Blue Jays 8, Rockies 3: Francis falters, Rogers rolls

Tom Szczerbowski

Jeff Francis struggled both out of the gate and late as former Rockie Esmil Rogers stifled Colorado's bats in an 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

In an outing that likely sealed his fate as the odd man out of the Rockies rotation, Jeff Francis allowed eight runs on 10 hits in six innings of work, inflating his ERA to 6.58 in an 8-3 Rockies loss.

Toronto starter Esmil Rogers retired the Rockies in order in the first. Francis, however, did not fare as well. He allowed six hits in the first inning, resulting in four runs, which would be all the Blue Jays needed in this one. Francis then retired the next 11 hitters he faced before Melky Cabrera's single and Edwin Encarnacion's 19th home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth extended the Toronto lead to 6-0.

At that point, the Rockies still were without a hit against Rogers, but Jonathan Herrera broke up the no-hitter with a one out single in the top of the sixth. Toronto responded in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back home runs from JP Arencibia and Maicer Izturis, extending their lead to 8-0.

The Rockies started the seventh with three straight hits, a ground-rule double from Carlos Gonzalez and singles by Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario, which along with an RBI ground out and an error netted the Rockies three runs, cutting the deficit to 8-3.

The Rockies managed just a Rosario walk in the last two innings, losing their second straight to the Blue Jays and dropping to 37-35 on the season. They will look to salvage a game in tomorrow's series finale as Juan Nicasio takes the hill against Mark Buehrle.

Source: FanGraphs

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