Rockies 4, Tigers 3: Marquis excellent again, Rockies find the longball in a victory

Jason Marquis lasted 7.2 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs on 6 hits as the Rockies (17-25) outlasted the Tigers (24-17) 4-3, notching just their second one-run victory of the season. Marquis walked only one batter and struck out four, as he kept the Tigers off-balance all night, aside from the occasional hard hit ball mostly by guys named Miguel Cabrera and Gerald Laird. Randy Flores made an appearance in relief of Marquis in the bottom of the 8th and struck out the only batter he faced in Clete Thomas with nobody on base. Huston Street came on for the ninth and earned his 100th career save, becoming the second Rockies closer in as many seasons to accomplish the feat. Street walked two batters in the inning, but was able to notch a strike out of red-hot Gerald Laird to end the game.

In addition to the strong pitching performances across the board, the Rox were also able to find their sticks. Before leaving the game with a hamstring injury in the top of the sixth (more on that later), Chris Iannetta hit a solo home run and smacked a double down the left field line to raise his batting average to .231. The long ball was quite beneficial to the Rockies again when Todd Helton crushed a 3-0 offering from Armando Galarraga deep into the right field seats to break a 3-3 tie. Plus, Dexter Fowler had a good night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.

As for Iannetta's injury, it occurred while he was rounding third and trying to score on a hit (!) by Garrett Atkins. He has been officially listed as day-to-day, but could be placed on the DL due to the need for two catchers to be on the active roster at all times. Hopefully, Chris will recover quickly. However, the Rockies (as much as you'll all hate me for saying this) will be in decent hands with Yorvit Torrealba taking over the starting job while Iannetta's out.

Jason Hammel will be in search of his first victory tomorrow in the rubber match of this series, as he'll oppose a rejuvenated Dontrelle Willis at 11:05 AM MT. How about a series win, Rox?

 

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