Rockies 3, Marlins 1

One night after being one-hit, the Colorado Rockies broke out

with a whopping six hits, and that was enough for a bounce-back

victory.

Jason Hammel pitched a season-high 6 2-3 innings and bunted home

a run to give the sputtering offense a boost and help Colorado beat

the Florida Marlins 3-1 Saturday night.

”We got enough hits to win,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.

”That’s all that really matters. We didn’t play our best game at

all, but we manufactured some runs. It’s one of those games that is

an ugly win.”

The NL West-leading Rockies snapped Florida’s four-game winning

streak and improved to 8-2 on the road thanks largely to Hammel

(2-1). He allowed seven hits and one run to lower his ERA to

3.80.

”We got a great start from Jason,” manager Jim Tracy said.

”And obviously we took advantage of that, because the little

offense that we were able to get, he made it stand up. Something

like that is what we’re looking for from him on a consistent

basis.”

Three relievers combined for 2 1-3 perfect innings, and the

bullpen has allowed just two runs in the past 22 1-3 innings.

Huston Street pitched the ninth to earn his seventh save in as many

chances.

The Rockies, who were one-hit by Anibal Sanchez in a defeat

Friday, this time waited only four batters for a hit – Tulowitzki’s

RBI single. Ty Wigginton put Colorado ahead to stay with a

sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The Marlins gave their biggest crowd since opening day little to

cheer about. Announced attendance was 37,381, but the actual

turnout was about 25,000.

”We just ran into some very good pitching,” manager Edwin

Rodriguez said. ”Hammel was mixing up his pitches and hitting his

spots. He did a very good job.”

Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez made his fifth error of the

season on a bad throw and went 0 for 4, dropping his average to

.194.

”Right now he’s not doing his usual Hanley thing,” Hammel

said. ”We’ve kind of got an advantage there.”

Ramirez, the 2009 NL batting champion, is in a 2-for-23 slump

and drew scattered boos when he grounded out in the eighth.

”He’s pressing,” Rodriguez said. ”He’s swinging at pitches

out of the strike zone. He’s forcing the situation instead of

letting the ball come to him. He needs to make the pitchers throw

strikes.”

Javier Vazquez (1-2), making his first start in eight days, went

six innings. He allowed four hits, five walks and three runs.

Colorado broke a 1-all tie with two runs in the sixth. Todd

Helton doubled and took third when left fielder Emilio Bonifacio

took a zigzag route and let Seth Smith’s deep fly fall for a

double. Wigginton’s flyout put Colorado ahead.

Hammel then laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Smith from

third.

”It was a slider,” Hammel said with a chuckle. ”That was the

first time I put a breaking ball in play on a bunt in I don’t know

how long. Kudos to me there.”

Tulowitzki was only 3 for 23 with runners in scoring position

before his singled home a run in the first after Vazquez issued two

walks.

”There’s more of us coming offensively,” Tracy said. ”In the

meantime, we’ve got to figure out a way to get things done.”

NOTES: Less than 24 hours after throwing 123 pitches in a

one-hitter, Sanchez said he felt fine. He was hit in the right leg

by a hard grounder in the seventh inning. … The Puerto Rican

salsa band El Gran Combo performed a postgame concert. Their fans

include Edwin Rodriguez, who said the band played at his high

school during his senior year in 1978. … Rockies catcher Chris

Iannetta (stiff back) was held out of the starting lineup but was

available off the bench. … Right-handed hitters are 3 for 35

(.086) this season against Marlins RHP Josh Johnson, who starts the

final game of the series Sunday.