Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' seven home runs, driving in four in a 17-4 beatdown of the Reds on Tuesday.
Arenado finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs scored as he and his teammates pounded out 19 hits, 14 going for extra bases. The home runs gave Arenado 16 on the year, tops in the National League, and his 43 RBI are also a league best. The 25-year-old is hitting .287/.358/.590 through 195 at-bats.
Eric Surkamp did not pitch long enough to qualify for the win in Tuesday's showdown with the Twins, allowing three runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
This was Surkamp's first start since May 11. The A's sent him to the minors for several weeks before calling him back up against the Twins. He struck out just two in his return. Tuesday's outing wasn't a disaster, but with a 6.41 ERA and 1.95 WHIP through six starts, there is little to suggest a fantasy light at the end of this tunnel.
Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.
The Rockies thumped the Reds in the game, but Bruce had a shot at a memorable night if only he could have found a single. He'll surely take three extra-base hits as a consolation, including his 10th home run. The 29-year-old is hitting .272/.323/.549 with 33 RBI and 28 runs scored through 47 games.
Tyler Duffey was knocked around in Tuesday's loss to the A's, yielding five runs on 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Duffey did strike out six against one walk, but that was just about the only encouraging aspect of Tuesday's start. The A's profited off their 10-hit evening by scoring once in the second, twice in the third and twice in the fifth. With the rough outing under his belt, the 25-year-old Duffey now holds a 4.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 36/9 K/BB ratio across seven starts (41 1/3 innings). A home date against the Rays shows next on his schedule.
Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI in a lopsided win over the Reds on Tuesday.
Blackmon led off the Rockies' half of the first inning with a solo shot, and he later hit a grand slam in the seventh. Blackmon is the owner of a modest nine-game hitting streak, with four home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs scored in that stretch. He's hitting a robust .301/.347/.510 atop the Rockies' lineup this season.
Steve Pearce made an early exit Tuesday against the Royals after aggravating his right elbow.
Pearce has been dealing with flareups of inflammation in the elbow for much of the season, and a check swing Monday followed by a dive for a grounder Tuesday have left him in bad shape. We'd expect some off days to be coming. Pearce was 0-for-2 on Tuesday night before getting replaced at second base by Taylor Motter.
Carlos Gonzalez homered in his fourth consecutive game Tuesday against the Reds.
CarGo had one of the team's seven home runs on the evening, finishing 3-for-5 with two RBI in the contest. The outfielder has been one of the league's most dangerous hitters during a nine-game hitting streak that has included his homer binge, as he's 19-for-37 with five homers, nine RBI and 11 runs scored in that time. Gonzalez is hitting .312/.354/.533 with 10 homers, 22 RBI and 35 runs scored overall.
Jon Moscot allowed seven runs, including four home runs, over two innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.
The young right-hander got a rude greeting in his first start off the disabled list, giving up eight hits in total. In fact, after the first three batters Moscot was already down 3-0, and the Rockies would plate two more in the inning. Coors Field is a different animal, but the 24-year-old now has eight homers allowed through four starts. He'll try to work on his 7.13 ERA and 1.70 WHIP Sunday against the Nationals.