Rockies swept by Marlins despite Kyle Freeland’s strong road start

The Rockies hammered extra-base hits in consecutive late innings at the Marlins with opportunities to break open a tied game.

Colorado never capitalized in a 3-2 loss to complete a three-game sweep for Miami.

The Rockies went 1 of 11 with runners in scoring position on Thursday to spoil an otherwise strong outing from starting pitcher Kyle Freeland. Brendan Rodgers also collected four hits (single, two doubles, triple). But Colorado has 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 the Minnesota Twins.

On Thursday, a 2-2 stalemate finally shifted to Miami in the eighth. Rockies reliever Alex Colome gave up singles to Garrett Cooper and Jesus Aguilar. Then Miguel Rojas brought in the Marlins’ winning run with an RBI groundball fielder’s choice.

The Rockies were unable to produce 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 on the afternoon 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.

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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 zero runs during that span. Freeland got pulled after the seventh and the bullpen was unable to carry his momentum.

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, a Miami error on the relay throw scored Cron and advanced 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 promising young players: Montero and Sean Bouchard.

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

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