Lucas, Stanton help Marlins end scoreless streak and edge Rockies


Jul 22, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek (31) is greeted by catcher Jeff Mathis (left) after the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Marlins won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins’ already shaky offense stumbled out of the gates after the second, after a franchise record of thirty scoreless innings captured headlines for the team. Miami put the streak to rest this evening at Coors Field, scoring in the first inning off Colorado Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz and tacking on another run in the second. Tom Koehler bounced back from a streak of his own, pitching seven innings for the first time since June 20th on the way to a Miami 3-1 victory.

A one-out single from Ed Lucas started the first inning rally for Miami. Lucas scored in the next at bat on a Giancarlo Stanton double to right center. Marcell Ozuna kept the hits coming, reaching on an infield single which moved Stanton to third. Stanton would score on a Placido Polanco sacrifice fly, Polancos 16th RBI of the year.

Lucas added on to his productive game with his second home run of the season, pushing the Miami lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Colorado’s Pomeranz would pitch into the fifth inning before being pulled in favor of Manny Corpas.

The Rockies would get on the scoreboard on a Troy Tulowitzki solo home run in the fourth inning. Tulowitzki’s two hit day is his third since the break, a welcome sight to Colorado fans, as the shortstop has already missed a month’s worth of games for the team.

Miami handed the ball to Chad Qualls and Steve Cishek to finish the game after Koehler exited after seven one-run innings. Koehler finished with seven strikeouts and no walks. Cishek’s perfect ninth notched his 18th save of the season and sealed their 36th win of the season. First pitch for tomorrow’s second game in the four-game series is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET tomorrow in Denver.