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While they’ve struggled at Coors Field most of the year, the

Colorado Rockies are putting together a nice homestand.

The Rockies look to match their season high with a fifth

straight win Friday night when they continue their series against

the Miami Marlins in a matchup of last-place teams.

Colorado (45-71) is a woeful 25-37 at home this year, but has

gone 4-0 to open a seven-game homestand following a 5-3 win


Michael Cuddyer homered and DJ LeMahieu had two hits and scored

twice while Adam Ottavino pitched three innings in relief of Alex

White to earn the victory.

The Rockies had lost 10 of their previous 11 at home.

“Winning cures a lot,” said Cuddyer, who was activated off the

15-day disabled list Thursday after missing 11 games with a

strained oblique.

A major league-worst 6.07 ERA at home is a big reason why the

Rockies have the fewest home wins in the NL and the staff has only

been slightly better with a 5.00 ERA during the four-game win

streak. However, Colorado has scored 29 runs and is batting .376

with 15 extra-base hits on the homestand.

After they rallied for a 7-6 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday

with two runs in the ninth, the Rockies came back from a 3-1

deficit Thursday, with Cuddyer’s homer tying the game in the sixth.

Josh Rutledge drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh.

The Rockies haven’t won five in a row since May 28-June 1, the

only other time this season the team has won more than three


Thursday’s loss was the sixth in eight games for the Marlins

(53-66), who went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They’ve

lost 13 of 17 on the road, scoring three runs or fewer in 11 of

those contests.

Miami was shut out in three straight games at home this week

before a 9-2 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

A bright spot lately has been Giancarlo Stanton, who is 10 for

30 with three homers and six RBIs in his last eight games overall.

He has six home runs and 14 RBIs in his last eight contests against

the Rockies.

Wade LeBlanc (1-2, 1.45 ERA) will try to help Miami avoid a

third consecutive road loss in his fourth straight start.

LeBlanc stepped into the rotation earlier this month in place of

an ineffective Carlos Zambrano. After working on a pitch count in

the first two starts, he gave up one run in seven innings of a 5-0

loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The left-hander is 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA in six starts against the

Rockies, including 1-2 with a 6.06 ERA in three at Coors Field.

The Rockies will counter with Jeff Francis (4-4, 5.99), who is

2-3 with a 6.96 ERA at home this year.

Francis was more effective in his last start at Coors Field,

allowing three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-6 win over Milwaukee on


The lefty is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts against the

Marlins but hasn’t faced them since 2010.

Miami’s Carlos Lee is 5 for 10 with a home run and two doubles

off Francis.