DENVER (AP) Charlie Blackmon, Sam Hilliard and Ryan McMahon hit home runs, Germany’s Marquez overcame a tough inning for his first victory this season and the Colorado Rockies snapped a five-game skid by beating the Royals of Kansas City 10-4 Saturday night.
Hilliard homered for the second time in as many games, hitting a three-run drive in Colorado’s third four-run and adding a sacrificial fly in the fifth. Brendan Rodgers had a pair of hits, including an RBI double.
“It’s huge for the team,” Hilliard said after the Rockies scored 10 points for the second straight game, despite losing 14-10 to the Royals in Game 1 of the series on Friday.
“It’s good to see the Bats starting to play back-to-back home games,” he added. “I think we’re looking forward to doing the same tomorrow.”
Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the third, the only frame in which the Royals scored against Marquez (1-3), who went six innings and allowed three runs and three hits. He struck out six and walked one. In his previous six starts, Marquez was 0-3 with a 6.47 ERA.
“He was frustrated and disappointed with what happened in his first five or six starts,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I think how he is now can be put behind him. Hopefully we can see him land a few starts like tonight.
Marquez said he has been working on his mechanics for the past few weeks and is starting to see results.
“Everything was working today,” Marquez said. “I had command of the fastball, the breaking ball was good. I’ve been working hard, man, all through this month and today was good. I’m happy.”
Kansas City’s Bobby Witt Jr. homered for the second time this season, a solo shot in the seventh against reliever Ashton Goudeau. Whit Merrifield had an RBI single while extending his team record by playing his 500th straight game.
Royals starter Carlos Hernandez went four innings and allowed a career-high nine runs and eight hits in his first career appearance against the Rockies and his first at Coors Field.
Hernandez (0-3) walked the first batter he faced and Blackmon followed with a homer over the right-center field fence in the Rockies bullpen. Dom Nunez’ sacrificial volley in the second gave Colorado a 3-0 lead.
Kansas City tied in the third before the Rockies broke through for four late-inning runs on Hilliard’s homer and Jose Iglesias’ RBI single, up 7-3.
Merrifield’s 500 consecutive games is the longest active streak in major tournaments and the longest since Prince Fielder played in 547 straight from September 14, 2010 to May 16, 2014.
“He’s just showing up and he’s ready to go,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said before the game. “He’s been blessed to be healthy, but a lot of it’s just that he’s taking really good care of himself too.”
Cal Ripken Jr. holds the major league record, playing 2,632 consecutive games.
Hilliard had gone 0-for-18 in six previous games before homering on consecutive nights, including his first of the season in Friday’s loss to the Royals.
“The first home run of the year for me was a big sigh of relief, especially later in the year than they usually are for me,” Hilliard said. “It felt like a lot of weight was lifted off my shoulders after hitting that. It was just pressure I was putting on myself but it’s good to feel that relief. Key for me, even on the home runs, was just trying to keep it simple no matter how I’m doing. If I can stick to that approach and not ride the highs and lows, I’ll be in a good position.
Rockies: OF Kris Bryant, sidelined since April 26 with a lower back injury, completed a full batting practice before the game. There is no timetable for his return yet, however.
Royals LHP Daniel Lynch (2-2, 4.01 ERA) is set to start Sunday’s series finale against Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (2-3, 4.36 ERA).
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