Marlins 5, Rockies 3

Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


DENVER -- The Miami Marlins may be going nowhere in the standings, but they played exceedingly well against the Colorado Rockies, winning for the third time in a four-game series with a 5-3 victory on Thursday.
The game was scoreless as the teams sat through a 1-hour, 33 minute rain delay in the seventh inning before the Marlins scored a run in the eighth on a wild pitch and added four in the ninth.
After Rockies starter Juan Nicasio pitched seven scoreless innings, Adam Ottavino struck out the first two Marlins batters he faced in the eighth. But Rob Brantly grounded a single to right and took third when Greg Dobbs did likewise. Brantly scored when Ottavino threw a wild pitch. Catcher Wilin Rosario tried to backhand Ottavino's slider rather than shift toward the ball and was unable to keep the ball from bouncing away.
The magnitude of that run quickly faded in the ninth as the Marlins strafed Wilton Lopez. He gave up back-to-back doubles to Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton to open the inning. Ed Lucas singled home a run and Donovan Solano followed a two-run homer.
The Rockies answered with three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Michael Cuddyer doubled home a run as rookie center fielder Jake Marisnick had the ball hit the heel of his glove as he neared the wall. Rosario followed with a run-scoring single and took second when Marisnick made an ill-advised throw home.
Closer Steve Cishek relieved Kevin Slowey and got Charlie Blackmon to pop out, but Nolan Arenado singled and Rosario scored when right fielder Giancarlo Stanton bobbled the ball. Cishek quickly regrouped and got Jonathan Herrera to ground into a game-ending double play on his first pitch.
The loss left the Rockies with a 3-4 record on their pivotal 10-game homestand to start the second half. The Marlins head home after a 3-4 road trip that began with three shutout losses at Milwaukee.
After Nicasio set the side down in order in the seventh and had retired 10 straight batters, the game was halted by rain. Nicasio held the Marlins to two hits with no walks and a season-high nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high, in seven innings.
The Marlins got one man to second base against Nicasio. Stanton doubled with two out in the first, but Nicasio struck out Logan Morrison.
Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi limited the Rockies to three singles in six innings. He rebounded from his worst start of the season on Saturday at Milwaukee after he allowed a season-high six runs in four innings.
NOTES: Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. He aggravated his sprained right middle finger while striking out in the first and is listed day to day. ... Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna is scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday in Miami to repair a ligament tear and avulsion fracture in his left thumb and will miss the rest of the season. He was injured Monday night while making a diving catch. Ozuna was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville after the game, but the option was voided and Ozuna was placed on the major league disabled list retroactive to Tuesday. An avulsion fracture occurs when a piece of the bone tears away with the ligament. ... IF Chris Valaika, whom the Marlins designated for assignment on Tuesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans. ... Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin said his upper left thigh, which was struck with a line drive on Tuesday, was sore and bruised "but nothing bad," and he was "100 percent" certain that he would make his scheduled start on Sunday against Milwaukee. ... Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki was given a planned day off from starting but pinch hit in the eighth, popped out and stayed in the game.