DENVER -- Dontrelle Willis wasn't exactly relieved to end his long losing streak.
As far as he was concerned, he'd said goodbye to his funk long ago.
"It didn't seem that long," Willis said after he led Florida past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 Friday night for his first win since April 14. "Especially of late, I have been able to throw the ball a little better. I haven't gotten the results, but I like what I've done."
Willis (2-6) had lost a career-high six straight decisions although he's compiled a 2.40 ERA over his last four starts, lower than last year, when he went 22-10 and was runner-up for the Cy Young Award.
The difference this time was he got some run support, including a solo homer by Jeremy Hermida, who went 3-for-4.
"We got him four runs tonight, and obviously we'd like to have more, but we're not going to be greedy," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "He pitched great. He gave up two solo home runs that didn't hurt him."
Snapping his skid at Coors Field was extra-special.
"This meant something: to end the streak in this ballpark and against a tough team. This is a team that capitalizes on mistakes and I made a point of keeping mistakes to a minimum," Willis said. "They hit the ball down. The couple of times I got up they hit home runs. It tells you right there you have to keep the ball down."
The Marlins also won for the first time in seven road starts by Willis, who allowed home runs to light-hitting Ryan Spilborghs (his second) and Clint Barmes (his third) -- but both came with the bases empty.
"Another key was keeping focused after giving up home runs," Willis said. "I gave them up, but I didn't let them continue the trend."
Willis pitched his way out of a jam after Barmes' homer made it 3-2 with one out in the seventh. He surrendered a single to Choo Freeman and walked pinch-hitter Eli Marrero but got Jamey Carroll to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
"Carroll is a guy that has worn me out since I've been in the big leagues," Willis said. "It was a big pitch in a big situation. Even in this park, good pitches turn into home runs."
Reggie Abercrombie's sacrifice fly off David Cortes in the eighth made it 4-2, and Logan Kensing pitched the final two innings for his first career save, striking out four, allowing no hits and plunking one batter.
"He had a pretty easy eighth, plus it's just trying to expand people's roles," Girardi said. "I liked the way he was throwing the ball, so I left him in."
Colorado right-hander Josh Fogg (3-4) allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Catcher Yorvit Torrealba made his long-awaited debut for the Rockies, who have lost eight of 10 to slip to .500 (27-27).
After his trade from Seattle in December, Torrealba bulked up with the help of a personal trainer, but the added muscle and reduced mobility resulted in a strained throwing shoulder at spring training that required two months of rest and rehab.
Torrealba was activated from the 15-day DL Friday and went 0-for-3.
"It was like an Opening Day for me. Too bad we lost, definitely happy and excited that I'm playing," Torrealba said.
Torrealba's passed ball led to a Florida run in the second. He said Fogg's slider didn't break and it glanced off his outstretched mitt, allowing Hanley Ramirez to score from third to make it 2-0.
Torrealba had his first play at the plate an inning later and tagged out Hermida, who led off with a triple and was thrown out by Fogg on Willis' safety squeeze attempt.
"If nothing else, he got to catch five guys out of the 'pen," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He got to catch half the staff tonight. So, we sped up his development."
With the Rockies outfield shifted way to the left on Hermida in the sixth, the left-handed batter pulled a pitch into the right-field bleachers above the scoreboards for his second homer of the season and a 3-1 Florida lead.
"I saw they had a shift on, but I'm not going to change my approach at the plate to try and hit a ball with that," Hermida said. "I just try to hit the ball wherever it is pitched."
Fogg left two pitches inside and belt-high, the second of which Hermida sent into the seats an inning after Spilborghs' second career home run had cut the Marlins' lead to 2-1.
Rockies radio announcer Jack Corrigan is recovering from a stroke he suffered Tuesday in San Diego. ... Willis is one win shy of matching A.J. Burnett's club record of 49.
|Players of the Game|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||1||2||0||0||0||5|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||0||1|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|Josh Willingham, LF||3||0||0||0||1||1||3|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||1||3||1||0||0||1|
|Reggie Abercrombie, CF||3||0||1||1||0||0||2|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||1||1||0||1||0||3|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|a- Joe Borchard, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-walked for Willis in the 8th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (, Fogg), Reggie Abercrombie (, Fogg)|
|3B - Jeremy Hermida (, Fogg)|
|HR - Jeremy Hermida (, Fogg)|
|SF - Reggie Abercrombie ()|
|RBI - Dan Uggla (), Jeremy Hermida (), Reggie Abercrombie ()|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (, 2nd base off Fogg/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs|
|Dontrelle Willis (W,-)||7||7||2||2||1||3||2|
|Logan Kensing (S,)||2||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|HBP - Barmes (by Logan Kensing)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 120-76, Logan Kensing 34-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 13-4, Logan Kensing 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 28, Logan Kensing 7|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Ryan Spilborghs, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1|
|Todd Helton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|Matt Holliday, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Clint Barmes, SS||3||1||1||1||0||1||0|
|Choo Freeman, CF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|a- Brad Hawpe, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1|
|Josh Fogg, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ray King, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|b- Eli Marrero, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun-Woo Kim, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tom Martin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|David Cortes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jose Mesa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|a-struck out for Freeman in the 9th|
|b-walked for King in the 7th|
|HR - Ryan Spilborghs (, Willis), Clint Barmes (, Willis)|
|RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (), Clint Barmes ()|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Barmes-Helton|
|PB - Yorvit Torrealba ()|
|Josh Fogg (L,-)||6.1||7||3||3||2||2||1|
|HBP - Cabrera (by Josh Fogg)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 96-63, Ray King 1-1, Sun-Woo Kim 10-2, Tom Martin 5-4, David Cortes 18-9, Jose Mesa 7-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 10-7, Ray King 1-0, Jose Mesa 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 29, Ray King 1, Sun-Woo Kim 2, Tom Martin 1, David Cortes 4, Jose Mesa 3|
|Attendance - 26112|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|