Rockies swept by Marlins despite Kyle Freeland’s strong road start – The Denver Post

The Rockies hammered extra-base hits in consecutive late innings Thursday at Miami but once again failed to get a big hit in the clutch. Miami won, 3-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

The Rockies were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position to spoil an otherwise strong outing from starting pitcher Kyle Freeland. Brendan Rodgers had four hits (two doubles, a single and a triple).

Colorado dropped to 10 games below .500 — tying a season-low watermark — as its recent spiral continues. The Rockies (30-40) now embark on a three-game road series at Minnesota.

Miami scored the winning run in the eighth. Rockies reliever Alex Colome gave up singles to Garrett Cooper and Jesus Aguilar. Then Miguel Rojas brought in the winning run with an RBI groundball fielder’s choice.

The Rockies were unable to move runners over in crunch time. A sixth-inning leadoff double from Elehuris Montero and a seventh-inning Rodgers triple were not followed up with timely hits. The lineup combined for 10 strikeouts with 13 runners left on base.

Freeland struggled early, allowing two earned runs between the second (Aguilar leadoff triple and Rojas RBI single) and third (Jon Berti double, Jazz Chisholm HBP and Jorge Soler RBI sacrifice fly) to tie the game at 2-2.

But Freeland finished strong in a no-decision. He retired 12 of 16 Marlins he faced over the next four innings while giving up just three hits and no runs during that span. He was pulled after the seventh.

The Rockies took their first lead in the third fueled by a C.J. Cron two-out walk facing Marlins starter Braxton Garrett. Then Rodgers doubled and a Miami error on the relay throw allowed Cron to score and advance Rodgers to third. A Ryan McMahon RBI single gave Colorado a 2-1 advantage.

Children filled much of the stands in Miami for Camp Day, with area summer camps invited to the pre-noon first pitch. The morning start following a night game gave manager Bud Black the roster flexibility to play two prospects: Montero and Sean Bouchard.

Montero ripped his first career MLB extra-base hit (a sixth-inning double). Bouchard went 0 for 4. Colorado regulars Randal Grichuk and Charlie Blackmon each took a day of rest.

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