Marlins 9, Rockies 4

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DENVER (AP)—One phone call was all it took to relax Alex Gonzalez—the one that said he would be playing Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.

Gonzalez was suspended for three games for his part in a bench-clearing brawl last week in Philadelphia. He will not serve the penalty until a hearing is held.

“My agent called me early and said you can play,” Gonzalez said after homering in a 9-4 victory over Colorado.

“It’s Major League Baseball’s penalty to hand out,” Florida manager Jack McKeon said. “Do I like it? No I don’t like anything, any time you lose a player, you don’t like it.”

Josh Beckett (2-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings, while striking out seven at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

The World Series MVP avoided losing three straight starts for the second time in his career.

“He had enough to get them out,” McKeon said. “This park is tough on any pitcher. You can take Cy Young or Nolan Ryan, put them in here everyday and you’re going to give up a few runs.”

Jason Jennings (1-3) was tagged for six runs and walked four in five innings.

“That guy Beckett is a horse,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.

Miguel Cabrera, Mike Lowell and Hee Seop Choi also homered for the Marlins, who wrap up their road trip in San Francisco for a four-game series with the Giants.

Gonzalez led off the fourth with his second homer this season. Cabrera added his ninth leading off the fifth to make it 6-4.

“I tried to get my swing back,” Gonzalez said. “We’ve got four games left on the road to try to help on offense and defense.”

Lowell hit a three-run shot in first, and now has homered in every National League stadium except San Francisco’s SBC Park.

“I left a sinker up in the zone,” Jennings said. “I make a better pitch and I get out of the inning.”

Jeff Conine added a two-out RBI double in the third made to make it 4-1.

Mark Sweeney hit an RBI single in the second for Colorado. Matt Holliday singled and moved to second on a wild pitch ahead of Sweeney’s single.

Back-to-back RBI doubles by Vinny Castilla and Jeromy Burnitz in the third inning pulled Colorado within one. Todd Greene then hit an RBI single to tie it at 4-all.

Choi hit a three-run shot in the ninth, his seventh homer in 21 games.


McKeon and San Jose Sharks coach Ron Wilson spoke briefly before the game. The Sharks played Game 4 later that night against the Colorado Avalanche. … Florida has not lost consecutive series this year. … RHP Chad Fox was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. He will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Birmingham, Ala. … The Marlins recalled LHP Franklin Gracesqui from Triple-A Albuquerque. … Royce Clayton has an 11-game hittingstreak. … Todd Helton is hitting .383 against Florida.

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