The Rockies were 21-for-42 overall, but 0-for-3 against the Ranger designated hitter.
The Rangers will return home in hopes that they aren’t in a position to let Moreland show off his stuff on the bump. The two teams will play the back half of a four-game home and home series with Colorado at Globe Life Park starting Wednesday night.