Rockies 2, Marlins 1

Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies were able to survive another night of meager output from their sputtering offense Wednesday. They managed to slip by the Miami Marlins 2-1 because of the efforts of starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and several relievers.
The Rockies have scored three or fewer runs in 11 of their past 16 games and just five runs in three games against the Marlins, who had won the first two games of this four-game series.
De La Rosa (10-5) gave up five singles in six scoreless innings and got seven outs on ground balls, six to third baseman Nolan Arenado. De La Rosa, who lowered his ERA to 2.97, has allowed three or fewer runs in eight straight starts.
Edgmer Escalona relieved De La Rosa and gave up line-drive singles to Donovan Solano and Jeff Mathis to start the seventh, both hits whizzing over Escalona's head. He hit pinch hitter Greg Dobbs with his first pitch. Escalona got ahead of Adeiny Hechavarria 0-2, ran the count full but struck him out looking.
Left-hander Josh Outman came on to face Christian Yelich, a left-handed hitter playing his second game in the big leagues, and struck him out. Manager Walt Weiss brought on Wilton Lopez to face Giancarlo Stanton, who homered Tuesday off Outman, and Lopez got Stanton to ground into a fielder's choice.
Matt Belisle gave up a leadoff single to Ed Lucas in the eighth. Placido Polanco followed with a grounder to first baseman Todd Helton, who forced Lucas at second, but shortstop Troy Tulowitzki threw wide of first base, putting Polanco on second. He took third on Jake Marisnick's grounder to Helton and scored on Donovan Solano's single. Belise then struck out pinch hitter Justin Ruggiano, who is hitless in his past 31 at-bats.
Rex Brothers walked Stanton with two out in the ninth but got Lucas to ground into a game-ending force out to earn his sixth save.
Jacob Turner (3-3) gave the Marlins their third straight strong start in the series, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings and giving the Miami starters a 2.50 ERA (20 innings pitched, five earned runs) in the three games.
DJ LeMahieu's sacrifice fly in the fifth gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead. Yorvit Torrealba opened the inning with a single and was sacrificed to second. Dexter Fowler dropped a single into short right-center, ending a 0-for-13 drought and sending Torrealba to third.
Nolan Arenado's two-out single in the second scored Todd Helton, who had doubled. It was the 579th double of Helton's career and moved him past Hall of Famer Wade Boggs into sole possession of 18th place all-time.
Jorge De La Rosa had runners on first and third with two out in each of the first two innings but both times ended the inning on a fielder's choice with a ground ball to third baseman Arenado.
NOTES: Marlins LF Christian Yelich, who went 3-for-4 in his major-league debut Tuesday, is the fourth player under the age of 22 since 1980 to have three hits in each of his first three at-bats. He joined Daryl Boston (1984), Jose Offerman (1990) and Jay Bruce (2008). Yelich is the first major league player with three hits and two RBI in his debut since J.P. Arencibia in 2010. ... Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez was caught stealing for just the second time in 21 attempts this season when he was thrown out trying to steal second base to end the first. ... Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna, who was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville after Monday night's game, will see a hand specialist in Miami on Thursday morning instead of Wednesday as originally planned. He jammed his left thumb making a diving catch Monday. Ozuna will likely end up on the disabled list where he will continue to accrue big league service time. That would enable Ozuna to achieve "Super 2" status and be eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season.

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