DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon doubled in a four-run fifth inning, Jurickson Profar extended his on-base streak to 31 games and the Colorado Rockies spoiled 20-year-old Eury Pérez’s road debut with a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Elías Díaz had three hits for Colorado. The Rockies have won the first two of the four-game set between the 1993 expansion franchises.
The 6-foot-8 Pérez made his major league debut against Cincinnati on May 12 and beat Washington on Thursday for his first victory. The right-hander pitched well for three innings Tuesday at hitter-friendly Coors Field, allowing one unearned run, but faltered in the fifth.
He walked the leadoff batter, gave up an RBI double to Blackmon and walked Profar before leaving. Randal Grichuk had a two-run single off reliever Huascar Brazobán and Díaz scored on Ryan McMahon’s forceout.
“I was just trying to get a ball to the outfield,” Grichuk said. “I didn’t try to do too much.”
Pérez (1-1) allowed four runs — three earned — on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
“Sometimes you can out-stuff the lower levels out here you can’t out-stuff and that’s why you got to get ahead,” Marlins manager Skip Schumaker said about Pérez, who throws his fastball 98 to 100 mph. “His fastball still plays up here. The offspeed plays better when you throw fastball strikes on strike one.
Blackmon has 298 doubles to pass Larry Walker for second on the franchise list. Todd Helton is first with 592.
“He’s amazing. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve played with,” Díaz said about Blackmon. “He works out, he’s healthy, his preparation is at another level. You watch him and it’s like motivation for yourself. He’s doing something all the time.”
Jorge Soler and Garrett Cooper homered and Yuli Gurriel had three hits for Miami.
Soler put the Marlins ahead in the first inning with his 13th home run, and the Rockies tied it in the third when Grichuk scored on a two-out single by Harold Castro.
Cooper’s two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning, his fourth of the season, chased starter Austin Gomber (4-4). Soler’s RBI double in the ninth made it a one-run game, but Pierce Johnson closed it out for his 10th save.
“He got out of some pretty big innings,” Schumaker said about Gomber. “Credit to him getting some double play balls. We just couldn’t get that one big hit.”
Marlins: Transferred RHP Johnny Cueto (right biceps tightness) to the 60-day day injured list and selected the contract of outfielder Jonathan Davis. Miami also optioned OF Peyton Burdick to Triple-A Jacksonville.
Rockies: RHP Dinelson Lamet (back stiffness) is scheduled to make another rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
The Rockies celebrated the Denver Nuggets reaching the NBA Finals on front of their game notes. Each note was given a Nuggets-themed headline, from Denver’s playoff rallying motto “Bring It In” to “Sombor Shuffle,” which describes Nikola Jokic’s signature jump shot. Monday, Denver native and Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland donned a Jamal Murray jersey during batting practice.
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara (1-5, 5.05 ERA) will be on the mound for the Marlins on Wednesday against Colorado rookie RHP Karl Kauffmann (0-1, 8.31).