PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead the Colorado Rockies to an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Hoffman (2-0) also got his first big league hit and the National League-leading Rockies continued to cruise away from home. They lead the majors with a 16-7 road record and are 5-2 on their season-long 10-game road trip.

The 22-year-old Hoffman, rated Colorado’s No. 2 prospect, made his second start of the season.


YANKEES 4, ROYALS 2: Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and New York again beat Kansas City’s Jason Vargas with a win at home.

A reversed umpire’s call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week.

The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the left-hander fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup.

TWINS 14, ORIOLES 7: Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and Minnesota roared back to win at Baltimore.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Orioles bullpen.

ANGELS 3, RAYS 2: Jefry Marte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to help Los Angeles win at St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Angels, who have won six of eight, pushed across the winning run without a hit in the seventh inning against Tampa Bay relievers Jumbo Diaz (0-3) and Ryne Stanek.


REDS 5, INDIANS 1: Scott Feldman struck out a season-high nine while ending Cincinnati’s long stretch of ineffective starts, and Scott Schebler homered for the third straight game to lead the Reds to a win at home.


BASEBALL GAMES will soon arrive on virtual reality headsets.

Video in the new At Bat VR app won’t be in VR. Rather, the app places you behind home plate and shows you graphical depictions of each pitch, including a colored streak (red for strikes and green for balls) tracing the ball’s trajectory. The data come from sensors that Major League Baseball already has installed in all of its stadiums.

The app also lets you hover over icons to see the speed and type of each pitch, as well as which parts of a strike zone is strong or weak for a particular batter. Traditional TV coverage of the games will appear on a virtual screen in front of you, alongside play-by-play information and individual player stats.

TIGERS: Right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

Sanchez, 33, is in the final year of a five-year, $80-million deal. He’s making $16.8 million this season.

The right-hander led the American League in ERA in 2013 at 2.57, but he has slipped in production every year since then.

Last season, he was 7-13 with a 5.87 ERA in 35 appearances. He made 26 starts but was demoted to the bullpen during the year.

MARINERS: Seattle recalled catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Emilio Pagan from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned three players to help clear a spot for the expected return of second baseman Robinson Cano, who is coming off the disabled list after missing time because of a strained quadriceps.

BRAVES: First baseman James Loney requested and received his release from Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett team.

Loney, 33, signed a minor league deal with the team Thursday after the Braves learned first baseman Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.

On Saturday, the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Adams was immediately inserted into Atlanta’s starting lineup on Sunday, blocking Loney’s path to the majors.