The Rockies are in a hard place, but at least Brendan Rodgers is still raking.

The second baseman finished a triple short of the cycle in Colorado’s 8-7 loss to Atlanta on Sunday at Coors Field. Rodgers went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, one home run and three RBIs.

“I feel very calm and I’m not over-thinking things in the box,” Rodgers said. “I’m just trying to get on base, hit the ball hard, and get in good counts. I think, overall, that’s what I did today and I got some good results.”

Rodgers said he wasn’t really concentrating on getting a triple to finish off the first cycle of his career.

“To be honest, I didn’t really think about it until after my fourth at-bat,” he said. “Off (closer Kenley) Jansen, I was just trying to hit the ball hard. You have to hit in a good spot to get a triple here. But it’s all good.”

Rodgers began the season in a terrible slump, hitting .078 (4-for-51) with no home runs, one double and one RBI in April. Since May 1, he’s hitting .344 with six homers, nine doubles, eight doubles, five home runs and 35 RBIs.

Rotation in motion. After the game, manager Bud Black was in no mood to discuss what his struggling starting rotation will look like going forward.

After rookie right-hander Ryan Feltner gave up six runs in three innings Sunday, Black said that Feltner would remain with the big-league team. Later, however, Feltner was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.



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