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Concern festers after latest loss MARLINS 3, ROCKIES 1

Concern festers after latest loss MARLINS 3, ROCKIES 1
It's getting late early for the Rockies .

On Mother's Day, they are quickly becoming a team only Mom could love. They lost again Saturday night, wasting another terrific outing by Jorge De La Rosa as they were suffocated by Florida's Josh Johnson.

The final score at Coors Field: Marlins 3, Rockies 1. Reasons for concern? Numerous.

The Rockies (11-18) have fallen a season-high seven games under .500 and are 9 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is not what the Rockies anticipated, particularly from the offense, when they tirelessly worked through Camp Camouflage in spring training.

"It's frustrating any time you don't play to your potential," first baseman Todd Helton said. "And we haven't done that."

The Rockies are batting .256 as a team and just .245 against right-handers. They haven't gotten the clutch hit - see 0-8 record in one-run games - or strung together hits. It is why general manager Dan O'Dowd was asked if manager Clint Hurdle was going to take the hit for his team if this homestand doesn't turn around.

"I don't think that (speculation about his job) is fair at this time," O'Dowd said. "Nobody is panicking. What good does that do? There are no excuses. We need to play better. I really do believe we have the talent."

Thus far, it has not played out. Hurdle has tried tinkering, benchings and patience regarding the lineup - all with equal disappointment. Unlike Friday's loss, where opportunities were plentiful, chances were few against the dominant Johnson. They had three at-bats with runners in scoring position against Johnson, with Troy Tulowitzki plating the lone run on a groundout to shortstop.

"That dude's good," Helton said.

Johnson (3-0) is virtually unhittable at night. And he's been unbeatable this season. He was a blend of will and skill, while allowing just seven hits. He's reminiscent in build, upon first glance, of another Oklahoma kid, former Dodger Brad Penny. Penny used to own the Rockies , and Johnson followed suit.

What makes him different is that he's a power pitcher with precise fastball command. He reached 96 miles per hour on the heater, spotting it on both sides of the plate. It cruelly set up a slider from the same arm slot.

His excellence was necessary as De La Rosa posted arguably his best start as a Rockie but once again went starving for run support. The left-hander preyed on the Marlins' impatience, stringing together a career-high 12 strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 3.53. Yet the Rockies have lost five of his six starts because they have averaged just three runs in his games.

"It's tough," said De La Rosa, who indicated that a sore left thumb shouldn't prevent him from making his next start. "You just have to do your best."

Effort isn't the issue with the Rockies . Results are the problem as they wake up this morning as co-tenants in the National League West basement.

``I would ask (our) fans to hold on,'' Hurdle said. ``We have to find a way to win games. At the end of the day, that's what it comes down to.'' ------------- Special K's

Jorge De La Rosa came close to a Rockies record with his 12-strikeout performance against the Florida Marlins at

Coors Field on Saturday. How he ranks in team history:


14....Darryl Montreal....Aug. 20, 1998....

13....Shawn Chacon....Houston....June 7, 2001....

12....Jorge De La Rosa....Florida....May 9, 2009....

12....John San Diego....Oct. 7, 2001....

12....Darryl Kile....Chicago Cubs....Aug. 30, 1998....

12....Pedro Atlanta....Sept. 14, 1997....

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