And the hits just kept on coming for the Colorado Rockies on Monday night in south Florida.
After three games where Colorado’s bats were mostly dormant, the Rockies broke out the long ball in support of starter Jorge De La Rosa as Colorado avoided a sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins with a 5-3 win.
Mark Reynolds slapped a pair of homers and Trevor Story, Nick Hundley and Charlie Blackmon also joined in the Miami long-ball parade. In all, the Rockies blasted five solo homers on the night to account for all of their runs, preventing the Marlins from their first-ever four-game sweep inside Marlins Park.
Interestingly, Miami’s three runs also all came on solo shots, pushing the two teams to a new MLB record. The eight runs scored on solo homers were the most ever in a game where the home runs accounted for all of the scoring. The previous record of five was blown away in the fourth inning by Marcell Ozuna’s second bomb of the night.
If there was ever a place and a time where knocking home runs would be surprising, it was inside Marlins Park after the Rockies had just endured a brutal offensive stretch. Heading into the contest, in 27 innings against Miami, Colorado had just 11 hits and seven runs in three games. Take away one explosive inning for the Rockies in Saturday’s 9-6 defeat and Colorado has just six hits and one run in 26 innings.
As another note, seven of the eight homers went to left field.
Each of the game’s starters suffered at the hands of the long ball. Colorado greeted Miami starter Paul Clemens, making his first MLB start since 2014, with three homers. De La Rosa, still looking to find his form in the rotation, surrendered back-to-back homers to Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton in the opening frame, marking the first time all season the Marlins had hit consecutive homers.
After De La Rosa gave up three runs in six innings, five Colorado Rockies relievers combined to hold Miami scoreless for the final three frames. Carlos Estevez earned the save by pitching the ninth.
Now 33-36 on the season, Colorado will make a trip to the Bronx to play inside new Yankee Stadium for the first time. The Rockies swept two games from the Yankees at Coors Field last week.