Rockies lose 10-5, Marlins avoid four-game sweep
DENVER ” Cody Ross homered and drove in five runs, Chris Volstad tossed two scoreless innings to win his major league debut and the Florida Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-5 Sunday.
Ross knocked in 15 runs in the four-game series after coming to Colorado with just 32 RBIs this season.
Colorado had won five straight but got a rare bad outing from ace Aaron Cook, who had his worst outing of the year on the day he made his first All-Star team. Cook allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits in 7 1-3 innings.
Volstad, who was called up from Double-A Carolina before the game, escaped a based-loaded jam in the sixth when Clint Barmes flied out weakly to center, preserving Florida’s 5-4 lead.
The 21-year-old right-hander was the 16th overall selection in the 2005 draft.
Ross gave Florida a 5-4 lead when he lined a two-run single just past the outstretched glove of first baseman Jeff Baker in the top of the sixth, and he chased Cook with a two-run homer, his 15th, in the eighth that made it 7-4.
The Rockies pulled to 7-5 in the eighth when Omar Quintanilla scored on Renyel Pinto’s wild pitch, but Florida added three insurance runs in the ninth, including Ross’ RBI double.
Cook (11-6), who was coming off a 79-pitch shutout of San Diego in his last outing, failed in his quest to become the first Rockies pitcher to win a dozen games before the All-Star break.
He allowed Paul Hoover’s RBI single in the second and gave up two more runs in the third, when starting pitcher Mark Hendrickson led off with a single and scored on Wes Helms’ sacrifice fly.
Cook made up for it by knocking in a run with a double and scoring on Ryan Spilborghs’ two-run single that gave Colorado a 4-3 lead an inning later.
After hitting 10 home runs over the previous two games ” the most in franchise history ” the Rockies went long just once Sunday, on Brad Hawpe’s 13th homer in the second inning.
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