The Colorado Rockies won their third straight game 8-7 behind Germán Márquez and a red-hot offense. After gaining an early 5-0 lead and eventually stretching it out to 8-2, the Rockies let the tension mount as their bullpen allowed five runs in the final two innings. Wade Davis finally recorded the final out with the tying run at third base and the winning run at first.
The Rockies improved their overall record to 18-15 for the season and 4-3 on the current road trip.
Rockies offense stays hot
The majority of the offensive fireworks in this game happened in the first inning. The Rockies sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning scoring five runs on six hits. The biggest surprise in the inning was the Rockies scored all of their runs without hitting a single home run. For a team that has scored almost half of their runs this season via the long ball and has struggled to put together big innings, it was encouraging to see the parade of hits from the entire lineup.
The Rockies returned to their home-run hitting ways for the rest of the game. Charlie Blackmon hit his 11th home run of the season leading off the second inning and Tony Wolters hit his first home run in almost two years in the top of the 6th inning.
The Rockies have now scored 19 runs in the past two games after the offensive explosion to take the series in Chicago Wednedsay afternoon.
Passing the batton
The Rockies run of excellence from their starting pitching has been well documented. Márquez took the mound hoping to continue that run and pass the baton of domination on to Chad Bettis. The early returns were dubious as Márquez gave up a two-run homer to the second batter of the game to let the Mets cut the Rockies early lead to 5-2. Márquez quickly settled in, however, and kept the Mets from scoring for the rest of his six-inning outing.
In Rockies past 9 starts, including tonight’s outing by Marquez, ERA for Rox starters is 1.82— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) May 5, 2018
Chad Bettis takes the mound for the Rockies tomorrow evening at 5:10 PM MT. Bettis has been the Rockies most consistent starter this season and will be trying to give the Rockies a series win and also a guaranteed winning road trip.