The Colorado Rockies appear to be making a habit of comeback victories.
They’ll try to make things a bit easier on themselves Saturday night against the Florida Marlins as the teams continue a four-game series at Coors Field.
The Rockies (36-51) completed a franchise-record comeback Friday, rallying from a nine-run deficit and getting an RBI single from Chris Iannetta in the ninth inning to secure a wild 18-17 win over Florida (44-42). The teams combined for 43 hits, 21 of them for extra bases, including eight home runs - six for Colorado.
The improbable come-from-behind victory came a day after Ryan Spilborghs, who had a career-high four hits with two homers and three RBIs on Friday, singled home two runs in the 11th inning of a 6-5 win over the Marlins in Thursday’s opener.
“If people came for the fireworks, they got more than the postgame fireworks,” said Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday, who went 3-for-6 with two homers, including his third career grand slam Friday. “They got their money’s worth. Almost 40 runs, 40 hits.”
Holliday has been hot of late, going 13-for-30 (.433) with two homers and seven RBIs to increase his batting average to .336 - fourth in the NL.
The 2007 NLCS MVP and two-time All-Star has a season-high 14-game hitting streak at Coors Field, hitting .393 (22-for-56) with two homers and 14 RBIs. It’s his longest hitting streak there since a career-high 25-game run from May 16-July 6, 2007.
Holliday is batting .364 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 39 home games this season, going without a hit in only four of those contests. He’s excelled in 14 career games against Florida at Colorado, batting .368 (21-for-57) with six homers and 12 RBIs.
The Rockies will turn to Jorge De La Rosa (2-4, 6.70 ERA), who hopes to win for the first time in three starts.
The left-hander has been tagged for 10 runs and 16 hits in 9 2-3 innings over his last two starts. Those outings came after he limited his previous two opponents to three runs and five hits while striking out 18 in 11 innings.
De La Rosa struggled with his control on Monday and gave up six runs and a season-high 11 hits, including two homers, in five innings without receiving a decision in a 15-8 loss to San Diego.
He’s 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA in three games - two starts - against the Marlins, who set season highs in runs and hits (22) on Friday.
Hanley Ramirez had three hits, including a home run to lead off the game, and two RBIs Friday, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He is 17-for-48 (.354) with five homers and 10 RBIs during the streak, and is batting .342 (13-for-38) with two homers in eight games at Coors Field.
The Marlins will give the ball to rookie Ryan Tucker (2-2, 6.84), who is looking to win for the first time in three outings.
The 21-year-old right-hander, recalled from Double-A Carolina on June 8, is 0-1 while allowing 11 runs and 14 hits, including four homers, in nine innings over his last two starts.
He lasted five innings Monday, giving up four runs and six hits with six strikeouts and two walks in Florida’s 6-5, 10-inning win over Washington.