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Rays power past Rox, bring end to road skid

July 20, 2016

DENVER -- Blake Snell turned in six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, Evan Longoria continued his power surge at altitude and the Rays powered past the Rockies with a 10-1 win at Coors Field on Tuesday to snap an 11-game losing streak on the road after inclement weather delayed the

DENVER -- Blake Snell turned in six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, Evan Longoria continued his power surge at altitude and the Rays powered past the Rockies with a 10-1 win at Coors Field on Tuesday to snap an 11-game losing streak on the road after inclement weather delayed the first pitch for two hours.
The Rays opened the floodgates with five runs in the third, stringing together three straight extra-base hits from the top of the lineup, including Longoria's towering two-run homer, which left the ballpark at an estimated distance of 462 feet, per Statcast™. That was enough to give Snell the second win of his career, with his nine strikeouts a career best.
"Long day at the ballpark, that always adds to it when you win, especially in the fashion that we did," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Blake Snell was really good. He hadn't made many starts, but that was about as good as we've seen."
Entering the game, the Rays had dropped 25 of their last 29 and were two losses shy of tying a franchise-worst record string of road defeats. During their skid away from Tropicana Field they had been outscored, 71-29.
Charlie Blackmon was the only member of the Rockies to get a hit off Snell; his single in the fourth inning extended his hitting streak to a season-high-tying 11 games. Trevor Story's homer in the ninth inning, his second in as many games, saved the Rockies from being shut out for the second time in three games.
"He's difficult," Story said. "He's got good stuff. He had three good pitches working tonight, and he was on tonight. He mixed speeds and kept us off balance."

Longoria's long ball: The Rays had a three-run lead when Longoria went deep, but it was his big fly that gave the Rays a comfortable cushion and rattled Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, who left the next inning after facing six more batters. Longoria is now 4-for-9 for the series, with two triples, the homer and four RBIs.
"It's a good hitter's ballpark," Longoria said. "It's just a big outfield. You see the ball really well, and the surface is great. It's a fun ballpark to play in."

Story stays productive: Story was one of three Rockies to reach base, walking twice against Snell and hitting a single and homer off reliever Matt Andriese in his only four plate apperances. Story went 0-for-16 after sustaining a bruised right middle finger when the D-backs' Silvino Bracho hit him with a pitch but is now 11-for-27 in his last nine games with four home runs.
"He's putting together a lot of good at-bats," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "There's a lot of life in that bat, a lot of thunder in that bat. So when he squares up, he hits it hard." More >
Snell's strong start: Snell, who began the season ranked as the Rays' top prospect per, continues to prove his worth after taking Andriese's spot in the rotation last month. He twice struck out All-Star Nolan Arenado and Blackmon while lowering his ERA to a respectable 3.11.
"Being able to face [Arenado], it was exciting for me, because I know how good he is," Snell said. "He's Nolan Arenado." More >

Lyles strong in relief: When Chatwood was lifted after 3-plus innings, Jordan Lyles did his part to mop up. Lyles held the Rays scoreless on three hits over four frames with two strikeouts and one walk. Since being recalled on June 20 to serve in a relief role, Lyles has a 2.63 ERA, compared with his 8.55 ERA this season as a starter.
"Jordan's done a nice job out of the bullpen," Weiss said. "The changeup has been a good pitch for him. The cutter-slider. He's commanding the fastball. He's throwing the ball real well."
"I didn't throw any curveballs tonight, and it's always been my best pitch. I threw a lot of fastballs and didn't miss barrels and kind of put us in a hole. I lost the game for us, pretty much. At some point you've got to make an adjustment, and I didn't make an adjustment." -- Chatwood
"I hit it about as good as I could hit it. I don't really care how far they go, as long as they get out. But it is fun to kind of jog right out of the box and not have to worry about sprinting and if it's going to get over the fence." -- Longoria
Longoria's home run ended Chatwood's 52-inning homerless streak, which was the third-longest active streak in baseball. White Sox reliever Dan Jennings has the longest streak (67 innings), followed by Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (54 2/3 innings).
"I left a pitch right down the middle to probably the hottest hitter in their lineup right now," Chatwood said. "It just wasn't a good pitch."

The Rays got out of a potential jam in the second inning when they challenged a safe call on Story's stolen-base attempt. After a review, the umpires overturned the call, which resulted in the third out of the inning.

Rays:Chris Archer will be looking to build off a strong start against Baltimore in which he retired the first seven batters he faced, and 12 of the first 13, when the Rays and Rockies conclude their series at 3:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Archer has the most losses in the Majors, with 13, but has shown signs of promise. He's 3-5 with a 3.20 ERA in Interleague Play, but before a June 17 loss to the Giants, he hadn't pitched against a National League team since June 2014.
Rockies:Jorge De La Rosa will take the mound on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. MT for the rubber game of the three-game set against the Rays. De La Rosa has not allowed more than three runs in any of his six starts since returning to the rotation. He has a 2.68 ERA during that stretch.
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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for based in Denver.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for based in Denver and covered the Rays on Tuesday.