DENVER (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton insisted he wasn't caught napping. That it was simply a heads-up play by Charlie Blackmon to turn a routine single to right field into a double.
Just the way the day — and the series, for that matter — went for the Miami Marlins as they fell 7-4 to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
The Marlins left town dropping two of three to the worst team in the National League. Not exactly what they were looking for in the middle of a wild-card chase.
"We left a few on base. You can't do that in this park," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond, whose team stranded eight runners. "Four runs in this ballpark isn't enough."
In the sixth, Stanton nonchalantly fielded a roller through the infield and casually threw it toward the infield. Blackmon immediately rounded first and easily slid into second.
The gutsy play paid off as Blackmon later scored on a double from Drew Stubbs to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead. Blackmon said the idea came to him the night before, watching Stanton play so deep in the outfield.
"He did the same thing today," Blackmon said. "I timed it right and just kept going."
The All-Star outfielder said he wasn't caught off guard. He knew Blackmon was going.
Stanton's manager backed him up.
"Blackmon came out of the box going hard. He took a chance and got to second," Redmond said.
That insurance run would come in handy as the Marlins scored twice in the seventh on an RBI double by Jeff Baker and a run-scoring single for Stanton.
DJ LeMahieu then gave Colorado some breathing room with a two-run double in the seventh.
Miami's Brad Hand (2-6) settled down after giving up two early homers. But he lasted just 4 1-3 innings and was charged with four runs and nine hits.
Christian Bergman (1-2) worked into the seventh to earn his first major league win and Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer. It was the Rockies' fifth victory in seven games, which is their best stretch since mid-June.
The right-handed Bergman was reinstated from the DL earlier in the day after missing 51 games with a broken left hand. He gave up nine hits and four runs in his first start since June 20.
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