A seven-run sixth inning put the Rockies in the lead for good as they bounced back from a tough loss last night for a 12-6 victory over the Miami Marlins.
After Giancarlo Stanton hit an absolutely massive home run, measured by Statcast at 504 feet, in the fifth to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead, the Rockies exploded for a big sixth inning against Miami starter Andrew Cashner.
Cristhian Adames started the inning with a pinch-hit single and scored on a Charlie Blackmon triple to tie the game. DJ LeMahieu then singled to bring home Blackmon and then came around on a Carlos Gonzalez double to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead. Nolan Arenado was the first Rockies hitter in the inning not to get a hit, as he walked and Cashner was pulled from the game.
Miami brought in lefty reliever Mike Dunn to face rookie David Dahl with two on and none out, but Dahl prevailed in the left-on-left matchup with an RBI single to give the Rockies a 6-3 lead. Dunn then struck out Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso before Nick Hundley extended the lead and the inning with a single that brought home Arenado to make it 7-3. The Rockies’ final two runs of the inning came on a two-run single from Blackmon after Adames had walked in his second trip to the plate.
The Rockies added three more runs in the seventh against Marlins reliever Nefi Ogando on a two-run double from Descalso and an RBI single from pinch hitter Ryan Raburn.
Of note late in the game, Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki led off the eighth with an infield single, the 2,999th hit of his career, before the Rockies bullpen closed out the victory.
The Rockies will now look to Jon Gray in the rubber game of the series tomorrow against the Marlins’ Adam Conley. First pitch is at 2:10 p.m. Mountain time.