The Colorado Rockies are enjoying the month of July so far.
After rallying for a dramatic extra-inning victory, the Rockies look to match their longest winning streak of the season Friday night when they host the Florida Marlins in the second game of their four-game series.
The Rockies (35-51) ended June with a season high-tying eight-game slide. They halted that run by outscoring San Diego 12-1 to win the final two contests of that three-game series to start July.
Colorado continued that success on Thursday, getting a two-run single by Ryan Spilborghs in the bottom of the 11th to secure a 6-5 win over the Marlins (44-41). Jeff Baker, filling in for injured first baseman Todd Helton, had a season-high four RBIs for the Rockies.
“It’s just one game, but for us to win more and more games is important,” Spilborghs said.
Helton sat out with a back injury while center fielder Willy Taveras was sidelined with a pulled thigh muscle. Their statuses are uncertain.
The Rockies have won four in a row twice this season, a far cry from their 11-game winning streak from Sept. 16-27 of last season, which helped them qualify for the playoffs before earning their first NL pennant.
Third baseman Garrett Atkins has been solid over the last three games, going 6-for-13 (.462) with a homer and five RBIs. That stretch came after the third baseman went 6-for-30 (.200) with no homers or RBIs in eight games. He capitalized on left-hander Andrew Miller on Thursday, going 2-for-3 off him to raise his batting average against southpaws to a major league-best .484.
Hes 4-for-8 with a homer off left-hander Scott Olsen, Florida’s scheduled starter for Friday.
Colorado’s starters have also been key during this winning streak, going 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA and pitching at least six innings in each contest.
The Rockies hope Greg Reynolds (2-6, 5.75 ERA) can avoid losing a third consecutive start in his first game against Florida.
The rookie right-hander, who turned 23 on Thursday, has dropped his last two games, yielding seven runs and 16 hits in 12 2-3 innings. He allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings of Sunday’s 4-3 loss at Detroit.
The Marlins, meanwhile, hope Olsen (4-4, 3.47) can help them rebound by getting his first win in nearly two months.
The left-hander is 0-3 with a 4.53 ERA in his last 10 starts since winning on May 6. However, he’s only received 22 runs of support in that stretch, getting three or fewer in eight contests. He went 4-1 with a 2.22 ERA in his first seven starts of the season.
Olsen was solid Sunday, yielding three runs and five hits in seven innings, but he didn’t get the decision in the 4-3 win over Arizona.
“I don’t really worry about wins and losses,” Olsen told the team’s official Web site. “Yeah, I’d like to win. But it’s not about whether I win. It’s whether the team wins.”
He’s 1-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three career games against Colorado, and he lasted only two-plus innings in his last start at Denver after giving up six runs and eight hits, including homers by Atkins and Chris Iannetta, in a 13-0 loss on Sept. 16.