Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Michael Cuddyer brought home a pair of runs to
help lift the Colorado Rockies over the Miami Marlins 3-2 in the opener of a
Cuddyer picked up his two RBI on a fielder's choice in the sixth and a single
in the eighth to help halt Colorado's losing skid at two.
Jhoulys Chacin (12-7) took the mound for Colorado. The right-hander allowed
only two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks for his first
career winning decision against the Marlins.
"He did a great job again, gave him that long leash in the seventh and he got
through it," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss about Chacin. "He did a great
Tom Koehler spun seven innings for Miami, only surrendering one run on six
hits while fanning five batters. Koehler has not picked up a win since August
It was relief pitcher Chad Qualls (4-2) that would be credited with the loss
and a blown save. Qualls allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth inning
to hand Colorado the win.
Donovan Solano went 2-for-4 for the Marlins, who have now lost four
"I know the guys are competing and the effort is there, I've said that all
year," said Marlins manger Mike Redmond. "I know it is, but at the same time
too, it's tough sometimes."
Ed Lucas hit a deep solo shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth for
the Marlins to open up the game's scoring and snap a scoreless streak that
went back 21 innings.
DJ LeMahieu hit a triple to the warning track in center to lead off the
sixth inning. After a walk to Troy Tulowitzki, LeMahieu crossed the plate when
Cuddyer grounded into a fielder's choice.
In the home half of the sixth, Solano tried to spark a rally with a two-out
double to center. Chacin then walked Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton to
load the bases. Lucas grounded out to the shortstop to end Miami's threat.
Miami went ahead in the seventh frame when Jake Marisnick hit a triple into
the right corner with one out. Jeff Mathis then walked to put runners on the
corners. A fly out to right from pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs delivered Marisnick
from third to put the Marlins ahead by one.
The Rockies would answer back quickly and take the lead in the top half of the
eighth. Tulowitzki reached second on a sharp line drive to center and was
brought home by Cuddyer who singled on a soft line drive to shallow center
field. He advanced to third after a Wilin Rosario groundout. Ryan Wheeler hit
Colorado's second double of the inning to plate Cuddyer.
Rex Brothers struck out two batters in the ninth to earn his 12th save on the
Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to ten games with a double in the first
... Colorado's loss to Philadelphia on Thursday was the road loss number 1000
in franchise history... The Rockies made a number of roster moves prior to the
game. They placed pitcher Rafael Betancourt on the 15-day disabled list,
designated pitcher Edgmer Escalona for assignment; recalled pitcher Rob
Scahill from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and activated Chacin from the
bereavement list...Marlins lead the all-time series 86-83...Stanton's hitting
streak ended at nine games while Rosario's was stopped at 13.
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