- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - For a brief time against Dan Haren, the Colorado Rockies made spacious Marlins Park look like Coors Field.

Haren gave up first-inning homers Sunday to Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, and the Marlins missed a chance at a four-game sweep by losing 4-1.

Haren (6-3) needed 37 pitches to get through the first inning, and when it ended the Rockies had three runs. That was one more run than they totaled while losing first three games of the series.

“I missed a few pitches,” Haren said. “They really worked me hard.”

Haren settled down after the rough first start. He allowed no more runs and went six innings.

“I gave the team a chance, which I was pretty proud of because those can get ugly,” Haren said. “I know the Rockies have been struggling to score runs but their lineup is very good and it has hit me well in the past.”

Jorge De La Rosa (4-2) became the Rockies’ career leader in victories, allowing one run in seven innings. He improved to 73-47 with the Rockies, surpassing Aaron Cook, who went 72-68 for Colorado.

De La Rosa pitched around four walks and two errors. Three relievers combined to complete a five-hitter, and John Axford struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save in as many chances.

The Marlins went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the majors in home runs and RBIs, went 1 for 3 with a broken-bat single and a walk.

Blackmon homered to start a game for the fourth time in his career, giving the Rockies their first lead since Tuesday. Four batters later, Arenado hit his 16th homer following a walk.

It was the first time since Aug. 15 that the Marlins gave up more than one homer in a game at Marlins Park.

Haren has a 3.22 ERA despite allowing 13 homers this year, which ranks among the major league leaders.

“He labored a little bit to get through that first inning,” manager Dan Jennings said. “He didn’t have the rhythm and tempo that he normally has. That being said, he limited the damage.”

Miami scored in the seventh on pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out RBI single.


Deposed Marlins closer Steve Cishek made his first appearance since a brief demotion to the minors, coming in with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. One run scored on a forceout, but Cishek retired Carlos Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the inning.


Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (elbow) is scheduled to make his next rehab start Wednesday for Triple-A New Orleans at Round Rock. Fernandez has made two rehab starts for Class-A Jupiter.

“We’ll put him up against a little higher level of competition,” Jennings said. “We’re trying to pick our spots to put him in the best situation where we make sure that he gets the work that he needs.”

RHP Jarred Cosart will also make a rehab start Tuesday for New Orleans before rejoining the Marlins.

Marlins 3B Martin Prado left the game in the first inning with a sprained right shoulder after taking a tumble past first base trying to beat out a grounder.


Yankees: Slugger Alex Rodriguez, who grew up in Miami, pays a visit to Marlins Park beginning Monday to start a four-game, home-and-home series.

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (2-1, 3.05) is scheduled to start Monday when they begin a four-game, home-and-home series at Houston.

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