MIAMI (AP) – Jose Urena pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league victory, and the Miami Marlins supported him with some slugging to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 Friday night.
The Marlins hit two home runs, neither by major league leader Giancarlo Stanton, and nearly had a third.
J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, and Martin Prado had a solo shot. Marcell Ozuna’s two-run drive was wiped out by a replay review that determined the ball hooked foul, so he settled five pitches later for a two-out RBI single.
Stanton had a single and a double and scored a run.
The Rockies lost their third game in a row and have totaled one run in the first two games of the series.
Making his fourth major league start, Urena (1-2) allowed six hits and no walks in 6 2-3 innings. He took a shutout into the seventh, when Carlos Gonzalez hit his seventh homer, ending a string of 17 consecutive scoreless innings for Colorado.
Urena limited the Rockies to one run in six innings last week but did not get a decision.
Kyle Kendrick (2-8) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings. He’s tied for the major league lead in losses, and he fell to 14-4 in 28 games against the Marlins.
Miami’s Dee Gordon went 1 for 4 to retain his lead in the major league batting race over the Rockies’ DJ LeMahieu, who also went 1 for 4. Gordon is hitting .355, LeMahieu .349.
Ozuna’s single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 13 games and gave Miami a 1-0 lead.
Prado went sprawling when he ducked out of the way of a high and inside fastball from Kendrick, and then hit the next pitch for a homer to make it 2-0 in the sixth.
Realmuto’s third homer came off Scott Oberg and followed a pair of walks in the eighth.
Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the fourth.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (elbow) pitched five scoreless innings in his second rehab start for Class A Jupiter.
Marlins RHP Mat Latos, sidelined since May 21 with left knee inflammation, is scheduled to start Saturday against Rockies RHP David Hale.
Latos is 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA, and the Marlins’ injury-plagued rotation is a combined 17-23. Fernandez, Jarred Cosart and Henderson Alvarez are all expected to return from injuries in the next month.
“We’ve got to get the pitching right, myself included,” Latos said. “We have guys who can do it.”
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