Rockies can’t climb out of early hole vs. Marlins

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By Owen Perkins / Special to

DENVER — On an evening when the Rockies competed for fans with a nearby preseason Broncos game, the home team was down by a touchdown before getting its cleanup hitter to the plate for the first time. The Rockies fell to the Marlins, 6-5, putting them down a game in the four-game set with hopes of salvaging a series split in Sunday’s finale.

The game opened poorly for Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, who gave up three singles to the first three hitters. After retiring Carlos Lee, he challenged slugger Giancarlo Stanton with a fastball, but couldn’t spin around quick enough to see it disappear 448 feet into the left-field concourse. The Herculean homer was Stanton’s sixth in six consecutive games at Coors Field, setting a record for a visiting player at the Rockies’ home, along with a Major League record as the first player to ever hit a home run in each of his first six games in a single ballpark.

The Rockies went gently in a 1-2-3 first, then watched as the Marlins added on in the second on a rally sparked by starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and capped by a two-out, two-run triple to left-center from Jose Reyes. MORE>>>

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