Smith drives in winning run, Rockies beat Marlins
MIAMI (AP)—The Florida Marlins have staged 33 come-from-behind victories this season.
The one Colorado put together Sunday would have made them proud—if the Marlins weren’t the ones on the losing end.
The Rockies rallied from two runs down before pinch-hitter Seth Smith drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the ninth inning, helping Colorado beat the Marlins 3-2 for a split of the four-game series.
Florida reliever Joe Nelson walked Chris Iannetta to lead off the ninth. Iannetta was replaced by pinch-runner Cory Sullivan, who stole second. Nelson (2-1) intentionally walked Brad Hawpe, then Smith singled up the middle to score Sullivan and give the Rockies their first lead.
“I usually don’t look for anything, I usually try and react,” Smith said. “He threw a couple fastballs, a couple change-ups. He left the fastball over the plate, and I got the barrel to it.”
Taylor Buchholz (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the win, and closer Brian Fuentes retired Jorge Cantu and Josh Willingham with the bases loaded in the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.
“I get flustered a little bit sometimes,” Fuentes said. “That’s where you’ve got to step off and say, ‘Hey, the only thing that matters is this next pitch, and I’m one pitch away from getting out of it.’ One pitch away from giving it up, too. But you don’t want to think about those types of things.”
The Marlins entered Sunday’s contest 1 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Phillies, and begin a crucial six-game trip to division rivals Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday.
“Bloop and a blast, is what we kept saying in the dugout. Bloop and a blast, we’re in the ball game,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “We didn’t get the bloop. We got the blast.”
“We had the upper hand seven innings of the game,” Willingham said. “We didn’t do a very good job of finishing the game. From an offensive standpoint, we scored the first two innings and didn’t score again. We have to keep the pressure on and put another run on the board.”
Scott Olsen baffled Colorado for six innings, striking out six and walking two. The only hit he allowed came in the sixth, when Willy Taveras grounded a one-out single down the third-base line. Taveras was later caught trying to steal second.
“I’m not expected to get a hit or do anything productive with the bat, so you’ve got to get me out of there in that situation,” Olsen said. “In a two-run game you’ve got to get me out of there.”
Rusch gave up two runs and six hits for Colorado, striking out eight over 5 1-3 innings.
“We had opportunities to score more runs and we didn’t score any more,” Jacobs said. “Rusch did a good job of settling down and (Olsen) threw a heck of a game. We couldn’t give him more runs to help support him.” ^Notes: Cantu singled twice for the Marlins to extend his career-best hitting streak to 12 games. … Florida C Matt Treanor caught nine innings at Class-A Jupiter on Saturday. … Marlins LHP Andrew Miller (patella tendinitis in right knee) is expected to pitch three innings in a Gulf Coast League game Monday. … Colorado LHP Jeff Francis (left shoulder inflammation) will rejoin the rotation this week.