MIAMI — Desperate to get something going on the road, the Colorado Rockies brought a vacation vibe for their trip to Miami. Loud floral prints, shoes without socks, white pants, it all was part of the look for the flight with hopes of changing their luck away from home.
Pablo López took advantage of an extra day of rest by allowing only two runs in a career-best eight innings, Corey Dickerson hit a two-run triple and the Miami Marlins opened a homestand by beating the Rockies 6-2 on Tuesday night.
“You always wants to be that guy who helps the bullpen out, tries to stay as long as he can,” López said. “Being able to do it tonight makes me really happy.”
López (2-3) struck out eight and allowed five hits, sharp the whole way after getting a planned additional day of rest. Dickerson’s triple highlighted a four-run third for Miami, which tacked on two more in the seventh.
“Pablo continues to keep us in games and give us chances to win,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s made big strides over the last few years.”
Charlie Blackmon had two of Colorado’s five hits. The Rockies fell to 4-23 on the road this season, an ominous start to a six-game swing away from home.
“He’s using the whole field. Charlie’s doing his thing,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.
They tried to shake things up on the flight, lightening the mood, and grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a groundout by Ryan McMahon.
From there, very little went their way. Colorado is now 1-5 in the opening games of road trips this season, getting outscored in those games 35-6. The Rockies haven’t won consecutive road games since Sept. 5 and 6; they are now 0-8 since then in road games that follow a win away from Coors Field.
“I thought Lopez was good, three quality pitches tonight,” Black said. “He’s got a good arm.”
Starling Marte had three hits and a slew of Marlins — Jazz Chisholm, Jon Berti, Adam Duvall and Jesus Aguilar — had two apiece for Miami, which was coming off a 1-8 road trip. Aguilar drove in two runs, while Chisholm and Berti each scored twice.
Antonio Senzatela (2-6) allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings, striking out eight and walking one.
Blackmon scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to get the Rockies within 4-2. López kept them quiet from there, lowering his ERA to 2.76.
The eight innings for López — who had never gotten more than 21 outs in a game before Tuesday — matched the most by a Miami starter this season. Sandy Alcantara had a pair of eight-inning outings.
“It’s a good feeling,” López said.
Rockies: SS Trevor Story (elbow) did some throwing and took batting practice Tuesday, with all signs pointing to a Wednesday return. … The Rockies lost 1B Matt Adams in the fifth with elbow discomfort. He was examined by Marlins doctors after the game and is likely headed to the injured list.
Marlins: LHP Daniel Castano (left shoulder impingement) went on the 10-day injured list and LHP Braxton Garrett was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville. There was a slew of other news; SS Miguel Rojas (left index finger) and OF Brian Anderson (left shoulder) were at the ballpark Tuesday as their return-to-play programs ramp up. Injured pitchers Cody Poteet (knee), Jordan Holloway (groin) and Nick Neidert (biceps) are also progressing, the Marlins said, and Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) “has been cleared by the doctors to start throwing again,” GM Kim Ng said.
The Marlins were 31-29 after 60 games last season, which was the entirety of the 2020 regular season. This season: 26-34, the sixth time in the last seven years that they’ve been below .500 at the 60-game mark. The injuries, though, and the progress some hurt guys are making give Ng hope.
“We’ve been looking,” she said. “We’re always looking to improve the club. In terms of the guys that we’ve brought up, they’ve done a decent job. But we need more help and we’re constantly looking.”
Blackmon’s two hits gave him 1,362 in his Colorado career, passing Larry Walker for second-most in team history. Todd Helton (2,519) is the Rockies’ all-time leader.
Tim Reynolds is a writer for The Associated Press.