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Marlins 4, Rockies 3

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DENVER -- Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi caught in Colorado from 1993-95 and remembers the days of the Blake Street Bombers and softball-like slugfests at Coors Canaveral.

He never expected the Marlins' young pitching staff to do so well in downtown Denver's thin air.

"I can tell you from catching here that it can be a nightmare," Girardi said after the Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies with a 4-3 win Sunday.

"They say the park has changed, and maybe the ball doesn't carry as well, but I didn't see many guys hit the ball where (Matt) Holliday hit it today," Girardi said. "That didn't stop that ball. They are a little different club than we had when I was here, and we had Bichette, and Galarraga, and Castilla and Walker. Those guys hit 30 home runs everywhere they played. I think our pitchers did an exceptional job."

Rookie right-hander Scott Olsen followed the leads of Dontrelle Willis and rookie Ricky Nolasco and allowed three earned runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, overcoming a 455-foot homer by Holliday that left the stadium on one bounce.

Nolasco tossed eight shutout innings Saturday night, 24 hours after Willis ended his six-game skid with a superb seven-inning outing and the bullpen was brilliant all series.

The only Colorado hitter to solve Olsen (4-3) was Holliday, who singled twice and hit his 13th homer, a two-run shot in the fourth that cleared the left-field bleachers, smacked the outfield walkway and bounced into the players' parking lot.

Holliday was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Garrett Atkins' double in the seventh, although replays showed that Holliday swiped his left hand across the plate before Treanor tagged him under the arm.

"Looking at the tape, I thought I was safe," Holliday said. "Bad break."

Or bad call, suggested Colorado manager Clint Hurdle, who would get tossed an inning later after arguing another questionable call.

Atkins' double went over Josh Willingham's head in left field but he recovered with a perfect throw to shortstop Hanley Ramirez, whose relay forced Treanor to step right in front of the runner's path.

"Whenever you do that, you take the chance of getting run over," Girardi said. "He was willing to sacrifice his body for 'Oly' and the team."

Treanor said he braced for a collision when he saw the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Holliday getting waved around third.

"(I'm) really surprised he didn't crush me, to be honest. He's a football player and all that stuff," Treanor said.

Holliday chose a hook slide, saying he didn't have enough steam to try to run over the catcher.

"And I got my hand in there," he said. "I touched it as he was getting close to my shoulder. Or maybe he didn't tag me at all."

After Eli Marrero drew a walk, Yorvit Torrealba fouled out and Randy Messenger replaced Olsen and gave up a run-scoring single to Clint Barmes that made it 4-3.

Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson then rung up pinch-hitter Brad Hawpe on a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be several inches outside, drawing Hurdle out of the dugout for the second time.

Hurdle was ejected an inning later by first base umpire Darryl Cousins, who called Treanor safe after Barmes' throw drew Todd Helton off first. Helton argued he swiped Treanor before he reached the bag.

"Three bad calls in 10 minutes," Hurdle said. "Enough is enough."

Joe Borowski pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Florida outscored Colorado 21-5 in the series. The Rockies have lost 10 of 12 and their fifth straight loss matched their longest skid of the season.

"We didn't take ring sizes after the first six weeks. We're not going to hang nooses from branches now," Hurdle said.

The Marlins have won nine of 12, a streak that coincides with the return of outfielder Jeremy Hermida from the disabled list on May 22. Hermida had an RBI in the fourth.

Jason Jennings (3-6) gave up four runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He allowed Mike Jacobs' solo homer in the first and Ramirez's solo shot in the seventh and his defense committed an uncharacteristic three errors.

"You don't get the breaks when you're not going well," Jennings said.

Notes

Holliday is hitting a major league-best .533 (16-for-30) off lefties. ... Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 11.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Holliday
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5111024 .309
Dan Uggla, 2B5000011 .302
Mike Jacobs, 1B5121020 .236
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5130001 .361
Josh Willingham, LF5120022 .262
Jeremy Hermida, RF4021001 .286
Reggie Abercrombie, CF4010001 .237
Matt Treanor, C3011100 .234
Scott Olsen, P2000004 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1010000 .244
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Totals3941341714 
a-singled for Messenger in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Hermida (3, J. Jennings), Matt Treanor (4, J. Jennings)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (3, J. Jennings), Mike Jacobs (7, J. Jennings)
SH - Scott Olsen (2)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (19), Mike Jacobs (32), Jeremy Hermida (6), Matt Treanor (5)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs (13)
CS - Reggie Abercrombie (3, 2nd base by Mesa/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Willingham 1
DP - Olsen-H. Ramirez-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen (W,4-3) 6.2633131 5.60
Randy Messenger (H,3) 0.1100010 3.92
Carlos Martinez (H,2) 0.1100000 2.57
Taylor Tankersley (H,1) 0.1000010 0.00
Logan Kensing (H,5) 0.1000100 3.86
Joe Borowski (S,7) 1000010 4.22
WP - Scott Olsen (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 82-55, Randy Messenger 10-7, Carlos Martinez 7-5, Taylor Tankersley 6-4, Logan Kensing 11-6, Joe Borowski 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 8-7, Joe Borowski 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 25, Randy Messenger 2, Carlos Martinez 2, Taylor Tankersley 1, Logan Kensing 2, Joe Borowski 3
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B4000010 .292
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4020010 .324
Todd Helton, 1B4110012 .272
Matt Holliday, LF3132100 .340
Garrett Atkins, 3B4110013 .309
Eli Marrero, RF2000101 .224
    Jose Mesa, P0000000 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
   a- Cory Sullivan, PH1000000 .253
Yorvit Torrealba, C4000013 .000
Clint Barmes, SS4011000 .206
Jason Jennings, P2000000 .200
   b- Brad Hawpe, PH-RF1000012 .321
Totals333832611 
a-grounded out-bunting for Fuentes in the 9th
b-struck out for J. Jennings in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Spilborghs (1, Martinez), Garrett Atkins (16, Olsen)
HR - Matt Holliday (13, Olsen)
RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (41), Clint Barmes (29)
2-OUT RBI - Clint Barmes (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Carroll-Barmes-Helton, Barmes-Carroll-Helton
E - Clint Barmes (6, Wild throw), Jason Jennings (1, Wild throw), Yorvit Torrealba (1, Missed catch)
Colorado Rockies
Jason Jennings (L,3-6) 71043142 4.48
Jose Mesa 1200010 3.20
Brian Fuentes 1100020 1.19
IBB - Treanor by Jason Jennings
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 99-66, Jose Mesa 16-11, Brian Fuentes 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 14-3, Jose Mesa 2-0
Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 32, Jose Mesa 5, Brian Fuentes 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21125
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Joe Brinkman