A two-game interleague series between the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox features the four players with the most extra-base hits in the majors since 2015. Colorado's duo did its part in the series opener, negating a record-setting effort by Boston's pitching staff and putting the Rockies in position to complete a two-game sweep of the host Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Nolan Arenado, who has a majors-best 359 extra-base hits in the past four-plus seasons, and Charlie Blackmon -- tied for third with J.D. Martinez -- each swatted two-run homers as Colorado snapped Boston's five-game winning streak. Mark Reynolds' 11th-inning RBI single was the difference in the 5-4 victory for the Rockies, who prevailed despite tying a franchise mark by striking out a staggering 24 times. Rookie Michael Chavis, Martinez and Rafael Devers hit solo homers for the Red Sox, who were unable to protect a three-run lead and suffered only their third defeat in 14 games. Boston lost despite setting a major league record by registering 21 strikeouts in nine innings, including 17 from ace Chris Sale -- the most ever recorded by a pitcher in seven frames.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado), NESN (Boston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rockies RH German Marquez (4-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 4.53)
Marquez tied a season high by giving up 10 hits but he managed to limit the damage to two runs while striking out seven over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the San Diego Padres last time out. It marked only the third time in nine starts this season that the 24-year-old Venezuelan failed to pitch six innings, although he was tagged for nine runs and three homers over his previous two turns. Marquez is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and .125 batting average against in four starts away from Coors Field.
Rodriguez has shown steady improvement since he was rocked for 12 runs and 16 hits in losing his first two starts of the season and is coming off his best effort, tossing seven scoreless innings against Seattle on Friday to hike his record to 4-0 in his last six turns. It was the third time in four starts he allowed one run or less and marked the fourth time during his unbeaten streak that he worked six innings. Rodriguez is 3-0 in four home starts, holding opposing hitters to a .193 batting average.
1. Devers is 13-for-27 with two homers and eight RBIs during a six-game hitting streak.
2. Blackmon has four homers in the past three games and six blasts and 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.
3. Boston LHP David Price (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday before a decision is made on his next start.
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Boston Red Sox
- KneeQues Fri | 10-day IL
Pedroia is on the 10-day injured list with left knee irritation. Barring any setbacks, he is eyeing a return for the upcoming series against the Astros that begins Friday.
- IllnessQues Thurs | questionable
Martinez has sat out the past three games due to an illness and a sore back. It is uncertain if the symptoms will subside in time for Thursday's tilt against the Blue Jays.
- ElbowEarly June | 10-day IL
Johnson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation and is expected to be out of action until at least the early part of June.
- ElbowMid June | 10-day IL
Eovaldi has been placed on the 10-day injured list as he is recuperating from surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. He is projected to miss at least six weeks of action.
- ShoulderEarly June | 10-day IL
Holt has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement. He is likely to be idle until at least the start of June.
- RestQues Mon | questionable
Martinez is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Blue Jays as he is getting a breather.
- ElbowProb Mon | probable
Price has been activated from the 10-day injured list after having left elbow tendinitis. He is set to start Monday's game against the Blue Jays.
- PersonalProb Mon | probable
Leon has been activated from paternity leave after the birth of his child. He is set to return Monday against the Blue Jays.
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- ObliqueMid June | 10-day IL
Davis has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain, but he is expected to return sometime in June.
- Kneeout for season | 60-day IL
Anderson is on the 60-day injured list after undergoing season-ending surgery to correct a left knee chondral defect.
- BackEarly June | 10-day IL
Rusin is on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain but is likely to return to the lineup before the beginning of June.
- ElbowOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Musgrave has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a left elbow flexor strain, and it is uncertain when he will return.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Dahl is not expected to play against the Pirates on Wednesday as he is to be rested.
- KneeProb Sat | probable
McGee has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recuperating from a left knee sprain. He is likely to return against the Phillies on Saturday.
- LegProb Fri | probable
Story was forced from the previous game due to a left knee contusion, but it is expected that he will be in Friday's lineup against the Phillies.
- RestQues Wed | questionable
Murphy is unlikely to partake in Wednesday's matchup with the Red Sox due to a day of rest.
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