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Rockies keep rolling behind Hilliard, Senzatela to beat A's

Colorado improved to 3-1 on the season with a road win on Tuesday night.
Credit: AP Photo/Ben Margot
Colorado Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Oakland, Calif.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Sam Hilliard homered for the first time this season, Antonio Senzatela pitched out of an early jam on his way to a rare road win, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Charlie Blackmon had two hits, David Dahl drove in a pair of runs and Nolan Arenado made up for an uncharacteristic fielding error with a single and sacrifice fly to help the Rockies to their third straight win following an opening day loss to Texas.

Hilliard was hitless going into the day before doubling off A’s starter Daniel Mengden in the second and then homering in the fourth. Hilliard, who homered in his major league debut last August, laced a 2-2 pitch into the right-field stands after Raimel Tapia singled.

Credit: AP Photo/Ben Margot
Colorado Rockies' Sam Hilliard (22) celebrates with Raimel Tapia, right, after hitting a two run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Oakland, Calif.

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Senzatela worked himself into an early jam but got Oakland slugger Khris Davis to pop out with the bases loaded in the first on the way to his first win on the road since July 5, 2019. The right-hander had dropped five straight away from home since then.

Senzatela (1-0) allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Tyler Kinley, Daniel Bard and Carlos Estévez combined to two-hit the A’s over the final four innings.

Ramon Laureano had two hits and Mark Canha added a sacrifice fly for the A’s, who were attempting to go 4-1 for the first time since 2010.

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Oakland manager Bob Melvin had been hopeful of resting his taxed bullpen but didn’t get the chance after Mengden (0-1) lasted four innings and gave up three runs on five hits. 

The Rockies tacked on a pair in the fifth with four consecutive one-out hits and a sacrifice fly off A’s reliever Jordan Weems in his major league debut. They scored three more in the eighth.

MILESTONE, BUT NO HITS

Davis moved into second place in games played by A’s designated hitters but continued to struggle at the plate. He struck out twice, popped up and hit into a double play in four at-bats, dropping the Oakland slugger to 0 for 15 this season.

The game marked the 356th for Davis as the A’s DH, moving him past Mitchell Page on the franchise list. Davis will have to wait until next season to break Dave Kingman’s mark of 428.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Mengden pitched in a game for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in February. He was moved into the rotation as left-hander A.J. Puk deals with a strained throwing shoulder that landed him on the injured list to start the season and required cortisone and platelet-rich plasma injections. … T.J. McFarland, Jake Diekman and Yusmeiro Petit, all of whom pitched three times in Oakland’s first four games, were rested. “We’ve extended our guys a lot, to the point where it’s a little uncomfortable,” Melvin said before the game.

UP NEXT

The two-game series ends Wednesday afternoon when Oakland’s Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.25 ERA) makes his second start of the season against Colorado’s Germán Márquez (0-1, 1.59) in a matchup of right-handers. Marquez’s loss on opening day was his first in 16 interleague starts.

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