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Castillo shuts down Rockies, Raleigh homers as Seattle beats Colorado 7-0 in 33-degree chill – The Durango Herald

Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez follows his swing after hitting an RBI single off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Dakota Hudson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched two-hit ball over seven innings to win for the first time in five starts this season, Cal Raleigh homered among a career-high four hits and the Seattle Mariners overcame intermittent rain and snow to win the Colorado beat Rockies 7-0 Saturday night.

Julio Rodríguez added four hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who sent the Rockies to a sixth straight loss and dropped Colorado to 4-16 — with four of the losing shutouts. The 20-game start is the worst in Rockies history.

The temperature at the first ball was 33 degrees and dropped to 31 degrees during the match.

A split doubleheader is scheduled for Sunday to make up for the postponement of the series opener Friday due to a storm that left 12 inches of snow over Denver.

Castillo (1-4) struck out nine and walked one, lowering his ERA from 5.82 to 4.40. Last year he recorded a perfect game bid in the seventh inning against the Rockies.

Elias Díaz lined a drive to center with two outs in the fourth and Sean Bouchard hit a high infield pop-up that fell for a single in the fifth when first baseman Ty France lost the ball in the lights.

Dakota Hudson (0-4) gave up four runs – three earned – six hits and five walks in three innings. He has lost five straight starts and six decisions dating back to September of last year.

Raleigh led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the season, an opposite-field drive into the left-field stands. He added an RBI single for a 2-0 lead in the third.

Jonatan Clase hit a two-run single in a four-run fifth off Victor Vodnik, and a third run was scored when the ball skipped under right fielder Bouchard’s glove and rolled to the warning track due to an error. Clase also tried to score, but was thrown out at home when second baseman Alan Trejo passed Bouchard’s throw to catcher Elias Díaz.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: 2B Brendan Rodgers missed a fourth straight game due to illness, but has improved and could return to the lineup as soon as Sunday. “Rodgers is better,” manager Bud Black said. “I want to give him another day to gain some strength.”

NEXT ONE

Seattle RHP George Kirby (2-2, 6.64 ERA) will start the first game against Colorado RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 5.57 ERA) on Sunday and Mariners RHP Emerson Hancock (1-2, 7.98 ERA) will start the second game against Rockies RHP Peter Lambert (2-0, 2.31 ERA).

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo works against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo works against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Seattle Mariners’ Cal Raleigh, right, crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run as Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz looks on in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies’ Alan Trejo breaks his bat while hitting a force out against Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Luis Castillo in the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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