ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nolan Arenado led a 16-hit attack as the Colorado Rockies continued their bashing ways against the Texas Rangers with Wednesday night's 9-2 rout at Globe Life Park.
That's three consecutive wins for the Rockies over the Rangers by a combined score of 29-5. Arenado, Colorado's 23-year-old third baseman, extended his hitting streak to a club record-tying 27 games and drove in two runs.
The first two Colorado wins were in Denver, as the clubs are essentially playing a split home-and-home four-game series this week. The Rangers are looking to salvage at least one game Thursday at home.
The streaking Rockies are 22-14, including 16-6 since April 15. Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa improved to 4-3 after going six innings and allowing two runs on just three hits.
Every member of the Colorado lineup had a hit, with Arenado going 3-for-4. Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, right fielder Charlie Blackmon, left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and center fielder Drew Stubbs also had multiple hits.
Texas (17-17) remains in a tailspin to open its five-game homestand. The Rangers have dropped nine of their last 12 games, often getting blown out during the streak, as they continue to match poor pitching with silent bats.
The Rockies strung together three consecutive hits against Texas starter Colby Lewis with two outs in the first to get on the board. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and LF Carlos Gonzalez got it going with singles, and both scored on third baseman Nolan Arenado's double to left.
Arenado extended his hitting streak to 27 games with the double, tying a club record.
Lewis ran into more trouble in the fourth, as Colorado's first four batters notched hits. The Rockies scored five times in the inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
Catcher Michael McKenry and right fielder Charlie Blackmon each had run-scoring singles, with designated hitter Corey Dickerson and adding sacrifice flies. Gonzalez's solo home run to right-center ended Lewis' night.
The Rockies added two runs in the fifth against Texas reliever Scott Baker, who was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day. Center fielder Drew Stubbs doubled and scored in second baseman's D.J. LeMahieu's triple. Dickerson singled to bring LeMahieu home for a 9-2 advantage.
The lifeless Rangers were held in check by Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa, who didn't allow a hit until left fielder Michael Choice singled in the fourth. Third baseman Adrian Beltre followed with a two-run shot to center, his 100th career homer for Texas.
NOTES: Texas had a different No. 2 hitter in the lineup for the fifth consecutive game. LF Michael Choice had that honor Wednesday, following CF Leonys Martin, OF Daniel Robertson, INF Josh Wilson and SS Elvis Andrus. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado's first-inning double extended his hitting streak to 27, tying the club record set by OF Michael Cuddyer last season. Arenado's streak is the longest in the Majors this season, and the longest by anyone 23 or younger since Albert Pujols (then 23) had a 30-game streak in 2003. ... Wednesday began an eight-day, seven-game road trip for Colorado.