Rockies lose again

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ARLINGTON — As if this road trip wasn’t long and uncomfortable enough, the Rockies arrived at Rangers Ballpark to be greeted, rudely again, by nemesis Roy Oswalt.

The Rockies managed nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, but just one run and struck out six times against Oswalt, who outshined Rockies starter Christian Friedrich and won in his Rangers debut, 4-1, in front of a sellout crowd of 46,964.

The loss was the Rockies’ 13th in the last 15 games, and it dropped them to 2-5 on a three-city road trip and 1-12 this season in Interleague Play. The Rockies must win one of the next two with the Rangers to avoid becoming the first team to finish with fewer than two wins in Interleague Play in a season.

The Rockies have a 57-49 record against the AL since 2006, which marks the NL’s best record in Interleague games; however, this year’s lack of success fits with the team’s 26-43 record.

Then again, Rockies success and Oswalt (1-0) are practically mutually exclusive. Oswalt improved to 9-2 with a 1.90 ERA against Colorado while winning his first start since last Sept. 27 for the Phillies. Teams shied away from the free agent during the winter because of back issues. READ MORE>>>