Rockies-Marlins Preview

Some strong starting pitching has helped pace the Florida

Marlins on their current winning streak.

After a one-hitter from Anibal Sanchez in the series opener,

Javier Vazquez hopes to continue his success against the Colorado

Rockies while trying to help the Marlins to a fifth consecutive

victory Saturday.

Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday before

Dexter Fowler led off with a broken-bat single in Florida’s 4-1

win. A two-out fielding error by first baseman Gaby Sanchez allowed

Fowler to score in the first.

“To see it go on a broken bat is kind of disheartening,”

Marlins catcher John Buck said, “but it shows how hard it is to do.

It’s just the way it rolls.”

Marlins’ starters have allowed five earned runs – all by Chris

Volstad in a 9-5 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday – and 11 hits over

28 1-3 innings during the four-game run.

Winners in seven of eight, the Marlins (12-6) turn to Vazquez

(1-1, 7.43 ERA) to continue their success on the mound.

The right-hander has totaled 13 1-3 innings over three starts

during his first season with the Marlins. Vazquez allowed three

runs and walked four in five innings, but did not get a decision in

a 4-3 win at Philadelphia last Saturday.

“Javier struggled with his location, but he battled,” Marlins

manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Facing Colorado could be what Vazquez needs to get back on

track.

Though he has not faced the Rockies since 2009 while with

Atlanta, Vazquez has a 2.00 ERA while winning three straight starts

against them. He is 4-2 with a 3.77 ERA in eight career starts

versus Colorado.

Gaby Sanchez and Chris Coghlan homered Friday as the Marlins

beat Colorado (13-6) for the third straight time at Sun Life

Stadium.

The Rockies, who had their six-game road winning streak snapped,

have lost four of six after winning seven in a row. They have

totaled five runs during the three-game skid at Florida.

“For us to play good on the road is important,” manager Jim

Tracy told the Rockies’ official website.

Fowler is 4 for 11 with two RBIs over the last three games for

the Rockies, who were coming off their highest-scoring game this

season in Thursday’s 10-2 win over San Francisco.

Troy Tulowitzki went 0 for 3 Friday, and is 3 for 15 in four

games following an eight-game hitting streak in which he batted

.517 with four homers and eight RBIs.

Jason Hammel (1-1, 4.76) looks to bounce back from his first

loss when he tries to beat Florida for the first time in four

career starts. The right-hander did not pitch poorly, allowing

three runs in six innings of an 8-3 loss to Chicago last

Saturday.

Hammel is 0-3 with an 8.22 ERA against the Marlins, with two of

those starts coming in Florida.

Though Florida star shortstop Hanley Ramirez is mired in a

2-for-19 slump, he is 6 for 10 with a double and home run versus

Hammel. Gaby Sanchez’s only hit in four at-bats against him left

the park.

Sanchez is batting .355 with two homers during an eight-game

hitting streak.