Marquis will try to get Colorado back in the win column Wednesday night at Angel Stadium where it concludes its three-game interleague set with a Los Angeles Angels club that has pulled even for the AL West lead.
Marquis (9-4, 3.71 ERA) just missed his sixth career complete game Friday, giving up three runs and eight hits over 8 2-3 innings. Manager Jim Tracy gave him a chance to complete the game after allowing an RBI single by pinch hitter Eric Hinske(notes), but rookie Andrew McCutchen(notes) added an run-scoring triple that ended Marquis’ outing.
“I needed to make better pitches to Hinske and McCutchen. But you know what, we got the win and that’s what matters,” said Marquis, 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last six starts.
With a win Wednesday, Marquis would reach double-digits for the sixth straight year. Now in his 10th season, he has never faced the Angels.
Marquis, though, has faced Bobby Abreu(notes), and the Angels slugger is just 3 for 21 lifetime against the right-hander. Abreu knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning Tuesday as Los Angeles snapped Colorado’s six-game winning streak, 4-3.
“(Colorado starter Ubaldo) Jimenez had nasty stuff,” Angels center fielder Torii Hunter(notes) said. “He struck Bobby out twice, but Bobby came through in the end and picked us up big-time. Bobby’s a veteran hitter, and when the situation calls for it, he’s ready for it.”
The Rockies (37-34) had won 17 of their last 18 and a franchise-best nine straight on the road.
After batting .327 during a six-game winning streak overall, Colorado had just six hits Tuesday. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki(notes), though, had his first career multihomer game with a leadoff shot in the fourth and two-run drive in the sixth that chased Angels starter Sean O’Sullivan(notes).
Meanwhile, Los Angeles (37-32) ended its three-game and moved into a tie with Texas atop the division. It is the first time the Angels have been in first since defeating Oakland 3-0 on Opening Day.
Joe Saunders(notes) (7-4, 3.80) takes the mound as Los Angeles tries to close out its six-game homestand with a .500 record. The left-hander did not factor in Friday’s 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers after yielding four runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings.
Saunders struck out four, but he walked three and gave up two homers during his 102-pitch outing.
“I was struggling to make pitches all night,” he said. “It was a matter of who can outlast who and (Dodgers righty Chad) Billingsley and I were both battling out there. It’s kind of one of those nights where you know you don’t have anything.”
This is Saunders’ first appearance against Colorado.