DENVER -- Most of the Rockies clubhouse was deserted in the wake of a crushing 8-5 loss to Oakland -- the sixth in a row and one that leaves them winless in seven Interleague games -- with the exception of some of Tuesday night's key figures.Jeremy Guthrie, who gave up seven runs in five innings and added to the misery of a starting rotation that owns a Major League-worst 6.27 ERA, talked quietly near his locker with catcher Wil Nieves. Then there was Tyler Colvin, the budding star center fielder unable to celebrate hitting his fourth home run in the last three games. In a way, the trio that stuck around to speak to the media served as a microcosm of the Rockies season to date: the frustrated starting pitcher who can't keep a lead, the offensive player who can't do enough to overcome it, and the player, Nieves, who harbors hope in a season that's getting harder to save. "With everything that has happened, it seems like the starters are expecting something bad is going to happen that's going to lose us the game," Nieves said. "We have to change that mentality and stay positive." Murphy's Law was in full effect at Coors Field. Guthrie (3-5) was handed a 4-0 lead after the first inning, but unraveled in the third. On an 0-2 count, Guthrie hit Jemile Weeks, who later advanced to third base on a wild pitch, then walked Josh Reddick. Seth Smith and Brandon Inge followed with back-to-back doubles before Brandon Moss crushed a hanging curveball that ended up in the third deck and gave the A's a 5-4 lead.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.