Stanton hits 22nd homer to help Marlins beat Rockies 6-0
MIAMI (AP) Giancarlo Stanton drove in four runs with his 22nd homer and a 40-foot single, and the Miami Marlins broke a three-game losing streak Thursday night by beating Colorado 6-0.
David Phelps (3-3), rocked by the Rockies at Coors Field last week, pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing four hits. Chris Rusin (2-1), who beat Phelps last week, gave up 11 hits and six runs in 5 1-3 innings.
Stanton came into the game leading the majors in home runs and RBIs, and he pulled a liner into the Rockies bullpen for a three-run homer in the first inning. It was only his second homer this year with more than one runner on base.
Stanton drove in another run in the second with two-out swinging bunt that rolled to a stop on the foul line. He has 13 homers and 41 RBIs in 35 career games against Colorado.
Jeff Baker hit his third homer, Christian Yelich drove in a run with his first triple, and Marcell Ozuna singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.
Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, batting leadoff for the first time this year, had three hits, stole a base and scored a run. He also charged a grounder and made an acrobatic throw while airborne and horizontal to rob Nick Hundley of a hit.
The Marlins' big offensive show came without major league batting leader Dee Gordon, who was given the night off.
Phelps struck out six, walked one and threw 111 pitches to improve his chances of staying in the rotation. He gave up nine runs in a loss at Colorado last week.
Carter Capps struck out two in the ninth to complete a five-hitter.
The Rockies' Corey Dickerson, activated before the game from the disabled list, had two hits in four at-bats. Troy Tulowitzki had a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Barring a setback, Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (vertigo) will rejoin the rotation early next week. He made a rehab start Thursday for Triple-A New Orleans.
Rockies RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-7), who has the second-worst ERA among major league starters at 6.16, is scheduled to start Friday against Marlins rookie RHP Jose Urena (0-2, 5.49).