The Rockies dropped the series opener in Miami on Friday night as the Marlins won 6-3. Derek Dietrich's RBI bloop single in the bottom of the eighth put the Marlins ahead for good. The Rockies are now 6-13 all time at Marlins Park.
The Marlins rallied against Jake McGee in the eighth, starting with a lead off single from Christian Yelich. A walk to Marcell Ozuna pushed Yelich into scoring position for Dietrich's one-out hit. Tomas Telis (real player) then hit a two run triple to make it 6-3.
The Rockies got the scoring started in the third inning. With Charlie Blackmon on base after a ground rule double, Nolan Arenado muscled a low-and-away change up over the right-centerfield wall for his 26th home run of the season and RBI no. 99 and 100 on the season.
Nolan is VERY good at baseball! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/mTk359ELG8— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 12, 2017
Gerardo Parra made it 3-1 in the sixth with a solo shot of his own.
Jon Gray made the start for the Rockies and more or less cruised through five innings, thanks in part to some key defensive plays (including two outfield assists from Gerardo Parra).
Gray ran into some trouble in the bottom half of the inning, though. He gave up Giancarlo Stanton’s 40th (!) home run of the season. Christian Yelich followed that up with a double and later scored on a sac fly from JT Realmuto to tie the game 3-3. After walking Derek Dietrich, Gray was removed for Mike Dunn, who got Telis to fly out to end the threat. Gray finished the game with 52⁄3 innings pitched, allowing three runs (all earned) on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision.
The Rockies will take on the Marlins again on Saturday at 5:10 pm MT as Jeff Hoffman (5-3, 5.03 ERA) takes on Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.31 ERA).