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Miami at Colorado

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Miami (36-61) «201000000390
Colorado (48-52)000100000190

Marlins 3, Rockies 1

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DENVER -- Runs at hitter-friendly Coors Field aren't normally cause for celebration. The Miami Marlins beg to differ.

After going eight days without crossing the plate, the Marlins scored twice in the first inning Monday night. It led to high-fives and cheering in the dugout. More important, it led to a victory.

Tom Koehler tossed seven strong innings, Ed Lucas homered and the Miami Marlins scored for the first time in four games in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies.

"You know it's going to happen eventually," Lucas said. "You hope. It was important for us to do it early and get that monkey off our back."

Giancarlo Stanton reached base three times and Steve Cishek notched his 18th save for Miami, which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Troy Tulowitzki hit his 17th home run and D.J. LeMahieu had three hits for the Rockies, who are 2-2 in a key 10-game homestand.

The Marlins' scoring drought reached a franchise-record 37 innings after a three-game sweep at Milwaukee over the weekend. They had not scored since Derek Dietrich's two-run homer in the fourth inning of a loss to Washington on July 14.

They failed to score the last six innings of that game before being shut out in three straight games for the second time in franchise history.

The Marlins ended their frustration right away against Colorado. Lucas reached on a one-out single in the first and scored on Stanton's double to right. Stanton scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

"All the guys were pretty excited about us scoring a run there in the first. I saw a couple of fist pumps and I know the guys were having fun with it," manager Mike Redmond said.

"We knew it was going to come. As frustrating as the Milwaukee series was, these guys have done a good job of turning the page."

Lucas said the players have stayed positive despite the lack of runs, but finally breaking through helped relax the team.

"You could sense the relief in the dugout. A lot of chatter, a lot of chirping," he said. "A lot more energy in the dugout."

Lucas gave Miami a 3-0 lead when he crushed Drew Pomeranz's 89 mph fastball down the left-field line to lead off the third.

It was another poor outing for Pomeranz (0-4), the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with Cleveland two years ago. Pomeranz began this season in Triple-A before being called up June 28. He had an 8.76 ERA in three starts and was sent to Double-A Tulsa.

He was recalled Monday, but struggled against the Marlins, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.

"I think maybe I'm just over-thinking a little bit, trying to be too fine with things instead of just attacking guys," Pomeranz said.

The Rockies' offense didn't help. Colorado has scored one run or less eight times in July.

"We got some hits, but we couldn't string anything together," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "You score one run, you're not going to win many games."

Koehler (2-5) looked sharp in his first start since July 2. His only blemish was Tulowitzki's homer to lead off the fourth that made it 3-1.

Michael Cuddyer followed with a double, but Koehler struck out Todd Helton and retired Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado to strand Cuddyer at third.

"I wasn't as upset with the home run as I was with the double," Koehler said. "Tulo's a great hitter. You get 3-0 and he's looking for one thing and put a charge into it. I was a little disappointed I didn't come back and get right back in the zone. It took me an extra hitter, but the strikeout to Helton was definitely was a big lift."

Koehler allowed one run on eight hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter in seven innings. It was the fourth time in 11 starts he has pitched at least seven innings.

"He had great command. He was pounding his fastball in and out and threw some great breaking balls," Redmond said. "They had some hits off him they hit hard, but he was in complete control. It was a great effort by him and on quite a few days of rest."

Notes

The Rockies optioned INF Josh Rutledge to Triple A to make room for Pomeranz on the roster. ... After the game, Miami GM Larry Beinfest said the team optioned Dietrich and outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Double-A Jacksonville. Beinfest said the team will select the contracts of outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Jacksonville on Tuesday. The Marlins will announce corresponding moves to their 40-man roster at that time, Beinfest said. ... Marlins starters have allowed three or fewer runs in 26 of the last 30 games. ... The Rockies will send RHP Jhoulys Chacin (9-4, 3.50 ERA) to the mound against Miami's Jose Fernandez (5-5. 2.75) in the second game of the series Tuesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Miami

E. Lucas
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

T. Tulowitzki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4010121 .251
Ed Lucas, 1B5221012 .273
Giancarlo Stanton, RF2111210 .239
Marcell Ozuna, CF3020101 .265
Placido Polanco, 3B3021001 .254
Donovan Solano, 2B4000004 .258
Justin Ruggiano, LF3000100 .202
Jeff Mathis, C4010003 .192
Tom Koehler, P2000000 .053
   a-Greg Dobbs, PH1000010 .221
Totals3139355  
a-struck out for Qualls in the 9th
Batting
2B - Giancarlo Stanton (11, Pomeranz)
HR - Ed Lucas (2, Pomeranz)
SF - Placido Polanco (2)
SH - Tom Koehler (1)
RBI - Ed Lucas (9), Giancarlo Stanton (28), Placido Polanco (16)
SB - Adeiny Hechavarria (5, 2nd base off Pomeranz/Rosario)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Solano-Hechavarria-Lucas
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Koehler (W,2-5) 7811071 4.38
Chad Qualls (H,7) 1100000 2.68
Steve Cishek (S,18) 1000020 3.16
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Koehler 91-61, Chad Qualls 10-7, Steve Cishek 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Koehler 3-10, Chad Qualls 2-1, Steve Cishek 1-0
Batters Faced - Tom Koehler 28, Chad Qualls 4, Steve Cishek 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4000010 .280
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4030000 .278
Carlos Gonzalez, LF4010013 .301
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4121002 .335
Michael Cuddyer, RF4020002 .331
Todd Helton, 1B4000033 .260
Wilin Rosario, C4000033 .271
Nolan Arenado, 3B4010001 .240
Drew Pomeranz, P1000002 .000
   Manny Corpas, P1000010 .000
   a-Jordan Pacheco, PH1000000 .230
Totals3519109  
a-flied out for Corpas in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Gonzalez (23, Qualls), Michael Cuddyer (20, Koehler)
HR - Troy Tulowitzki (17, Koehler)
RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (55)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Arenado-LeMahieu-Helton, Arenado-LeMahieu-Helton-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Helton, Arenado-LeMahieu-Helton-Tulowitzki-LeMahieu-Helton-Corpas-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Pomeranz (L,0-4) 4.1533421 8.10
Manny Corpas 2.2200000 4.03
Wilton Lopez 2200130 4.28
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 78-45, Manny Corpas 19-15, Wilton Lopez 38-26
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 4-6, Manny Corpas 4-2, Wilton Lopez 2-1
Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 21, Manny Corpas 8, Wilton Lopez 9
Game Information
Attendance - 31913
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Brian Knight