Ellis, Nicasio star as Rockies pound Royals
gave the Rockies an immediate lift in his Colorado Rockies debut, and had the best start of his young career as the Rockies walloped the Kansas City Royals 9-0 for just their second win in the past five games.
Ellis, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, singled through the hole at shortstop in the first, and the ball from Ellis’ first National League hits was tossed to the Rockies’ dugout for Ellis to keep. After popping out in the third, Ellis hit a two-run homer in the fifth and doubled home a run in the three-run sixth. He grounded back to the pitcher in the eighth.
Nicasio, making his seventh career start, pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed three singles, one an infield hit, and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base. He threw 111 pitches, 71 strikes, with two walks and four strikeouts. He got 17 outs on ground balls.
hit his 16th homer, a two-run shot in the third off starter Danny Duffy. doubled home two runs in the sixth off Nate Adcock. It was the 542nd double of Helton’s career, tying him with Hall of Famer Harry Heilman for 25th all-time.
, pinch-hitting for , led off the ninth with his first career homer. Facing Royals closer Joakim Soria, Blackmon drove an 0-2 pitch into the Rockies bullpen in right-center.
_ The shutout win was the Rockies fifth of the season and third at home. They have been blanked three times, twice at home.
_ The Royals only at-bat with a runner in scoring position came with two out in the ninth. Facing , Jeff Francouer flied to in deep left-center to end the game.
_ Helton went 4-for-5, raising his average 10 points to .318, the highest it has been since he was hitting .319 on June 12. This was Helton’s second four-hit game of the season; he went 4-for-4 with two doubles, one homer and one RBI on June 8 at San Diego.
_ Nicasio lowered his ERA from 5.08 to 4.10. This was the longest start of his career, topping the seven innings he threw May 29 in his major league debut against the Cardinals. He threw a career-high 111 pitches; his previous high pitch count was 108 on June 14 in six innings against the Padres.