Colorado losing streak ends at 10 in Miami |

Colorado losing streak ends at 10 in Miami

Colorado Rockies third base coach Mike Gallego, left, shakes hands with Aaron Miles after Miles hit a grand slam in the fourth inning off Florida Marlins' Al Leiter Sunday, May 8, 2005, in Miami. The Rockies won 8-3. (AP Photo/Steve Mitchell)

MIAMI ” First, Clint Barmes hit an inside-the-park homer to score three runs. Then 5-foot-7 Aaron Miles hit a grand slam. And to cap an afternoon of improbable achievements by the Colorado Rockies, they won. On the road.

With their fluky display of power, the Rockies improved to 2-15 away from Denver and snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating the Florida Marlins 8-3 Sunday.

“We needed a big game,” Miles said. “We got it.”

Jeff Francis (2-1) pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Rockies, who earned their first win since April 23. It came at the end of a three-city swing, allowing them to finish the trip 1-8.

“We definitely needed this one after all the tough losses we’ve had on the trip,” Barmes said. The rookie scored twice and went 2-for-4, hiking his average to .404.

The Rockies entered the game with baseball’s worst record and had lost seven in a row against Florida. They overcame an early 1-0 deficit to end that streak.

Barmes was credited with his fifth home run when his liner to short right field eluded Juan Encarnacion, putting the Rockies ahead 4-1. Miles hit his first homer with two outs in the fourth.

“One of the things we had been missing was a big hit,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “Today we got two.”

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