Wasted opportunities cost Rockies in series-opening loss to Detroit

The Rockies stranded 11 baserunners as they began a nine-game homestand.

Mark Reynolds leans away from a pitch in the first inning. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)
Mark Reynolds leans away from a pitch in the first inning. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)
Mark Reynolds leans away from a pitch in the first inning. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports)

By Pat Graham, Associated Press

Nicholas Castellanos had three hits, including a two-run triple, and Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from early trouble to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Monday night.

The Rockies stranded 11 baserunners as they began a nine-game homestand. Their lead for the second NL wild-card spot dwindled to three games over idle Milwaukee.

Zimmermann (8-11) went five innings and allowed three runs — all in the second inning. He settled down to move his career mark to 7-0 against the Rockies in 11 career starts.

Shane Greene struck out two of three in the ninth for his sixth save. He fanned Mark Reynolds to end the game.

Antonio Senzatela (10-5) never found his command in allowing four runs over 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander has bounced between the starting rotation, the minors and the bullpen since he was the NL rookie of the month in April.

Trailing 3-2 in the third, Castellanos laced a two-run triple into the corner to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It was Castellanos’ AL-leading 10th triple of the season. He also had an RBI single in the first.

Detroit’s bullpen came up big in a pivotal sixth. After Warwick Saupold worked his way into a one-out, bases-loaded situation, he struck out Nolan Arenado on a pitch off the plate. Lefty Daniel Stumpf was summoned to face Gerardo Parra and struck him out with a fastball. Stumpf screamed as he walked off the mound.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera left the game in the fifth inning with lower back tightness. He went 0 for 1 with two walks and a run scored.

Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run homer off Zimmermann. He finished 3 for 4.