In bounce back game, Rockies double lead

With both the Cardinals and Brewers losing on Sunday and the Rockies winning, Colorado was able to add a game to their lead, doubling it from one to two. The win also broke them out of their slump as they got eight runs on twelve hits, doubling the Padres run output.

German Marquez got out of the first inning looking as though he was going to have another rough outing and while he did not earn a quality start, he did bounce back after his rough first. The Rockies got Marquez a first inning run, but he promptly gave up two on two solo home runs to Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte. Marquez would go only five innings, but he didn’t allow any runs after the first. He finished with as many walks as strikeouts at three, but getting past a rough first was a good sign for the rookie.

The Rockies did a good job of supporting Marquez as well, despite their offensive struggles on the road trip and getting down early. Mark Reynolds drove in the first inning run to give the Rockies a much needed hit with RISP and they would get a lucky second inning run after a single, stolen base, and error that scored Ian Desmond to tie the game at two at the time.

The Rockies would drive in a couple more in the third with some more timely hits. It started with Charlie and DJ reaching base to start the inning, but neither Arenado or Reynolds could score them or have a productive out even. With two outs, Gerardo Parra lobbed a ball to right to score the third run for the Rockies. Ian Desmond then hit a dribbler up the third base line that Villanueva could not handle and that scored the fourth run for Colorado.

The Rockies held their lead and extended it in the sixth when Valaika scored a run on a bloop double, but the game would get a lot closer quickly. Scott Oberg came on in the bottom of the sixth and promptly allowed a two-run home run with no outs to bring the game to a score of 5-4. Fortunately for the Rockies, no runner would reach base after the home run as Oberg finished his inning and Neshek, McGee, and Holland closed out the final three.

The Rockies got insurance runs in the ninth with some home runs from Valaika, his 13th of the year, and Blackmon, his 36th of the year. Mark Reynolds also doubled in a run to cap his two hit, two RBI day.

The win gives the Rockies, hopefully, a better taste in their mouth after what was a disappointing road trip. They now head home for the final two series of the year, taking on Miami first and then finishing with a series against the Dodgers.

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