Miami (13-6) at Colorado (8-11)

  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 27, 2004
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Darren Oliver is not like most pitchers. He enjoys Coors Field.

Oliver will try to lead the Florida Marlins to their second straight victory when they meet the Colorado Rockies in the middle game of their series.

The 33-year-old left-hander, who was 13-11 with the Rockies last season, is 8-3 with a 4.80 ERA in 19 career games at Coors Field.

He said it’s hard to explain why he does so well in a ballpark known to be extremely tough on pitchers.

“In that park, you never know,” Oliver said. “Some days it can be 2-1 and some days, 15-10. You never know there. Maybe they just scored a bunch of runs when I pitched and I happened to get past the fifth inning.”

The Marlins, who dropped two of three to Atlanta over the weekend, opened this series with a 6-3 victory on Monday.

Carl Pavano pitched eight strong innings, and Miguel Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez each hit a two-run homer to help Florida continue the best start in franchise history.

Gonzalez, who is batting .175, finished 2-for-4 for his first multihit game of the season.

The Rockies lost for the third time in their last four. Third baseman Vinny Castilla went 0-for-3, snapping his 10-game hitting streak and his team-record streak of 10 consecutive games with an RBI.

Jeromy Burnitz homered and Todd Helton had an RBI double for Colorado. Kit Pellow added an RBI single in the ninth off Chad Fox, but Marlins closer Armando Benitez struck out Charles Johnson with two on for his 10th save in 10 chances.

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D. Oliver TOR vs. S. Estes WAS
3-3 Record 15-8
5.94 ERA 5.84
46 K 117
21 BB 105
1.49 WHIP 1.62