Sports - Colorado Rockies

Apr 2, 2014 11:38 PM by Posted by Greg Smith

Big first inning produces first win for Rox

MIAMI -- After two nights of scattered but ultimately unfruitful offense, the Rockies put together just enough production for their first victory of the season, 6-5, over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park in front of 15,866.

The Rockies strung together 12 hits, including six in a three-run first inning. Their only extra-base hit was a first-inning RBI double by Carlos Gonzalez, who would leave the game in the bottom of the sixth as a precaution because of dizziness. Gonzalez, whose double was his third extra-base hit in as many games, struck out twice, each time with runners in scoring position, before being removed.

Right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-0) was mostly efficient over five innings, but he gave up a Giancarlo Stanton two-run homer after hitting a batter and walked Garrett Jones before exiting in the sixth. Adam Ottavino gave up a Casey McGehee double but struck out the next three batters to end the threat. One run did score on a wild pitch that catcher Jordan Pacheco, making his first start, let tick off his glove.

Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers (who overcame a four-pitch walk to Stanton and a one-out pass to McGehee in the eighth) and LaTroy Hawkins (first save) -- Colorado's reconstituted late bullpen -- held the lead.

It was a night of Rockies offensive patience that paid dividends. In the past two losses to the Marlins, the Rockies scattered some hits but never had big ones. Wednesday's game featured a lot of little ones.

After Gonzalez's double off Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez (0-1), Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado and Pacheco all singled, with Morneau and Pacheco driving in runs.

Colorado's other big inning, a three-run fourth, featured the Rockies taking advantage of poor defense and Alvarez's wildness.

Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria's throwing error let Arenado reach to lead off the inning. After Pacheco's single, Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich made a poor throw to second after fielding DJ LeMahieu's grounder to load the bases. With Lyles batting, Alvarez (three-plus innings, seven hits, six runs, three earned) issued a wild pitch, then loaded the bases by walking the pitcher.

Marlins reliever Kevin Slowey walked Charlie Blackmon to force in a run for a 6-1 advantage, but he struck out five and gave up three hits in four innings to keep his team close. Hawkins forced Jones to pop out to end the game with the potential tying run in scoring position.

 

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