Bergman earns 1st win as Rox top Marlins 7-4
AP Sports Writer
DENVER — Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and Christian Bergman pitched into the seventh to earn his first major league win, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Sunday.
Bergman (1-2) was reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day after missing 51 games with a broken left hand. He gave up nine hits and four runs in his first start since June 20.
Arenado kept up his torrid month by going 2 for 4, raising his average to .388 in August. He also was hit on the right elbow in the fifth but stayed in the game.
Miami’s Brad Hand (2-6) settled down after giving up two early homers. But he lasted just 4 1-3 innings and was charged with four runs and nine hits.
The Rockies have won five of their last seven games in their best stretch since mid-June.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.
Charlie Blackmon took advantage of a lackadaisical play by Giancarlo Stanton in right to turn a routine single into a double in the sixth. Stanton nonchalantly fielded a roller through the infield and casually threw it into the infield. Blackmon immediately rounded first and easily slid into second.
Blackmon then scored on a double from Drew Stubbs to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead.
That insurance run would come in handy as the Marlins scored twice in the seventh on an RBI double by Jeff Baker and a run-scoring single for Stanton.
Juan Nicasio kept the Rockies in front by recording the final two outs of the inning.
DJ LeMahieu then gave Colorado some breathing room with a two-run double in the seventh.
Adeiny Hechavarria tied a team record with two triples, each after Blackmon struggled to pick up the ball in the glare of the sun as he retreated toward the fence in right.
Arenado hit his 14th homer in the first. Two batters later, Michael McKenry hit a solo shot off Hand.
Marlins: LHP Dan Jennings, who suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a line drive on Aug. 7, threw two innings on Friday for Single-A Jupiter. His next appearance is to be determined.
Rockies: OF Michael Cuddyer (strained left hamstring) was placed on the DL for the third time this season. The NL batting champion also was out with a strained left hamstring in April and missed more than two months with a fractured left shoulder. “This year has been rough,” Cuddyer said.
Marlins: Miami will make its first visit to Anaheim, California, since 2005 to play the Angels. RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.45 ERA) pitches for the Marlins when the series begins Monday night.
Rockies: After nine straight at Coors Field, the Rockies head to San Francisco on Monday. LHP Tyler Matzek (2-9, 5.38 ERA) goes for Colorado.
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