German Marquez pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs (both in the second inning), and Trevor Story drove in seven runs with two home runs and a double. He also walked and scored on a Nolan Arenado double in the second.
The Blue Jays scored their final four runs in the eighth inning off Scott Rusin, who had been activated from the injured list earlier in the day and was making his 2019 debut.
Not that it mattered.
Nope, the Rockies took control early and never looked back. They scored four runs in the first and third innings, and two runs in the second, which gave them a 10-2 lead through four innings of play.
It was the perfect ending to an impressive month for Marquez, who not only has become the No. 1 starter for the Rockies, but found himself among the baseball pitching elite in terms of his run production.
Marquez drove in nine runs, five more than any other pitcher in the month of May, and equaling the second highest RBI total for May in MLB history. Bucky Walters set the record with 14 RBI with the 1934 Red Sox. Marquez is one of six players to drive in nine runs in the month of May as a pitcher. He is the first to reach the nine RBI total since Camilo Pascual of the Twins in 1962.
On the Mound
Marquez allowed two runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings. Both runs scored in the second inning, which Randal Grichuk led off with a home run. It was the ninth time this season a Rockies starter has worked at least seven innings -- the sixth time for Marquez. Kyle Freeland went seven innings in the season opener, and Jon Gray has gone seven innings twice.
At the Plate
Trevor Story drove in seven runs with two home runs, and a bases-loaded double. He also walked, scoring a total of four runs. Nolan Arenado had three RBI with two doubles and two singles. The Rockies had a season-high 13 runs, equaled their second highest hit total with 17, and saw Story equal the fifth highest RBI total for a game with seven.
Did You Know . . .
-- The Rockies scored 183 runs in May, tied for the fourth-most in franchise history in any single month, the most since the 2006 Rockies scored 199 runs in September. The franchise record is 209 in June of 1996 followed by the 199 runs September of 2006 and 187 in August of 1996. They also scored 183 runs in May of 2000.
-- Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 10 games (22-for-46) with his 10th game of the season with three or more hits.
-- Jesus Tinoco made his major-league debut, working the ninth inning for the Rockies. He allowed a double and struck out two.
-- Blue Jays 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded his third three-hit game of the season, his second in his last five games. He hit his sixth home run of the season in the eighth inning off Chris Rusin. It was his first home run off a left-handed pitcher. Guerrero's third inning single was measured at 116.3 MPH, tied for the sixth-hardest hit ball of the season by Statcast. His 118.9 MPH single May 11 is the hardest hit ball of the season according to Statcast.
-- Blue Jays starter Edwin Jackson allowed 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. Surprised? Don't be. He has the highest career ERA at Coors Field (14.67) in history. Jackson is with his record-setting 14th different team (and has made two different stops with the Washington Nationals).