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With the Cardinals losing and the Brewers not playing on Monday, the Rockies had the great opportunity of gaining ground on both teams trailing them. However, one misplayed ball cost the Rockies the game as a bases clearing double gave the Marlins enough runs to keep the Rockies out of it.
In the fourth inning with a run already in, Miguel Rojas lifted a ball to left field that twisted Ian Desmond around enough to make him come up short of the ball. It bounced off the top of his glove and this allowed all three runners to score. Had Parra been in left instead of Desmond, the play may have gone differently as well as the game going differently, but that was not the case and it essentially cost the Rockies the game.
For the first time in a long time they actually showed some fight to get back into the game. Charlie Blackmon doubled in a run in the fifth to bring the game to a score of 4-1, but that run was erased by Rojas as he doubled in a run. But the Rockies did rally back to come within a run.
They got an RBI groundout, a solo shot from Jonathan Lucroy, and a sac fly from Arenado to bring the game to 5-4. There were missed opportunities in the game that the Rockies blew and ultimately those killed the comeback.
A leadoff triple by Jonathan Lucroy in the third gave the Rockies the chance to take an early lead, but they could not score him. Trevor Story nearly hit a ball out before Lucroy’s long ball, but he hit it to the deepest part of the park and it was caught by Ozuna. In that same inning, with one out and the bases loaded and Arenado up, they got only the one run from the sac fly, better than nothing but certainly not what the Rockies needed.
In the ninth the Rockies got their leadoff man on, but failed to advance him to even second base as Cargo struck out and Blackmon lined into a double play to end the game. The Rockies had chances to win, or at the very least, tie this game, but they never got the key hit that has eluded them so often this year.