Goodman leads Rockies past Orioles 4-3 in major league debut as Colorado snaps 6-game skid

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hunter Goodman had two hits and RBI, scoring the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning of his major league debut to lead Colorado over the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Sunday and stop the Rockies' six-game losing streak.

Goodman was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 amateur draft and the 23-year-old was at Double-A before he was moved up to Colorado's top farm team at Albuquerque on Aug. 8. After hitting .371 with nine and 33 RBIs in 15 games with the Isotopes, Goodman was brought up to the Rockies on Sunday when they released Jurickson Profar.

Batting sixth and playing first base, Goodman was 2 for 4. He flied out in the second, struck out in the fifth, hit an RBI single off Ryan Flaherty in the sixth for a 3-1 lead and reached on an infield single against Yennier Cano (1-3) leading off the ninth with the score 4-all.

Goodman advanced on shortstop Gunnar Henderson's throwing error, took third on Michael Toglia's groundout and scored on a groundout by Elias Díaz.

Justin Lawrence (4-6) retired Anthony Santander for the final out of the eighth and struck out two in a perfect ninth.

Colorado (49-81), one loss from its fifth straight losing season, was the first team since 1900 to lose six in a row while holding a lead in the sixth inning or later of all six.

Pinch-hitter Ryan O’Hearn tied the game 3-3 with an eighth-inning homer off Jake Bird

Ryan Mountcastle went 1 for 3 with a walk for AL-best Baltimore (81-49) and has reached base in 34 of his 35 starts since returning from the injured list on July 9.

Rockies starter Ty Blach allowed one and three hits in seven innings with a season-high six strikeouts. He made five starts with the Orioles and entered 0-2 with an 18.47 ERA over 6 1/3 Innings at Camden Yards.

Brendan Rodgers hit an RBI single in the fourth and Michael Toglia homered for a 2-0 lead in the fifth, but Cedric Mullins homered over the right-field scoreboard in the bottom half.

Flaherty, scratched Wednesday because of what the team called general soreness, allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.


The game was delayed for five minutes in the bottom of the first inning because of a swarm of honey bees in left-center field.


Bud Black joined Clint Hurdle as the only people to manager 1,000 games with the Rockies. Black managed 1,362 games with San Diego from 2007-2015 and is the 12th manager to reach the 1,000-game milestone with two clubs.


Rockies: Profar hit .236 with eight homers, 39 RBIs and one stolen base after signing a one-year contract as a free agent that paid him $8.75 million, including a bonus.


Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (9-9, 5.48 ERA) is to make his team-leading 27th start of the season Monday against the Braves and RHP Bryce Elder (10-4, 3.39 ERA).

Orioles: RHP Grayson Rodriguez will make his second career start against the White Sox on Monday against RHP Michael Kopech (5-11, 4.95 ERA).



Todd Karpovich, The Associated Press