The Miami Marlins put an end to Colorado's home winning streak last night and look to take the series lead Saturday in the third installment of a four-game set from Coors Field.
The Marlins dropped the opener of this series, 5-3, on Thursday, but rebounded with a 6-5 victory Friday evening. Giancarlo Stanton homered for a second straight night and Jose Reyes clubbed a three-run home run to lead the way. Carlos Lee and John Buck had an RBI apiece for the Marlins, who won for the third time in nine tries.
Stanton hit a mammoth shot an estimated 474 feet and has homered in each of the five games he has played at Coors Field, tying Jeff Kent as the only visiting player to homer in five consecutive games at the ballpark.
Wade LeBlanc drew the start for Miami and was able to hold on for the win even though he was tagged for five runs and nine hits in five innings. Carlos Zambrano, Michael Dunn, Heath Bell and Steve Cishek held the Marlins off the board the rest of the way, with Cishek posting his eighth save.
"Any time you can get out of this place with a win, it's a good night," said LeBlanc. "This is a tough job to pitch here."
Miami is pretty much playing out the string after entering the season as a possible contender. It is 1-1 so far on an 11-game road trip through Colorado, Arizona and Los Angeles, and will give Nathan Eovaldi another shot on the mound tonight. Eovaldi, acquired from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez deal, is 2-2 with a 4.67 earned run average in four starts with his new club and was beaten by Philadelphia in Monday's 4-0 decision.
Eovaldi was reached for three runs -- two earned -- and eight hits in five innings, falling to 3-8 overall this season with a 4.28 ERA. The right-hander lost to the Rockies back on June 3 this season and is 0-2 with a 6.52 ERA in two career starts against them.
Colorado had a four-game winning streak -- all at home -- come to an end last night and was 7-3 in its previous 10 contests.
Jeff Francis permitted four runs in five innings and Josh Roenicke was saddled with the loss for giving up two runs and three hits in one-third of an inning.
Wilin Rosario had two hits and two RBI, Josh Rutledge went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored and both Eric Young Jr. and Dexter Fowler had two hits and a run scored for the Rockies, who are 4-1 on a seven-game homestand and had a 12-8 advantage in hits.
"If you hit 11 singles and you have one extra-base hit and you have 12 [hits] on the night, you know there was some opportunity there to actually push some extra runs across," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "But once we got them out there, we couldn't get that one extra hit that could have changed the complexion of the game."
Tyler Chatwood gets the nod for Colorado and has won back-to-back starts. He is coming off Tuesday's 8-6 win over Milwaukee in which he lasted six innings and yielded two runs -- one earned -- and four hits. He is 3-2 in 10 games, three of which have been starts, with a 4.28 earned run average.
The right-handed Chatwood has never faced the Marlins.
Miami won two of three meetings with Colorado from May 21-23 in south Florida.
The Marlins are just 31-50 in games played in Denver.