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Rockies lose fifth straight as bullpen falters again vs. Orioles

BALTIMORE — The gut punches keep coming for the reeling Rockies.

The Orioles staged an eighth-inning rally Friday night for a 5-4 victory. Gunnar Henderson ripped a two-run homer off reliever Brent Suter for the tying and go-ahead runs, sending the crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards into a frenzy.

Suter hung a 1-0 slider and Henderson didn’t miss.

The Rockies’ losing streak grew to five games, and it’s the most brutal stretch of the season. The Rockies have been in the lead, or tied for the lead, in the eighth inning in each game of those five losses. It’s the first time this has happened in franchise history, and last happened in MLB from in 1970 from May 26-30 with the Montreal Expos.

The loss spoiled strong performances by shortstop Ezequiel Tovar and starter Kyle Freeland.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland throws to the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland throws to the Baltimore Orioles during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Tovar keeps adding milestones to his extra-special rookie season. His two-run homer in the fifth inning off of lefty Cole Irving put Colorado ahead, 4-2. His home run to center field was his 15th of the season, making him the fifth rookie in franchise history to reach 15 homers. He passed Matt Holliday (14 in 2004), and joined the honor roll of Wilin Rosario (28 in 2012), Trevor Story (27 in 2016), Todd Helton (25 in 1998) and Troy Tulowitzki (24 in 2007).

Freeland’s night began on an ominous note, but he hung tough.

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