DENVER—Aaron Sanchez kept the Colorado Rockies’ potent offence grounded yesterday.
He induced 14 groundouts—a great idea at Coors Field.
Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings while Josh Donaldson homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Rockies.
Sanchez (8-1) allowed six hits, struck out three, and walked two in extending his unbeaten streak to 12 games.
“Any time you can keep the ball on the ground, especially here in Coors Field, that’s big,” Sanchez said.
“I felt like I did have everything working today.”
The Jays won their first-ever series in Denver and their first overall since June 13-16 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Roberto Osuna gave up RBI doubles to Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso, and put the tying run in scoring position, with one out in the ninth.
He then hit Charlie Blackmon to load the bases before Cristhian Adames was called out on a controversial third strike to end the game.
“I can’t tell if he swung or not,” said Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss.
“He may have swung but I still think with the game on the line, the third base umpire is down there for a reason,” he added.
Tyler Anderson (0-2) allowed the homer to Donaldson with two outs in the third and an RBI single to Troy Tulowitzki two batters later to give Toronto a 3-0 lead.
Junior Lake and Edwin Encarnacion also drove in runs for the Jays.
Ryan Goins scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to push the lead to 5-1.
Toronto finished its road trip 3-3.
“They say if you finish .500 on your road trip, that’s a pretty good road trip,” said Donaldson.
“Obviously we wanted to win more games, but we were able to kind of salvage the road trip today.”
In the seventh, Sanchez allowed a single and two walks to load the bases, but left unscathed after inducing pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn into an inning-ending double play.
He followed it with a hitless eighth.
Detroit beat Miami 10-3, Baltimore doubled San Diego 12-6, Cleveland blanked Atlanta 3-0, Kansas City edged St. Louis 3-2 (12 innings), Oakland upended San Francisco 7-1, and Pittsburgh dumped Seattle 8-1.