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MIAMI - The Miami Marlins scored three runs in the fourth, and rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez took it from there, shutting down the Colorado Rockies, 3-0, Saturday night at Marlins Park.

Fernandez (10-5) allowed four hits, no walks and no runs in seven innings, striking out eight. Fernandez, whose 2.30 ERA ranks third in the majors, also beat the Rockies 4-2 on July 23 in Denver.

The Marlins' ace threw three 1-2-3 innings, and when he got in trouble, he got out of jams with his breaking ball. The Rockies had runners on first and second with no outs in the second before Fernandez got three straight outs on curves.

Fernandez also gave up a one-out double to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth before getting two straight outs on curves.

A.J. Ramos pitched a perfect eighth inning, and closer Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 28th save.

The Marlins broke a four-game losing streak and tied the three-game series 1-1.

Colorado, which has not won a road series since July 10 at San Diego, has lost six of its past eight games. The Rockies are 24-44 on the road. No team in the majors has more road losses than Colorado so far this season.

The loss went to Jeff Manship (0-4), who allowed four hits, two walks and three runs in six innings. His ERA, which had ballooned to 7.80 after three starts, actually improved to 6.86.

Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton singled twice and is now just four hits away from 2,500 for his career.

The Marlins scored first, tallying three runs in the fourth inning. Giancarlo Stanton led off with a hard line-drive double that left fielder Corey Dickerson nearly caught by his shoelaces. Stanton advanced to third on Logan Morrison's groundout to first base.

Colorado then brought the infield in, and Ed Lucas beat the maneuver with a ground-ball single just inside the third-base bag, scoring Stanton. Adeiny Hechavarria then lofted an RBI triple to deep left-center and scored on Jake Marisnick's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: This three-game series ends Sunday. Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa matches up with Miami RHP Jacob Turner in a day game. De La Rosa figures to have the advantage since he is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in day games this season. ... Marlins 3B Placido Polanco took infield practice Saturday for the first time since being hit by a pitch and suffering a concussion Aug. 16. ... Rockies 1B Ryan Wheeler had no RBI in his first 13 at-bats this season before delivering the game-winning double in the eighth inning Friday. ... RHPs Tyler Chatwood (elbow) and Roy Oswalt (hamstring) threw bullpen sessions for the Rockies Saturday. Chatwood is closer to returning and will pitch a rehab game in the minors next week. ... Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez (strained middle finger on his right hand) took some dry swings but has not yet faced live pitching. ... Pro wrestler Goldberg threw out Saturday's first pitch. The Legends of Wrestling show was held in a makeshift ring just outside Marlins Park.
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