- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - Giancarlo Stanton made it interesting for Miami.

Stanton homered once, and nearly hit another in the ninth, but the Marlins’ rally fell short in a 6-5 loss Wednesday night to the Colorado Rockies.

“I was just happy we kept ourselves in the game and made a run at it,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.

Stanton stepped to the plate with two on and two out in the ninth against closer LaTroy Hawkins, who allowed a lead-off single to Adeiny Hechavarria and walked Derek Dietrich.

“You never want to see him walking to the plate to win the game, he’s a dangerous hitter, it’s well-documented,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “It was very uncomfortable with Stanton at the plate.”

Stanton almost ended the game when he hit a long foul ball down the left-field line.

“(The pitch) was in so I wasn’t worried that it was going to be fair,” Rockies catcher Jordan Pacheco said. “I’ve heard that sound before, I heard it a couple innings prior to that, but it worked out for us.”

Stanton said: “I should have got it a little deeper. It landed a lot further (foul) than when it went past the pole. It was pretty close.”

Two pitches later Stanton delivered an RBI single, pulling Miami within a run.

Garrett Jones popped out to third base to end the game, with Hawkins earning the save.

“Hawk grinded through the inning and got it done,” Weiss said.

Although the Marlins came up short, it was a positive sign for a team that won 62 games last year.

“That’s the difference from last year,” Stanton said. “That happened frequently, a sense of looking to tomorrow, we already lost. It’s good to keep going every game to the last out.”

Pacheco had three hits as the Rockies held on for their first win. Charlie Blackmon and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits for Colorado.

“I think we were saving them,” Pacheco said of the hits. “We faced two tough guys (Jose Fernandez and Nathan Eovaldi) at the beginning of the series and it’s bound to happen with this lineup. We have a bunch of guys who can hit.”

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