|Colorado (55-52) «||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||4||7||0|
A night after the Rockies struck out 16 times and stranded 14 runners in a loss to Florida, they again struggled at the plate -- until the eighth.
"It's a big hit for the team," Holliday said.
"He hit a hanging slider," Benitez said. "Hey, what can I do? He got me."
Holliday took third on the throw home and scored easily on Atkins' fly.
"I was thinking the same thing the whole time -- try and hit the ball in the air," Atkins said. "I ended up hitting it pretty good."
Four Colorado relievers shut out Florida over the final 3 2/3 innings. LaTroy Hawkins (2-5) pitched the seventh, and Jorge Julio -- a washout as the Marlins' closer before being traded May 13 -- pitched a scoreless eighth.
"We pitched good tonight, and we found a way to score one more run than them," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "That's the sign of a good ballclub."
The Rockies won despite striking out 12 times, hiking their two-game total to 28. The Marlins struck out 12 times and stranded nine runners.
"We had some opportunities to add on," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We just didn't do it."
Colorado starter Jason Hirsh, activated from the disabled list before the game, tied a career high with eight strikeouts but allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Hirsh, who struck out NL batting leader Miguel Cabrera three times, had been sidelined since July 2 with a sprained right ankle.
"It was a challenge for Jason, coming back after being gone awhile," Hurdle said. "That was good step forward for him."
Marlins starter Rick VandenHurk left with a 3-2 lead after throwing 100 pitches in 4 1/3 innings. VandenHurk needed 41 pitches to get through the first inning -- one night after teammate Byung-Hyun Kim threw 37 in the first.
"Obviously you want to go as long as you can," VandenHurk said. "But I threw a lot of pitches in the first inning, so I couldn't go far in the game. They kept fouling it off."
VandenHurk is filling the rotation spot vacated by Josh Johnson, who will undergo elbow surgery Friday that's expected to sideline him through the 2008 season.
Florida used five relievers, including Renyel Pinto, who threw only five pitches before leaving the game with a shoulder strain.
VandenHurk threw 36 pitches before the Rockies put a ball in play. He struck out the first two batters, walked the next two and gave up an RBI single to Atkins.
Colorado's lead didn't last long. Hanley Ramirez walked to start the Marlins' first, and Uggla hit a drive that bounced off the top of the scoreboard for a homer.
The Rockies made it 2-all in the third when Matsui singled, stole second and came home on Holliday's single.
Willingham homered in the third to put Florida ahead 3-2.
|The Rockies' Kaz Matsui finishes the game with a pair of singles, his second multi-hit game in a row. (AP)|
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|Willy Taveras, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.316|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||4||2||2||0||0||2||2||.283|
|Matt Holliday, LF||3||2||2||2||1||1||2||.337|
|Todd Helton, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.296|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||3||0||2||2||0||1||0||.266|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.290|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.272|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.279|
|Jason Hirsh, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.100|
|Taylor Buchholz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.158|
|a- Ryan Spilborghs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.323|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Cory Sullivan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.325|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Buchholz in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Julio in the 9th|
|2B - Matt Holliday (36, Benitez)|
|SF - Garrett Atkins (8)|
|SH - Jason Hirsh (2)|
|RBI - Matt Holliday 2 (86), Garrett Atkins 2 (67)|
|2-OUT RBI - Garrett Atkins (20)|
|SB - Kaz Matsui (18, 2nd base off Vanden Hurk/Olivo)|
|CS - Willy Taveras (9, 2nd base by Lindstrom/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Matsui-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton|
|LaTroy Hawkins (W,2-5)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||4.09|
|Jorge Julio (H,9)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||5.54|
|Manuel Corpas (S,8)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2.24|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hirsh 98-63, Taylor Buchholz 10-7, LaTroy Hawkins 22-12, Jorge Julio 16-10, Manuel Corpas 11-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hirsh 3-4, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Jorge Julio 1-0, Manuel Corpas 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hirsh 25, Taylor Buchholz 2, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Jorge Julio 4, Manuel Corpas 3|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.338|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||1||2||2||1||0||0||.255|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||3||3||.339|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.269|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.260|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Lee Gardner, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Wood, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.286|
|Joe Borchard, PR-RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.199|
|Miguel Olivo, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.232|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF-1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||3||.269|
|Rick VandenHurk, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.083|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Mike Jacobs, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.267|
|Justin Miller, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Ross, RF-CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.295|
|a-fouled out for Lindstrom in the 6th|
|3B - Alfredo Amezaga (9, Hirsh)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (22, Hirsh), Josh Willingham (16, Hirsh)|
|SH - Rick VandenHurk (3)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (68), Josh Willingham (66)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Willingham (19)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez (31, 3rd base off Hirsh/Torrealba), Joe Borchard (4, 2nd base off Julio/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Jeremy Hermida 1|
|Matt Lindstrom (H,16)||1.1||1||0||0||0||3||0||3.77|
|Justin Miller (H,11)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.96|
|Armando Benitez (BS,5; L,2-7)||1||2||2||2||0||1||0||5.62|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick VandenHurk 100-65, Renyel Pinto 4-3, Matt Lindstrom 26-15, Justin Miller 21-12, Armando Benitez 20-15, Lee Gardner 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick VandenHurk 4-3, Justin Miller 1-0, Armando Benitez 1-1, Lee Gardner 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Rick VandenHurk 19, Renyel Pinto 1, Matt Lindstrom 4, Justin Miller 4, Armando Benitez 5, Lee Gardner 3|
|Attendance - 11927|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 88|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Brian Runge|