Rockies 4, Marlins 3
Nolan Arenado put his stamp on Sunday’s game with his glove and
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
”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
”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
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
”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
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
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
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).