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Marlins 8, Rockies 3 Tulo's big RBIs only hits in night of swings, misses

Marlins 8, Rockies 3 Tulo's big RBIs only hits in night of swings, misses
Rockies fans might consider borrowing a cheer from Broncos fans across the freeway at Invesco Field at Mile High ? the one that goes "In-com-plete!" More than a month into the season, the Rockies look clueless as how to put together a complete package. Case in point: their lackluster 8-3 loss to the Marlins on Friday night at chilly Coors Field. After the game, manager Clint Hurdle was asked how he was dealing with the club's disappointing start.

"I get up every day and focus on doing my job," Hurdle said. "There is no quit in me, there's never been any quit in me and there won't be any quit in me. And I have to encourage our ballclub to attack things the same way. They have to show up tomorrow and get after it, play a good Baseball game and expect to win." Although the Rockies received some encouraging early offense from Troy Tulowitzki ? he broke out of his slump with a solo homer in the first and a run-scoring double in the third ? Rockies pitchers failed to reel in a team that came to town having lost six of seven games. Simply put, the Marlins, led by Hanley Ramirez's 4-for-5, two-RBI performance, teed off on Rockies pitching. The Marlins stroked a season-high 16 hits. Rockies starter Jason Hammel was a tease. He threw gorgeous off-speed pitches, striking out Jorge Cantu with a wicked slider in the third. But the Marlins sat on Hammel's fastballs and made him pay. "Tonight I was a two-pitch pitcher," Hammel said. "I didn't have a changeup, which is a good pitch against this team because they are looking fastball. And the slider as ineffective, but I had too many hittable pitches tonight." In the first, Ramirez stroked a 92-mph fastball over the left-field wall for a 1-0 Marlins' lead. Leading off the second, John Baker hit a 91-mph fastball into the right- field seats. The Marlins broke out big in the fifth, smashing three straight singles and a deep sacrifice fly off Hammel. He walked off the mound still winless after three starts, a six-run, eight-hit smudge on his ledger. Reliever Matt Belisle failed to bail out Hammel. Belisle gave up three hits, recorded no outs and was charged with two runs, ballooning his ERA to 9.82. Trusty lefty Glendon Rusch finally snuffed out the Marlins' rally. The Rockies tied the game at 3-all in the third when Brad Hawpe drove home Tulowitzki with a looping double to left. But from that point, Colorado's bats were mostly silent. Proof of the Rockies' frustration reared its head in the seventh when Hawpe tossed away his bat in anger after striking out with two men on base. The Rockies struck out 10 times, with Clint Barmes fanning three times. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco continues to perplex the Rockies . He was far from great ? allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings ? but he struck out five and walked only one. He's 3-0 vs. the Rockies , and in his last four games against them he's struck out 26 and walked just two. The nugget of good news was Tulowitzki's night. His line-drive homer to left off Nolasco in the first inning was rocket-powered. For an encore, he powered a ball to the gap in left-center for a double in the third, driving in Seth Smith. In both at-bats, Tulowitzki extended his arms and drove the ball with the authority that was his signature during his rookie season in 2007. Patrick Saunders: 303-954-1428 or

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