Detroit Tigers’ pitchers hold Colorado Rockies at bay in 4-3 win

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos, left, forces out the Colorado Rockies' DJ LeMahieu at third base on a ground ball hit by Mark Reynolds to end the first inning on Monday in Denver. (AP photo)

By PAT GRAHAM

AP Sports Writer

DENVER — Nolan Arenado tossed his bat to the ground in repulsion when his hard-hit liner disappeared into the glove of second baseman Ian Kinsler to start the ninth.

Just the latest frustrating night at the plate for the Colorado Rockies.

Nicholas Castellanos had three hits, including a two-run triple, and Jordan Zimmermann rebounded from early trouble to help the Detroit Tigers beat Colorado 4-3 on Monday.

The Rockies stranded 11 baserunners and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position as their lead for the second NL wild-card spot dwindled to three games over idle Milwaukee. They’re now hitting just .223 with runners in scoring position this month.

Zimmermann (8-11) went five innings and allowed three runs — all in the second. He settled down to move his career mark to 7-0 against the Rockies in 11 career starts.

“I don’t think he was as sharp as I have seen him, but he pitched good enough to get a win,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

Shane Greene struck out two of three in the ninth for his sixth save. He fanned Mark Reynolds to end the game.

Antonio Senzatela (10-5) never found his command in allowing four runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Trailing 3-2 in the third, Castellanos laced a two-run triple into the corner to give the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It was Castellanos’ AL-leading 10th triple of the season.