Jorge De La Rosa Shelled Again as Rockies Lose
The Colorado Rockies said that Jorge De La Rosa was ready to return to their rotation. From all indications on Tuesday night in Boston, De La Rosa still has a lot of work to do to get back to his winning ways.
In his first start in nearly a month, De La Rosa was shelled for seven runs and nine hits in 3.1 innings as the Boston Red Sox opened a three-game series against the Rockies at Fenway Park with an 8-3 decision.
Colorado’s all-time winningest pitcher went less than five innings for the fifth time in his six starts this season. De La Rosa went on the disabled list with a groin injury sporting a 10.18 ERA. That ballooned to 11.41 after Tuesday’s nightmarish outing as De La Rosa fell to 1-4 on the season.
In an eerily similar situation to what the Rockies faced on Monday in Pittsburgh with Jordan Lyles on the mound, Boston jumped on the Colorado starting pitcher early, forcing the Rockies to have to play from behind from the opening inning.
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The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take a quick 2-0 lead. Colorado would fight back, thanks to an RBI triple by Gerardo Parra in the top of the second to slice the Boston advantage to 2-1.
De La Rosa, however, could do little to slow the Boston offense, which answered by sending seven men to the plate in the bottom of the frame. A sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts capped the inning and gave the Red Sox a 4-1 edge.
Charlie Blackmon gave the Rockies a bit of momentum in the top of the third with a homer to right to once again cut the Red Sox lead in half at 4-2. Blackmon’s blast, however, would be just one of six Colorado hits on the evening.
Boston would ice the game in the bottom of the fourth and send De La Rosa to the showers. A two-run double by David Ortiz was critical and, one batter later, De La Rosa plunked Hanley Ramirez. That would spell the end for Jorge De La Rosa, who hit as many batters (one) as he struck out on the night. He also issued three walks.
Ortiz would prove to be Colorado’s biggest nemesis at the plate, going 2-for-4 with four RBI, part of Boston’s 12-hit attack.
Eddie Butler, Justin Miller and Chad Qualls finished the night for the Rockies on the hill and held Boston to an unearned run over the last 4.2 innings.
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Colorado (21-23) has now lost five of six games and will look to Chad Bettis (4-2, 4.18 ERA) to right the ship on Wednesday night when he takes the mound against Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright (3-4, 2.52 ERA).