Third straight rookie start earns series win

German Marquez pitched well on Sunday, but he had perhaps the worst start of the three rookies in the Cardinals series. This is not to say that he pitched bad, just that the other two pitched very well with both earning quality starts. Marquez did not get through the sixth inning, but he still pitched well enough to earn the win for himself and the Rockies.

The Rockies offense did plenty, with most of it coming again in the eighth inning. Four runs came in the eighth, half of the Rockies runs, in another late showing of offensive strength. It came once again against Matt Bowman and started with a DJ LeMahieu single. Due to a couple of bad decisions on fielder’s choices by Aledmys Diaz, the Rockies were able to get men on and not get anyone out. Those plays were largely the reason the inning got so out of hand, but the Rockies would not complain.

Mark Reynolds earned an RBI single in the eight, one of two hits on the day, and Tony Wolters singled in a couple of runs as well. Cargo drove in the other eighth inning run with a sac fly and just like that the game went from a one-run affair to a four run late blowout.

The other big hit for Colorado came in the fourth inning when Gerardo Parra hit his sixth home run of the year, a three-run shot to deep right-center field. Parra had three hits on the afternoon and was a worthy replacement for Cargo who had the day off from starting.

With Marquez exiting in the sixth, the bullpen had a little work to do to keep the game close and they did mostly a good job, with the only faults, and hits, coming as solo home runs for the Cardinals. The first was a Tommy Pham shot in the seventh that come off of Chris Rusin and the other was the first major league home run in the first at-bat of Paul DeJong off of Greg Holland.

Normally allowing home runs is something you don’t want to happen, but in the case of Holland, a late homer by a team already up five runs does not really harm them. The series gives the Rockies another series win and kept them ahead of the Dodgers, who won, and the Dbacks, who lost.

Colorado now faces the Mariners for a quick two game home, two game away series. The Mariners have been pretty terrible by all standards so Colorado should certainly take both home games and with how they have been away from home, they should take the road games as well.

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