Miami came out early with three runs including starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano pitching in his 70th career RBI, but it wasn't enough to tame Colorado's seven-run rally in the middle innings. The Rockies snap their six-game losing streak with the 8-4 win on the road.
Hero of the Game: Jose Reyes (+.14): 2-for-5 with 2 RBI
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (-0.05): 0-for-4, 3 SO
Play of the Game: Troy Tulowitzki's moonshot in the fifth. (.346)
(For the Marlins, it was in the fourth when Reyes singled to bring in Brett Hayes to make the score 4-3 at that point.)
Colorado was as ice cold as the tops of the very mountains they surround coming into Wednesday's game. It seemed like going into the first three innings of the game that the Marlins were going to make it seven in a row on the wrong side of the Rockies.
It all started in the fourth where Zambrano didn't want to begin an inning - two straight walks. It all snowballed from there. (Yes, pun intended.) Three runs crossed the plate highlighted by an RBI double from Troy Tulowitzki followed by sacrifice flies from Jason Giambi and Michael Cuddyer.
Even though Tulo put the spark into the Rockies in the fourth, it was his hit in the fifth that put the Marlins in the deepest trouble. A no-doubt home run in the right-center seats over the Clevelander put the Rockies in control and they never lost it.
Carlos Gonzalez added a triple in the seventh that brought in Marco Scutaro, putting the game away to make the score 8-4.
Jose Reyes picked up most of the slack for the Fish, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. His two run-producing hits came in the second and the fourth.
Greg Dobbs started things off by sending a single to right bringing in Hanley Ramirez after his double.
Then there was Zambrano's plate appearance.
At first, there must have been a sense of miscommunication judging by the reaction of manager Ozzie Guillen throwing a water cup against the dugout wall because of a mis-executed bunt in the first pitch of the at-bat. After that happened, Ozzie wanted his big pitcher to swing the lumber. Good thing he did.
Big Z (2-3) wasn't as successful on the mound .
He allowed seven earned runs in five innings, walking three and striking out three. Chad Gaudin allowed the other earned run for the Marlins in his three innings of relief.
Miami continues their home stand as San Francisco comes into town for a four-game set starting Thursday.