The Miami Marlins seem to have missed home.
After a brutal road trip against the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates that saw them go 1-8, the Marlins beat up on an easy opponent in the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies, who came into Tuesday’s game just 4-22 on the road, lucked into a run thanks to a couple of hits in the first inning. They took a 1-0 lead on a Ryan McMahon groundout that scored Garrett Hampson.
With a runner on first in the top of the third inning, Hampson looked like he was about to instill more damage with a hit to left-center field. Left fielder Corey Dickerson ran back to the wall, made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch, and threw back to first to double up Raimel Tapia, who had already rounded second base.
After that, Marlins starting pitcher Pablo López cruised through the rest of his outing. He allowed three more hits after that, and just one run. López retired the final 15 of 16 batters he faced, and completed a career-high eight innings. This comes just days after his shortest outing of the season on June 2 against the Toronto Blue Jays that saw him finish four innings and give up two runs.
The Marlins offense finally woke up after a brutal week, with seven of eight starting position players recording at least one hit. Jazz Chisholm Jr., Starling Marte, Jesús Aguilar, Adam Duvall, and Corey Dickerson all had multi-hit games. Even Isan Díaz—the lone exception of the eight—reached base safely via walk.
“When things are going bad, this game has a cruel way of keeping you down,” said Dickerson, who had a two-RBI triple in the third inning. “When you think you’re getting up, they kick you right back down. You have to be resilient and optimistic. You have to have good teammates around you, because this game is cruel. you can’t be weak minded. You have to come here every single day and give the team what you got.”
The Marlins and Rockies continue their series Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. Austin Gomber will take the mound for the Rockies. The Marlins have not announced their starter yet, though newly recalled Braxton Garrett is a prime candidate to handle the bulk of the innings.