Series: Game 2 of 3

Colorado leads 2-0 (as of 4/29)

Game 1: Friday, April 28
in 10
Game 2: Saturday, April 29
Game 3: Sunday, April 30

Rockies 8

(14-10, 9-3 away)

Marlins 7

(6-15, 2-6 home)

    6:05 PM ET, April 29, 2006

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    COL 004102100 8 13 1
    FLA 001400200 7 10 4

    W: M. Asencio (1-0)

    L: R. Messenger (0-1)

    S: B. Fuentes (5)


    MIAMI (Ticker) -- The Florida Marlins gave the Colorado Rockies every opportunity they needed to continue their success away from Coors Field.

    Garrett Atkins and Matt Holliday had three hits apiece and the Rockies took advantage of some shoddy defense from the Marlins to post an 8-7 victory.

    Atkins hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for Colorado, which survived another shaky performance from closer Brian Fuentes in the ninth inning to improve to 9-3 on the road.

    With the score tied at 5-5, Cory Sullivan led off the sixth with a double off Marlins reliever Randy Messenger (0-1). Clint Barmes attempted a sacrifice, but Messenger threw wildly to third base, allowing Sullivan to score.

    Barmes scored three batters later and Sullivan added an RBI double in the seventh for an 8-5 lead before the Marlins staged a late rally.

    Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer off Miguel Asencio (1-0) in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-7 and Florida loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Fuentes, who blew a one-run lead Friday before Colorado won it in extra innings.

    However, Fuentes got Chris Aguila to pop out to second base and struck out Reggie Abercrombie for his fifth save in six chances.

    The Marlins committed four errors overall, leading to three unearned runs.

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