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Diaz, Profar lead Rockies to 5-3 Marlins win

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DENVER — Elias Díaz homered and doubled to drive in two runs and Jurikson Profar doubled to extend his on-base streak to 30 games and drove in another pair as the Colorado Rockies won the game on Monday night. Defeated the Miami Marlins 5–3.

Brian De La Cruz had four hits for the Marlins, scoring twice, and Jacob Stallings had two RBIs on an infield force play and single.

With the score tied at 2-all in the bottom of the sixth inning, Díaz connected for his fourth home run, driving an offering from Edward Cabrera (3-4) into the left field bleachers.

Profar, whose on-base streak is the longest active streak in the majors, added a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh.

Pierce Johnson struck out three for his ninth save and Jake Bird (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief for the win.

Profer, Kris Bryant and Díaz hit consecutive doubles in the bottom of the first inning off Cabrera, giving the Rockies a 2–0 lead. But Cabrera regrouped to strike out 13 of the next 14 batters, striking out four and walking one in that span before Charlie Blackmon’s two-out single in the bottom of the fifth.

Miami pulled away to tie it 2–2, with an RBI single from Luis Arraz in the top of the third and a run-scoring force out by Stallings in the fourth.

Catcher Elias Diaz of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Monday, May 22, 2023, in Denver. Credit: AP/David Zalubowski

Chase Anderson made his second start for the Rockies since being claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay on May 12, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and a no decision.

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Marlins: LHP Trevor Rogers (left biceps strain) came out of his latest rehab appearance well and is on track for another rehab return later this week. Manager Skip Shumaker said, “So far everything has been positive, no setbacks.” Rodgers was placed on the retroactive 15-day injured list on April 20.

Rockies: RHP Noah Davis (right elbow inflammation) came out of a bullpen session on Monday feeling good and the club is expected to work out a plan in the next day or two for a rehab assignment. “He’s on the way back,” said manager Bud Black. “It’s good that he hit the mound and the elbow looks great.” … 2B Brendan Rodgers, sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a damaged left shoulder capsule in early March, has been taking infield grounders, a sign that his rehab is premature. Initially, it was thought that Rodgers would miss the season but Black stated that there is a “realistic chance” Rodgers could return before the end of the season.

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Jake Bird reacts after striking out Garrett Cooper of the Miami Marlins to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Monday, May 22, 2023, in Denver. Credit: AP/David Zalubowski

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Marlins rookie RHP Yuri Perez (1-0, 2.79 ERA) is set to make his third career start Tuesday night against the Rockies. He earned his first major league win last out, allowing one run over five innings in the Marlins’ 5–3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Rocky counters with LHP Austin Gomber (3-4, 6.70 ERA).