SEATTLE -- Home runs are loud, but games are often lost in the silence of walks. Instead of celebrating a sweep of the Mariners, ill-timed free passes from right-hander Antonio Senzatela meant the Rockies would leave Safeco Field silently after a 6-4 loss on Sunday afternoon.Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez
SEATTLE -- Home runs are loud, but games are often lost in the silence of walks. Instead of celebrating a sweep of the Mariners, ill-timed free passes from right-hander Antonio Senzatela meant the Rockies would leave Safeco Field silently after a 6-4 loss on Sunday afternoon.
Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez launched solo home runs, and Trevor Story added a two-run homer -- one that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth. All the homers came off Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc (5-0).
However, Senzatela, who walked two and hit one during the Mariners' three-run first, gave up a leadoff walk in the sixth and eventually surrendered Ryon Healy's three-run shot that put the Mariners back on top.
"I wasn't trying to walk anybody; it just happened," Senzatela said. "I paid the price for it today."
The loss ended the Rockies' five-game win streak, which had helped them get back into National League West race. The Rockies begin a stretch of six of their next nine games against the first-place D-backs on Tuesday at Coors Field.
"We played well," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "All series, our guys played hard. LeBlanc sort of handcuffed us a little bit, but we got a couple of big swings, fought back from a couple of deficits today and took the lead.
"We've been playing well for a couple of weeks, so we've got to continue."
In his second start this season, after pitching seven scoreless innings while beating the Giants at home on Tuesday, Senzatela (3-2) faced just one baserunner between the second and fifth. Denard Span tripled to open the fourth, but didn't score, because Senzatela forced a grounder from Healy, an infield pop from Guillermo Heredia and a lineout to center by David Freitas.
"I was rushing a little bit with my delivery," Senzatela said of the first inning. "I can't pinpoint anything else.
"I just put in my mind to throw quality pitches down in the zone and make some outs for the team. After the first inning, I did."
It turned out Healy, however, was Senzatela's biggest problem.
With one out and the bases loaded in the first -- on Dee Gordon's single, a Mitch Haniger hit by pitch and a walk to Nelson Cruz -- Kyle Seager delivered a sacrifice fly. But Senzatela walked Span, then served up Healy's two-run double.
Cruz drew the leadoff walk in the sixth and Seager singled. With one out, Healy powered a 2-1 slider for the go-ahead homer.
Blackmon's 17th homer of the season, in the first inning off LeBlanc, gave the Rockies the lead before Senzatela's struggles in the bottom of the first. Gonzalez added his eighth homer in the fifth to cut the difference to 3-2. Story's 17th homer of the season, off LeBlanc, followed Nolan Arenado's two-out single.
Sunday is not a fun day for the Rockies. The loss to the M's dropped them to 3-11, and they've lost their last six Sunday contests.
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Had the Rockies won, Story's opposite-way homer to right field would not have been the only reason.
After Span's triple, Healy hit a hard one-hopper to Story, who was playing slightly in. The ball bounced off the tip of Story's glove, then hung high in the air. Story made a two-handed catch, then spun to deliver a strike to Ian Desmond at first base to retire Healy. It was a key play in a scoreless inning.
Lefty Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.90 ERA) has thrown two straight scoreless, eight-inning outings. He'll face the D-backs and lefty Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.05) in the opener of a three-game set at Coors Field on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. MT.
Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page.