Rangers-Rockies preview

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will finish an eight-game homestand and complete their home portion of interleague play with two games against the Texas Rangers, starting Monday.

The clubs will play two games in Texas on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Rockies are 8-8 against American League teams this season and 4-4 at Coors Field. The Rangers are 7-4 against clubs from the National League and 4-2 on the road.

The Rockies won two of three from the Rangers at Coors Field in 2015 and are 10-6 against them at Coors Field. Colorado leads the all-time series 15-14.

The first-place Rangers, who hold a seven-game lead over the second-place Seattle Mariners in the AL West, are 31-30 on the road and 34-17 at home. At 65-47, the Rangers have the best record in the AL and have won seven of their past 10 games and 10 of their past 15.

They are 3-3 on an eight-game, three-time-zone trip that ends in Colorado after stops in Baltimore (1-2) and Houston (2-1).

Left-hander Cole Hamels, who is 12-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 22 starts, will take the mound Monday. He has the lowest road ERA in the AL, 1.90 ERA, and he has an 8-2 record away from Arlington.

Hamels is 4-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 10 career starts against the Rockies, including 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts at Coors Field.

Carlos Beltran didn't play Sunday for the Rangers after leaving the Saturday night game with a bruised left quadriceps, an injury that occurred on a play at the plate. Beltran started that game in right field after being used as the designated hitter in four straight games after being acquired Aug. 1 from the New York Yankees.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he planned to play Beltran in the outfield in at least one of the two games at Coors Field and would see how the veteran feels Monday. However, with no DH in an NL park, the Rangers can rest Beltran for two games until the teams play in Texas on Wednesday. Beltran would give the Rangers a potent bat off the bench at Coors Field, but he will try to be ready to play Monday.

“If I feel good, I'll let the manager know, and he'll decide,” Beltran said. “My job is to be ready.”

Left-hander Tyler Anderson, 4-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 career starts, will start Monday for the Rockies. He pitched a career-high seven innings in his last outing, earning a win by allowing just two runs on six hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Anderson's ERA is the lowest for a Rockies starter through 10 starts in franchise history.

He is 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in seven starts at Coors Field, where he has won each of his past four starts.

The Rockies (55-56) have split the first six games of their homestand, winning two of three from the Dodgers and then dropping two of three to the Marlins. Miami earned a 10-7 win Sunday that was spiced with a seventh-inning triple by Ichiro Suzuki, his 3,000th hit in the major leagues.

The Rockies, who are 28-27 at home, are four games behind the Marlins for the second NL wild card. The St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates also are ahead of the Rockies in the wild-card scramble.

“There's so many games left, I think 50 or more,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said after Sunday's loss. “There's a lot of games left. There's a lot of room to get better, but you got to move on.

“I think when you're in these (kind of) races, you got to move on quick. Tomorrow we got the Rangers coming to town, and we got to be ready for that. But if we keep the mindset and keep playing the way we're playing and what we're doing, I think we're going to be all right.”