MIAMI | Once again, a drop in altitude has sent the Rockies’ batting average into a nosedive.
Colorado managed only two hits against four pitchers Sunday and lost to the Miami Marlins for the third day in a row, 3-0.
The Rockies, who began the series leading the NL in batting, have totaled 11 hits and no homers in the series. They managed only one hit Friday.
“We’ll get it right offensively,” manager Walt Weiss said. “We’ve struggled here historically scoring runs, and that has certainly been the case in this series.”
For the season, the Rockies’ OPS is 200 points lower on the road than at home. They’re averaging 6.0 runs in Denver, and 4.2 where the air’s not so thin.
Charlie Blackmon is 0 for 12 in the series, and DJ LeMahieu is 1 for 11. Mark Reynolds is 0 for 8 and Trevor Story is 1 for 9. Colorado will try to avert a four-game sweep Monday.
While the Rockies struggled adjusting to sea level this weekend, Miami’s relievers also were a factor. They’ve allowed one hit in 13 scoreless innings, and produced three perfect innings Sunday.
The only runs came on one swing — Marcell Ozuna’s 13th homer in the sixth inning.
Left-hander Tyler Anderson (0-1), making his second career start, matched zeroes with Tom Koehler (6-6) until the sixth. After Derek Dietrich walked and Martin Prado singled, Ozuna greeted right-hander Miguel Castro with a homer for his third hit.
Weiss didn’t second-guess his decision to bring in Castro to face Ozuna.
“That’s a matchup I’m looking at before the inning starts,” Weiss said. “I’m certainly not going to let Ozuna face a lefty; he mauls left-handers. Castro got into a bad count and threw a flat fastball that was center cut.”
Anderson had no objection to being pulled.
“You always want to stay in there and finish, but you also have to have faith in Castro,” Anderson said. “Castro’s done a heck of a job, so you expect him to come in there and do well, and sometimes it doesn’t always go that way.”
Koehler walked a career-high six in six innings, but the Rockies stranded seven runners before the Miami bullpen shut them down.
Anderson’s performance was the one bright spot for Colorado. He has now allowed three runs and one walk in 12 innings.
“The kid has really shown up well,” Weiss said. “That’s a good story. His first two starts in the big leagues have been about as good as you could hope for.”
A third strike bounced away from Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis to start the ninth, and he scrambled and threw from his knees to retire Story at first.
“That was not only a good play, it was a big play,” Ramos said. “If that guy gets on, a lot of things can happen.”
Koehler pitched at least six innings for the fifth start in a row. He has an ERA of 2.59 over his past nine starts, lowering his ERA for the season to 3.92.
Koehler lowered his ERA in five career starts against Colorado to 1.59.
Marlins RHP Paul Clemens, recalled Sunday from Triple-A New Orleans, will pitch in the majors for the first time since 2014 when he starts Monday against Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa (3-4, 7.61 ERA) in the series finale.