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Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-14

Colorado Rockies Inside Pitch 2009-05-14
Jason Marquis began the season slotted third in the Rockies rotation. In truth, he profiles more as a fifth starter, a pitcher likely to finish the season around .500, maybe a game or two better, and capable of working about 190 innings.

The right-hander did throw the Rockies' only complete game of the season -- a five-hitter at San Francisco on May 2 -- but he was hit hard Wednesday when he lost his second consecutive start. He failed to escape the fourth inning while allowing 10 hits and nine runs to Astros, who built up a 13-3 lead and beat the Rockies 15-11.

Marquis gave up three runs in the first, the first time he has allowed any runs in the first inning in any of his seven starts. He allowed a season-high nine runs -- three of them inherited runners who scored after he left -- in 3 2/3 innings. The nine runs were the most allowed by a Rockies pitcher since Livan Hernandez yielded nine runs in 2 2/3 innings on Aug. 10, 2008, against San Diego.

Marquis has allowed seven or more runs in each of his past two starts, as he surrendered seven runs, five earned, on May 7 against the Giants in an 8-3 loss. While going 0-2 in his past two games, Marquis has a 13.03 ERA (14 earned runs and 18 hits in 9 2/3 innings).

Marquis has pitched at least seven innings in four of his seven starts. His previous shortest outing was five innings April 20 at Arizona. Rockies starters had worked six or more innings in nine of the 11 previous games. The exceptions were five innings by Jorge De La Rosa at San Diego on May 4 and 4 1/3 innings by Jason Hammel against Florida on May 8.

ASTROS 15, ROCKIES 11: Seeking to match their modest season high of three consecutive wins, the Rockies gave up runs in six of nine innings and allowed 15 overall, the most by an NL team this season, and 24 hits, also the most in the NL in 2009. Glendon Rusch relieved Jason Marquis with the bases loaded in the fourth, and on his first pitch gave up a three-run double to Geoff Blum that put the Astros ahead 9-3. Ian Stewart hit a two-run homer in the second, when the Rockies scored three runs, and Chris Iannetta hit a grand slam in a five-run ninth.

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Added: May 14, 2009

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