Marlins pile up six runs in first two innings and hang on for just enough against Rockies

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18: Tyler Chatwood #32 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after allowing a hit during a game against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Tyler Chatwood has been showing himself to be a capable starter while on the road for the Rockies, but a return to Coors Field saw him become vulnerable again, as the Miami Marlins produced a steady barrage of hits and scored six runs off him in the first two innings. That blow proved fatal to the Rockies in terms of this game, as they managed just five runs in route to losing their second straight 6-5 game against Miami.

Chatwood allowed nine hits total in four innings, the biggest blow coming off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a three run home run in the first and continued his run of dominance against the Rockies. In the second inning, Chatwood allowed two more runs thanks to a Jose Reyes triple. Eight Marlins finished the game with at least one hit, and five finished with two, as the team pounded out 14 hits in all against the Rockies. While Chatwood and relievers Carlos Torres and Will Harris put the brakes on Miami's scoring after those first two innings, Rockies pitchers didn't put up a clean inning until the eighth when Harris and Matt Reynolds combined for a 1-2-3 frame.

The Rockies scored a run in the fourth when Tyler Colvin doubled home Dexter Fowler. Fowler reached base safely four times, twice with hits, twice by walk. Colvin, Wilin Rosario and Josh Rutledge each had two hits or more and Michael Cuddyer also reached base twice safely. After effective Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi had been pulled, Rosario started the Rockies rally in the eighth off the Marlins bullpen with a walk and scored after Colvin singled on a Jordan Pacheco RBI hit. Colvin later scored on a Chris Nelson sacrifice fly before the inning ended. In the ninth, Fowler and Rosario both singled and scored thanks to a a two out, two RBI hit from Colvin before Pacheco grounded out to squash the rally and end the game.

The Rockies will try to bounce back and earn a split of the four game series with a win tomorrow.


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