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Friday, August 17th
(All times eastern)
Miami Marlins (53-66) at Colorado Rockies (45-71), 8:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Wade LeBlanc (1-2, 1.45)
Colorado - Jeff Francis (4-4, 5.99)
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies have become accustomed to winning at
home and shoot for a fifth straight win at Coors Field tonight in the
continuation of a four-game series versus the Miami Marlins.
The Rockies are riding a four-game winning streak -- all at home -- and
recorded a 5-3 triumph over the Marlins on Thursday thanks to a two-run
seventh inning highlighted by an RBI triple from Josh Rutledge. Michael
Cuddyer hit a two-run homer for Colorado, which has won seven of 10 overall
and looks to match a five-game run at home from May 28-June.
Adam Ottavino allowed one run in three innings of relief to earn the win. Alex
White surrendered two runs on three hits and three walks in a four- inning
start for Colorado.
"Alex White could have gotten much deeper than he did," Rockies manager Jim
Tracy said. "He had a tremendous sinker tonight. There were counts where I
thought he would go right back to it and didn't. He threw a little bit more
Jeff Francis draws the start for Tracy's club Friday and is coming off
Monday's 9-6 win over Milwaukee in which he gave up three runs in 5 1/3
inning. The left-hander is 4-4 with a 5.99 earned run average in 14 starts
Francis is 2-3 in seven home starts this season and is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in
three career starts against the Marlins.
Miami opened an 11-game road trip last night and lost for the sixth time in
eight tries. Ricky Nolasco did no favors for the Marlins and allowed all five
runs and nine hits in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked one.
"You make good pitches all night and you make two mistakes, a couple mistakes,
and that's the game," Nolasco said.
Carlos Lee and Giancarlo Stanton both had two hits and an RBI for the Marlins,
who will also visit Arizona and Los Angeles on the road swing. The Marlins
just went 2-4 on a six-game homestand, going 1-2 against the Dodgers and
Toeing the rubber for Miami tonight will be Wade LeBlanc. The left-hander is
1-2 with a 1.45 earned run average in 14 games (3 starts) this season and
pitched well in defeat on Sunday against the Dodgers. He allowed only one run
in seven innings of a 5-0 loss.
"I'm keeping the team in the game," LeBlanc said afterward. "I'm giving the
team a chance to win. I'm not going as deep as I feel like I should, with the
pitch counts they're giving me. That falls on me and being efficient and
pounding the strike zone and being aggressive."
LeBlanc has made six career starts against Colorado, going 1-3 with a 4.93
Miami won two of three meetings with Colorado from May 21-23 in south Florida.
The Marlins are just 30-50 in games played in Denver.
08/17 10:52:26 ET