First-place Rockies stay hot in Florida
MIAMI – Clint Barmes drove in the go-ahead run with a 10th-inning single to overcome a rare blown save by Brian Fuentes, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 Friday night.The Rockies lead the NL West thanks to a 7-3 record in one-run games. The Marlins, last in the NL East, fell to 1-6 in one-run games.Florida rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth against Fuentes (1-0), scoring without a hit to end his franchise-record streak of 21 consecutive converted saves.Colorado quickly regained the lead in the 10th against Matt Herges (0-2). Pinch hitter Ryan Spilborghs walked, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Barmes’ single.The Rockies improved to 8-3 on the road; only Detroit has a better away record. Last year the Rockies’ eighth road win came on July 18.Brad Hawpe hit his seventh home run for Colorado, and seven pitchers combined on a five-hitter. Scott Dohmann threw a perfect 10th for his first career save.Jose Mesa became the 19th pitcher to appear in 900 games and worked a hitless eighth for the Rockies. Mesa received a four-game suspension earlier Friday for throwing at San Francisco’s Omar Vizquel but was able to pitch because he filed an appeal.Hanley Ramirez started Florida’s rally in the ninth with a leadoff walk. He advanced on a wild pitch and took third on a sacrifice, and after Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked, Josh Willingham tied the score with a sacrifice fly.That kept Rockies starter Jeff Francis winless this season, even though he allowed only one run in 5 1-3 innings. Florida’s Brian Moehler limited Colorado to two runs in six innings, reducing his ERA from 13.14 to 9.82.Colorado scored in the third when Jamey Carroll led off with a single, took third on a single by Miguel Ojeda and came home when Cory Sullivan grounded into a forceout.Hawpe homered with two out in the fourth to make it 2-0, extending the Rockies’ streak of hitting at least one home run in all 11 road games. That’s their longest such streak since they did it in 13 consecutive games in 1997.All but one of Hawpe’s homers have come on the road.Florida scored after Francis struck out the first two batters in the fifth. Ramirez walked, stole second and came home on Dan Uggla’s double. The Marlins loaded the bases on two walks, one intentional, before Jacobs flied out to end the inning.Notes: Moehler started in place of RHP Sergio Mitre, who has been nursing a sore right big toe. Mitre’s next start was pushed back to Sunday. … With a runner at first in the sixth, Marlins CF Reggie Abercrombie dropped a routine fly but avoided an error by throwing to second for a forceout. … Colorado improved to 20-39 in Miami. … The Marlins struck out 14 times.
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