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Colorado at Florida

W: M. Asencio (1-0) L: R. Messenger (0-1)
S: B. Fuentes (5)
HR: COL - G. Atkins (4)   FLA - J. Willingham (5)

Rockies 8, Marlins 7

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

MIAMI -- Brian Fuentes needed a little time before returning to his usual form on Saturday.

A night after suffering his first blown save in 22 opportunities, Fuentes hung on to save the Rockies' 8-7 victory over the sloppy Florida Marlins.

Garrett Atkins homered and drove in three runs, and Matt Holliday had two doubles, a triple and two RBI for the Rockies, who won their third straight. Colorado has won the first two games of the three-game series and is 3-0-1 in road series this season.

The Marlins loaded the bases against Fuentes in the ninth, but the closer struck out Reggie Abercrombie on three pitches to get his fifth save in six chances.

"We're not used to him blowing a save, but we're definitely used to him coming through," Atkins said. "We still have full confidence in him. He's going to find a way to get it done and he did again tonight."

Fuentes' last blown save before Friday was on July 22.

"You kind of welcome adversity sometimes," Fuentes said. "It makes you stronger."

Josh Willingham hit his fifth homer for Florida. The Marlins committed a season-high four errors, one short of a franchise record.

"We played a bad game, we were fortunate to be in that game," Florida manager Joe Girardi said. "Bad baseball, bottom line -- it's bad baseball."

With the score tied at 5-5, the Rockies scored two unearned runs in the sixth off Randy Messenger (0-1), whose throwing error on Clint Barmes' bunt allowed Cory Sullivan to come around and set up Atkins' RBI single.

Sullivan doubled in Luis Gonzalez in the seventh to extend the lead to 8-5.

Willingham's 429-foot, two-run homer off Miguel Asencio (1-0) pulled Florida within one in the bottom half. Willingham had a career-high three hits.

Neither starting pitcher lasted very long. Colorado's Josh Fogg gave up five runs -- two earned -- and six hits in four innings. His throwing error and wild pitch led to the unearned runs.

"Both teams were able to take some advantages of the mistakes that were made," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "It shows growth on our side. Last year we were the team making the mistakes. We capitalized pretty good tonight, and that's the sign of a team getting better."

Jason Vargas went 2 1/3 innings for the Marlins, giving up four runs, six hits and three walks. He struck out three.

"I'm just throwing too many pitches, too many up high," Vargas said. "Before I knew it, it was the third inning and four runs were in."

Florida tied it at 5-5 with a four-run fourth. Fogg's throwing error on pinch-hitter Sergio Mitre's sacrifice bunt allowed two runs to score, and Hanley Ramirez raced home on a wild pitch with two out.

Atkins' two-run homer highlighted Colorado's four-run third. It was Atkins' fourth homer.


Following the game, Asencio was sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for RHP Byung-Hyun Kim, who was activated from the disabled list. Kim will start Sunday. ... Vargas was the first left-handed starter the Rockies faced this season. Every other team in the majors had faced at least two lefty starters. ... Mitre, scheduled to oppose Kim on Sunday, made his first career pinch-hit appearance. ... Colorado improved to 8-3 in one-run games. Florida fell to 1-7.

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G. Atkins
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1

J. Willingham
AB 4
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H 3
HR 1

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Garrett Atkins, 3B4133101 .363
Brad Hawpe, RF4110113 .359
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Josh Fogg, P1000011 .000
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3B - Matt Holliday (2, Nolasco)
HR - Garrett Atkins (4, Vargas)
SH - Jamey Carroll (2), Josh Fogg (2)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (24), Garrett Atkins 3 (18), Cory Sullivan (5)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Holliday (10), Garrett Atkins (2), Cory Sullivan (2)
SB - Jamey Carroll (3, 2nd base off Vargas/Treanor), Luis Gonzalez (1, 3rd base off Vargas/Treanor)
CS - Choo Freeman (1, 3rd base by Nolasco/Treanor)
Team LOB - 11
E - Josh Fogg (3, Wild throw)
Colorado Rockies
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Miguel Asencio (W,1-0) 3222021 4.70
Jose Mesa (H,7) 1100020 0.64
Brian Fuentes (S,5) 1100120 1.64
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WP - Josh Fogg (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 86-48, Miguel Asencio 34-26, Jose Mesa 10-9, Brian Fuentes 22-13
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Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 22, Miguel Asencio 11, Jose Mesa 4, Brian Fuentes 6
Florida Marlins
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Dan Uggla, 2B5000032 .266
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3120101 .333
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Mike Jacobs, 1B3001112 .188
Matthew Cepicky, RF4000002 .125
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Reggie Abercrombie, CF5110033 .175
Matt Treanor, C2110100 .208
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    Ricky Nolasco, P0000000 .000
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   d- Eric Reed, PH1000000 .083
    Todd Wellemeyer, P0000000 .000
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    Franklyn German, P0000000 .000
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b-doubled for Treanor in the 8th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Nolasco in the 4th
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e-struck out for Wellemeyer in the 8th
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RBI - Hanley Ramirez (8), Josh Willingham 2 (20), Mike Jacobs (13)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (6, 2nd base off Fogg/Ojeda)
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E - Reggie Abercrombie (1, Wild throw), Miguel Cabrera (5, Wild throw), Randy Messenger (1, Wild throw), Matt Treanor (1, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
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Ricky Nolasco 1.2211010 3.72
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Game Information
Attendance - 15405
Game Time - 3:23
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mark Carlson