MIAMI -- One night after being one-hit, the Colorado Rockies broke out with a whopping six hits, and that was enough for a bounce-back victory.
Jason Hammel pitched a season-high 6 2/3 innings and bunted home a run to give the sputtering offense a boost and help Colorado beat the Florida Marlins 3-1 on Saturday night."We got enough hits to win," shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. "That's all that really matters. We didn't play our best game at all, but we manufactured some runs. It's one of those games that is an ugly win."The NL West-leading Rockies snapped Florida's four-game winning streak and improved to 8-2 on the road thanks largely to Hammel (2-1). He allowed seven hits and one run to lower his ERA to 3.80."We got a great start from Jason," manager Jim Tracy said. "And obviously we took advantage of that, because the little offense that we were able to get, he made it stand up. Something like that is what we're looking for from him on a consistent basis."Three relievers combined for 2 1/3 perfect innings, and the bullpen has allowed just two runs in the past 22 1/3 innings. Huston Street pitched the ninth to earn his seventh save in as many chances.The Rockies, who were one-hit by Anibal Sanchez in a defeat Friday, this time waited only four batters for a hit -- Tulowitzki's RBI single. Ty Wigginton put Colorado ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.The Marlins gave their biggest crowd since opening day little to cheer about. Announced attendance was 37,381, but the actual turnout was about 25,000."We just ran into some very good pitching," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "Hammel was mixing up his pitches and hitting his spots. He did a very good job."Florida shortstop Hanley Ramirez made his fifth error of the season on a bad throw and went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .194."Right now he's not doing his usual Hanley thing," Hammel said. "We've kind of got an advantage there."Ramirez, the 2009 NL batting champion, is in a 2-for-23 slump and drew scattered boos when he grounded out in the eighth."He's pressing," Rodriguez said. "He's swinging at pitches out of the strike zone. He's forcing the situation instead of letting the ball come to him. He needs to make the pitchers throw strikes."Javier Vazquez (1-2), making his first start in eight days, went six innings. He allowed four hits, five walks and three runs.Colorado broke a 1-all tie with two runs in the sixth. Todd Helton doubled and took third when left fielder Emilio Bonifacio took a zigzag route and let Seth Smith's deep fly fall for a double. Wigginton's flyout put Colorado ahead.Hammel then laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Smith from third."It was a slider," Hammel said with a chuckle. "That was the first time I put a breaking ball in play on a bunt in I don't know how long. Kudos to me there."Tulowitzki was only 3-for-23 with runners in scoring position before his singled home a run in the first after Vazquez issued two walks."There's more of us coming offensively," Tracy said. "In the meantime, we've got to figure out a way to get things done."
Less than 24 hours after throwing 123 pitches in a one-hitter, Sanchez said he felt fine. He was hit in the right leg by a hard grounder in the seventh inning. ... The Puerto Rican salsa band El Gran Combo performed a postgame concert. Their fans include Rodriguez, who said the band played at his high school during his senior year in 1978. ... Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (stiff back) was held out of the starting lineup but was available off the bench. ... Right-handed hitters are 3-for-35 (.086) this season against Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson, who starts the final game of the series Sunday.
37,381 (99.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
81 degrees, partly cloudy
Home Plate - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor
From Elias: Josh Johnson now has 3 no-hit bids of at least 5 2/3 IP in his first 5 starts. He is the first pitcher in the last 50 years with 3 starts of at least 5 2/3 no-hit innings in April. He is also the first pitcher in the last 50 years with 3 starts of at least 5 2/3 no-hit innings in his first 5 starts.