Jeff Fassero looks to snap a personal 10-game losing streak and help the Colorado Rockies end a season-high seven-game slide as they conclude a three-game interleague series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.
Fassero, who has works mostly out of the bullpen, has not won a decision since last June 28 in relief for St. Louis. The veteran left-hander has not won a start since Aug. 9, 2000, at Anaheim when he pitched for Boston.
Fassero, the oldest player on the team at 41, is winless in 20 appearances this season, including three losses in relief and defeats in all three of his starts.
However, Fassero is coming off his best outing of the year at New York on Tuesday. He allowed two runs and six hits over 5 2-3 innings, but took the loss in Colorado’s 2-1 setback to the Yankees.
“I’m doing what I wanted to do when I came here, that’s starting,” said Fassero, who fills in when the Rockies need a fifth starter.
Matt Holliday’s first career grand slam was not enough to keep Colorado from dropping its season-high seventh straight in Saturday’s 10-7 defeat to Tampa Bay. Todd Helton went 2-for-3, including a run-scoring single, for the Rockies, who have lost 19 of 23.
“If we don’t get better, we’re going to break some kind of record,” Helton said. “When it boils down, it’s no fun and it’s not a good thing to be going through.”
Tino Martinez and Toby Hall hit consecutive homers in the seventh inning for the Devil Rays, who equaled their best record ever after 59 games at 25-34. Hall had a two-run shot while Martinez hit his 310th career homer as Tampa Bay won its fourth straight. The Devil Rays have won nine of 12.
“Now we’re playing like I felt we were capable of playing,” Martinez said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”