MIAMI (AP) — Miscommunication between Colorado Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa and catcher Wilin Rosario had Miami Marlins fans booing in the fifth inning of Monday's season opener.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss was unhappy, too.
Weiss addressed the issue in a 15-minute meeting with his pitcher and catcher after the Rockies gave up 14 hits and lost 10-1.
De La Rosa lasted only 4 1-3 innings and allowed five runs in his first opening-day start. He drew jeers during the Marlins' five-run fifth when he stepped off the rubber several times, and he said he had trouble with Rosario's change in signals made with a runner at second base.
"He called a lot of my games last year," De La Rosa said. "Today we probably were not on the same page. I still like him. That's all I can say."
Weiss said the postgame meeting helped.
"There were some miscommunications," he said. "We've got to get it straightened out."
Jose Fernandez struck out nine and allowed one run in six innings, and Marlins newcomer Casey McGehee drove in four runs with two doubles. The sellout crowd of 37,116 was the largest for the attendance-challenged Marlins since their new ballpark opened two years ago.
The 21-year-old Fernandez earned the victory while becoming the youngest NL opening-day starter since Dwight Gooden in 1986, according to STATS. And he picked up where he left off last season, when he went 12-6 and was voted NL Rookie of the Year.
"I didn't know how I was going to react to opening day," he said. "But it came out great."
Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies in the sixth.
"He's going to have a monster year," Weiss said.
But by the time Gonzalez connected, the Rockies trailed 6-0. Even he tipped his cap to Fernandez.
"When a guy like that is pitching, you expect that kind of game," Gonzalez said. "He's one of the best."
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