Rockies 5, Marlins 3
Michael Cuddyer looked overmatched the first two times he faced
Ricky Nolasco. His third at-bat, he got even.
Cuddyer homered after being activated from the disabled list
earlier in the day, DJ LeMahieu had two hits and the streaking
Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Thursday night.
Eric Young Jr. and Josh Rutledge had a hit and an RBI apiece for
the Rockies, who won their fourth straight game.
Rafael Betancourt tossed a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.
Colorado is perfect on this current seven-game homestand after
going 1-8 at Coors Field two weeks ago.
”Winning cures a lot,” Cuddyer said.
Nolasco pitched his first complete game of the season and
seventh overall, and Carlos Lee and Giancarlo Stanton each homered
for the Marlins, losers of six of eight.
Nolasco (9-12) lost for the sixth time in his last seven starts
despite going the distance. He allowed five runs and nine hits,
struck out seven and walked one in eight innings.
”Overall, Nolasco pitched well,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen
said. ”We didn’t score enough runs.”
Six of Nolasco’s strikeouts came in the first 3 1-3 innings,
before the Rockies made an adjustment that helped them rally
”We wanted to get him up in the zone, force him to throw
strikes,” Young said. ”Balls we were swinging at weren’t strikes.
That’s why he was able to go deep into the game.”
The Rockies got to Nolasco in the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez reached
on a one-out bunt single to bring up Cuddyer.
Cuddyer struck out on balls in the dirt in his first two
at-bats. This time he crushed Nolasco’s 82 mph slider into the left
field seats to erase a 3-1 deficit in the sixth. It was his 16th
homer of the season.
”If you swing at enough of them he’ll hang one,” Cuddyer said.
”The ones I struck out on were in the dirt. This one wasn’t.”
Colorado then went ahead in the seventh.
LeMahieu led off with a single and scored on a triple to right
by pinch-hitter Rutledge. Young came to the plate guessing manager
Jim Tracy would have him lay down a squeeze with the speedy
Rutledge on third.
”I knew walking to the plate that Tracy would probably put it
on,” Young said. ”They say try to think along with the manager. I
was all for it. Just kind of go to who hates fielding bunts the
Young put down a squeeze bunt to Lee up the first base line to
knock in Rutledge and give the Rockies a 5-3 lead.
”I had (Rutledge) 0-2 and couldn’t make a pitch and you saw
what happened,” Nolasco said. ”You make good pitches all night
and then make a couple of mistakes and that’s the game. I left that
ball up to Cuddyer. He’s such a good hitter. He got the important
hit to tie the games and things got out of control in the seventh
Adam Ottavino (4-1) earned the win in relief of starter Alex
The Marlins scored first on Lee’s leadoff homer in the second
inning, his seventh of the season. The Rockies tied it in the
bottom half when LeMahieu tripled with two outs and scored on a
Miami went back ahead in the fourth when Lee walked, went to
third on Greg Dobbs’ single and scored on a wild pitch.
Stanton made it 3-1 with a leadoff homer off Ottavino in the
sixth. It was his 22nd of the season.
”Ottavino did a tremendous job of settling the waters,” Tracy
said. ”His only mistake was the pitch to Stanton.”
NOTES: The Rockies optioned Matt McBride to Triple-A Colorado
Springs to make room for Cuddyer on the roster. … Marlins C Rob
Brantly’s double in the sixth was his first major league hit. …
Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (pectoral injury) was scheduled to start
for Colorado Springs on Thursday and could join the team when it
travels to New York on Monday. … Miami LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-2)
will face Colorado’s Jeff Francis (4-4) on Friday.