Cooper's go-ahead double in 8th lifts Marlins past Rox 9-8
Tue, Jun 21, 2022
MLB News (AP)
MIAMI (AP) - Garrett Cooper lined a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 on Tuesday night for just their third win in nine games.
Colorado led 4-0 before Miami scored five times in the fourth and three in the fifth to take an 8-5 lead. The Rockies tied the score 8-8 in the sixth after Cooper allowed Brendan Rodgers' two-out grounder to get by him and into right field for an error that led that led to three unearned runs.
Nick Fortes led off the eighth with a double against Alex Colome (2-1), advanced on Jon Berti's flyout to the right-field warning track and, with the infield in, scored on Cooper's double.
Steven Okert (4-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Tanner Scott worked around a leadoff walk to Randal Grichuk in the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.
Avisail Garcia and Jesus Sanchez homered for the Marlins, who began a six-game homestand after a three-city, 11-day trip.
Colorado dropped to 11-19 on the road; the Rockies are 19-19 at mile-high Coors Field.
Colorado built a 4-0 lead on Jose Iglesias' bases-loaded infield single in the second, Rodgers' two-run double in the third and Ryan McMahon's solo homer in the fourth.
Miami starter Daniel Castano allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings.
The Marlins went ahead 5-4 in the fourth on Avisail Garcia's three-run homer, Jesus Sanchez solo shot - his second homer off Ryan Feltner this season - and Jon Berti's RBI single.
Feltner gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
McMahon's RBI double tied the score in the fifth. Sanchez and Miguel Rojas hit run-scoring singles in the bottom half, and Sanchez raced home for an 8-5 lead after Rojas got caught in a rundown between first and second.
After Cooper's run-scoring error, Grichuk and McMahon had two-out RBI singles.
Before Garcia's shot, the Marlins capitalized on a catcher's interference call that negated a double-play grounder by Jesus Aguilar. Home plate umpire CB Bucknor ruled Brian Serven's mitt impeded with Aguilar's swing, allowing Aguilar to reach on the error.
The Marlins activated Sanchez and Aguilar from the injured list and optioned OF Jerar Encarnacion and 1B Lewin Diaz to Triple-A Jacksonville.
CLOSE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THE AVALANCHE
The Rockies spent an off-day in Miami Monday, prompting pitcher Kyle Freeland and his wife to board a jet for the approximate 60-minute flight to Tampa. The free time allowed Freeland to attend the third game of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Colorado and Tampa Bay.
The Marlins acquired 1B-C Ryan Lavarnway from Detroit for cash and signed free agent OF Billy Hamilton to a minor league deal. Lavarnway and Hamilton will report to Jacksonville.
Rockies: 3B-OF Kris Bryant (lower back strain) is scheduled to join Triple-A Albuquerque for rehab games in Las Vegas. The 2016 NL MVP has been sidelined since May 22.
Marlins: 3B-OF Brian Anderson (mild disk bulge) and INF-OF Joey Wendle (right hamstring strain) worked out Tuesday and are expected to progress toward rehab games. ... RHP Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendinitis) is scheduled to pitch in a rehab outing at Jacksonville on Wednesday.
RHP Chad Kuhl (4-4, 3.69) will pitch the middle game of the series for the Rockies on Wednesday while the Marlins will start RHP Pablo Lopez (4-3, 2.85).
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