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Miami Marlins' four-run ninth sinks Colorado Rockies

By Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
Miami Marlins' four-run ninth sinks Colorado Rockies
Miami Marlins pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki stretches before his turn at the plate in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on August 5, 2016. Ichiro struck out attempting his 2999th career hit. Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI | License Photo

DENVER -- What had the makings of a bitter, disheartening loss Friday night for the Miami Marlins turned into an immensely satisfying comeback victory.

The Marlins scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3. The big hit was Martin Prado's go-ahead, two-run single.

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Brian Ellington (2-1), who rescued Fernando Rodney in the eighth, was the winning pitcher. A.J. Ramos, who blew a save in his last outing on Wednesday in Chicago, posted his 32nd save of the season.

The Rockies made sure Ichiro Suzuki got no closer to his 3,000th hit. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh, leaving him hitless in his past 11 at-bats and stuck on 2,998 hits.

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Colorado trailed for seven innings after Miami scored a run in the first, thanks to the speed of Dee Gordon.

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But in the eighth, the Rockies, aided by Gordon's crucial throwing error at second base, staged a three-run rally and went ahead 3-1.

Rockies closer Carlos Estevez walked J.T. Realmuto on four pitches to open the ninth and Chris Johnson grounded a single through the hole at shortstop. Adeiny Hechavarria won a seven-pitch encounter and singled home a run. David Dahl's throw from left field was wide of the plate and eluded Estevez, who was backing up, allowing the runners to move into scoring position.

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After pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich struck out, Gordon was intentionally walked to load the bases for Prado, who drove a two-run single to center on the second pitch from Estevez (2-6), who blew his fourth save in 15 opportunities. Jordan Lyles relieved him and gave up a sacrifice fly to Christian Yelich.

The Rockies' uprising in the eighth began when DJ LeMahieu, who had a career-high tying four hits, led off with a single just to the left of diving Prado at third. Carlos Gonzalez followed with a single on Rodney's 0-2 pitch, extending his hitting streak to 16 games.

Nolan Arenado hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop, but Gordon's relay throw at second was high and wide of first, allowing LeMahieu to score and Arenado to take second.

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Arenado scored when Dahl singled to center, extending his hitting streak at the start of his career to 11 games, the second longest in Rockies history. Mark Reynolds doubled off the wall, just below the out-of-town scoreboard and just beyond the reach of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton to score Dahl.

Gordon's speed enabled the Marlins to score a run in the first. He led off with a single, a swinging bunt that Arenado barehanded, but Gordon easily beat his throw. With two outs, Gordon stole second and scored when Stanton grounded a double inside third base.

That was the only run starter Jorge De La Rosa allowed through five innings.

NOTES: Rockies RF Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup. He didn't play Thursday after spraining his left ankle while coming out of the batters' box Wednesday in the seventh inning, forcing him to leave the game. ... Rockies SS Daniel Descalso was in the lineup after suffering a left shoulder contusion while playing left field Thursday. He stumbled into the wall while making a catch in the third and left after the inning. ... Marlins 1B Justin Bour (right ankle sprain), who played his fifth game Wednesday on a rehab assignment with Triple-A New Orleans, has been dealing with general body soreness and was sent to the Marlins' rehab facility in Jupiter, Fla. The Marlins hope he'll be able to join them during the series with San Francisco that starts Monday.

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