Rockies 4, Marlins 3

Nolan Arenado put his stamp on Sunday’s game with his glove and

his bat.

Arenado started a pivotal double play in the fourth and hit a

tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth, leading the Colorado Rockies

to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

”He had a huge game,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

”That’s why it’s tough to give Nolan a day off ever, you keep

running him out there because he does stuff on defense to win you

games. The double play was the ballgame really and he got the big

hit on top of it.”

Arenado got off to a strong start on defense with a deep throw

jumping off his left foot to get Donovan Solano in the first. With

the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth, the third baseman

fielded a slow grounder by Koyie Hill and threw home to Jordan

Pacheco, who fired the ball to first to complete the double

play.

”When I first got it I was thinking of just going to first, but

I didn’t think I had a throw there,” Arenado said. ”I didn’t know

if the jump-throw was going to be the right play so I told myself

to go home with it and make sure I got the out and then luckily

Pacheco made a great play to go to first too.”

Arenado’s RBI double in the sixth put the Rockies ahead for

good.

”The pitch was down, but luckily I was able to put a good swing

on it,” Arenado said. ”It’s good thing that Cuddy (Michael

Cuddyer) got on. He really helped me out there so it was

nice.”

Jorge De La Rosa (14-6) battled through a nagging thumb injury

to win his fourth consecutive decision, allowing three runs in five

innings. De La Rosa improved to 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA in day

games.

”Today was the worst,” said De La Rosa, who has been dealing

with a thumb ligament injury all season. ”Before that it was a

little sore, but I was able to pitch. Today was a little more sore.

When I threw a pitch it felt like my thumb was going to come

off.”

Five relievers then combined for four hitless innings, with Rex

Brothers working the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances. With

runners on first and second, Brothers got Ed Lucas to ground into a

fielder’s choice to give the Rockies their first road series win

since June 3-5 at Cincinnati.

”It’s been a while,” Weiss said. ”We’ve played a lot of close

games, a lot of them were just like that. We’ve had our heart

broken a few times in those types of games so it’s good to see us

win some tight ones.”

Miami’s Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in two runs. Jacob

Turner (3-5) allowed four runs – three earned – in 5 2-3

innings.

Turner hurt himself with a wild pitch in the second inning and

second baseman Solano had a costly throwing error. Cuddyer moved to

third on the wild pitch before Ryan Wheeler singled him home.

Arenado scored on Solano’s error, and Jonathan Herrera’s sacrifice

fly gave the Rockies a 3-0 lead.

Ruggiano belted a two-out solo shot in the bottom half, and then

had a tying RBI single in the fourth. It was Ruggiano’s 15th

homer.

After Ruggiano’s RBI single tied it at 3, the Marlins loaded the

bases with no outs, but were unable to score. Turner struck out

after Arenado’s double play.

”To have the bases loaded and nobody out and not score a run

really killed us,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

The Rockies went ahead with a two-out rally in the sixth.

Cuddyer singled and scored on Arenado’s double to left.

”It’s frustrating when the team comes back to tie the game, and

I get two outs in that sixth and then give up back-to-back hits to

score the game-winning run,” Turner said. ”That’s probably the

most frustrating thing and that’s sticking with me mentally.”

Adam Ottavino, Josh Outman, Wilton Lopez, and Matt Belisle

combined for three innings before turning it over to Brothers for

the ninth. Brothers walked Solano and Logan Morrison, but managed

to wiggle out of the jam.

NOTES: The Marlins optioned INF Gil Velazquez to Triple-A New

Orleans after the game to make room for 3B Placido Polanco (head),

who is expected to be activated from the seven-day disabled list on

Tuesday. … Ruggiano hit three home runs during the Marlins’

homestand after hitting his first 12 of the season on the road. …

Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki was held out of the lineup with a sore

oblique. … Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow) will make a rehab

start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. … Colorado

returns home on Monday for a three-game series against San

Francisco, which will send LHP Barry Zito (4-9, 5.63 ERA) to the

hill against Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.79 ERA). … Miami

will have a day off on Monday before beginning a three-game series

at Washington, with RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-4, 3.82 ERA) on the mound

against Nationals RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58 ERA).