Back in spring training, when the Rockies were speaking loudly and carrying a big chip on their shoulders, this is what they were talking about: a 9-6 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night at raucous Coors Field.
The Rockies got a solid six-inning start from right-hander German Marquez, who appears to be slowly gaining his form. And they pounded out 15 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance from center fielder Garrett Hampson, who came up a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
All of that offense came a night after Colorado ripped Reds pitching for 15 hits in Thursday’s series-opening, 13-8 victory.
A bit of bad news could be a leg injury to right fielder Charlie Blackmon. He banged out three hits but departed the game in the fourth after running gingerly to third base. Manager Bud Black said postgame that Blackmon has a “mild groin strain.”
Of course, two straight wins at home against the Reds won’t override Colorado’s awful 15-24 start to the season. And another late-game bullpen hiccup — Eugenio Suarez blasted a two-run homer off Yency Almonte in the eighth — might keep manager Bud Black up at night. But for the Rockies, a win is a win, and closer Daniel Bard did notch his fourth save.
The Rockies are 2-14 on the road but improved to 13-10 at the ballpark on Blake and turned it into a house of horrors for Reds starter Wade Miley.
Fresh off pitching a no-hitter last Friday at Cleveland, Miley was rudely greeted by a leadoff triple by Hampson, and that was just the beginning of Colorado’s avalanche of hits and runs against the lefty. Miley left the game in the fourth after suddenly red-hot Josh Fuentes blasted an RBI double. Miley was charged with eight runs on 11 hits and his ERA climbed from 1.67 to 3.69.
Marquez, whose fastball command has been an issue going back to spring training, gave up four runs on eight hits, striking out eight and walking three. He looked more comfortable on the mound. The Reds breached him for two runs in the third and two more in the seventh when Jonathan India planted Marquez’s 97 mph fastball into the evergreens beyond center field for a two-run homer.
While Colorado’s pitching has been bad on the road, it’s been good at home. In the past seven games at Coors, Rockies starters have posted a 3.05 ERA.
The Rockies’ hit parade produced a four-run third and a three-run fourth. Yonathan Daza hit 2-for-3, with three RBIs and a double, boosting his average to .337. Fuentes went 2-for-3 and drove in two. Hampson’s long solo homer to left in the seventh inning capped off Colorado’s scoring.
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