De La Rosa sets Rockies' win record by beating Miami 4-1
MIAMI (AP) Jorge De La Rosa snapped a losing streak and set a franchise record for wins.
The 34-year-old left-hander became the Colorado Rockies' career leader in victories Sunday, pitching seven innings to prevent a four-game sweep and beat the Miami Marlins 4-1.
De La Rosa improved to 73-47 with the Rockies, surpassing Aaron Cook, who went 72-68.
''I'm excited to win all those games for this team,'' De La Rosa said. ''I hope I can do more.''
Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado homered to give the Rockies a 3-0 lead in the first inning. That was one more run than they totaled while losing first three games of the series.
De La Rosa (4-2) pitched around four walks and two errors, allowing one run to lower his ERA to 4.91. The Rockies, who broke a four-game losing streak, have won De La Rosa's past five starts after he was slowed by injuries early in the season.
Three relievers combined to complete a five-hitter, and John Axford struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save in as many chances. After throwing the final pitch, Axford fetched the ball and gave it to De La Rosa as a souvenir.
De La Rosa's career victory total doesn't exactly rival Walter Johnson's 417 wins with the Washington Senators, but the Rockies ace has endured a lot in his career, pitching for 16 minor league teams and returning from Tommy John surgery in 2011.
''When he's right and gets on a roll, this is how he throws,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''He looked like vintage Jorge.''
Dan Haren (6-3) bounced back after the rough first inning, but by then the damage was done. He allowed three runs in six innings.
''As it turned out, Haren settled in pretty well, and those runs really made the difference in the game,'' Blackmon said. ''We got him early before he got a good feel.''
Blackmon homered to start a game for the fourth time in his career, giving the Rockies their first lead since Tuesday. Four batters later, Arenado hit his 16th homer following a walk.
It was the first time since Aug. 15 that the Marlins gave up more than one homer in a game at spacious Marlins Park.
''I know the Rockies have been struggling to score runs,'' Haren said, ''but their lineup is very good, and it has hit me well in the past.''
The Marlins scored in the seventh on pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki's two-out RBI single, but they went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the majors in home runs and RBIs, went 1 for 3 with a broken-bat single and a walk.
Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki went 0 for 2 with two walks, snapping his 12-game hitting streak, which was the longest active streak in the majors.
Deposed Marlins closer Steve Cishek made his first appearance since a brief demotion to the minors, coming in with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. One run scored on a forceout, but Cishek retired Carlos Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Rockies 3B Arenado, who has won a Gold Glove in each of his first two big league seasons, committed two errors to increase his season total to seven. He had 15 last year.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (elbow) is scheduled to make his next rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A New Orleans at Round Rock. Fernandez has made two rehab starts for Class-A Jupiter. RHP Jarred Cosart will also make a rehab start Tuesday for New Orleans before rejoining the Marlins.
Marlins: 3B Martin Prado left the game in the first inning with a sprained right shoulder after taking a tumble past first base trying to beat out a grounder.
Rockies: OF Corey Dickerson wasn't in the lineup after aggravating his sore left foot Saturday. He went on the disabled list in May with plantar fasciitis.
''You never know how bad it can get or when it's going to act up,'' Dickerson said. He was available off the bench but did not play.
Yankees: Slugger Alex Rodriguez, who grew up in Miami, pays a visit to Marlins Park beginning Monday to start a four-game, home-and-home series.
Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (2-1, 3.05) is scheduled to start Monday when they begin a four-game, home-and-home series at Houston.