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Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez blew a 2-run lead in the 9th as the Marlins rallied for a 5-3 win

Posted: 10:50 PM, Aug 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-06 00:50:42-04
Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez blew a 2-run lead in the 9th as the Marlins rallied for a 5-3 win

DENVER --  Martin Prado  hit a go-ahead, two-run single during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the  Miami Marlins  over the  Colorado Rockies  5-3 Friday night in a matchup of NL wild-card contenders.

After a throwing error by second baseman  Dee Gordon  helped the Rockies score three times in the eighth, the Marlins bounced back. Miami ended a three-game losing skid and stayed even with St. Louis for the second wild-card spot, with Colorado falling four games behind.

Marlins pinch hitter  Ichiro Suzuki  struck out on three pitches and remains two hits away from 3,000. He is in an 0-for-11 slump.

The first three Marlins reached base in the ninth as  Adeiny Hechavarria 's RBI single cut the lead to 3-2 off closer  Carlos Estevez  (2-6). Prado singled with the bases loaded and  Christian Yelich  added a sacrifice fly.

Brian Ellington  (2-1) finished out the eighth and  A.J. Ramos  recorded his 32nd save in 34 chances.

DJ LeMahieu  had four hits for Colorado.  Carlos Gonzalez  extended his hitting streak to 16 games and  David Dahl  hit safely in his 11th consecutive game in the majors.

The Rockies took a 3-1 lead in the eighth. LeMahieu scored from second to tie the game when  Nolan Arenado  hit into a forceout and Gordon threw a potential double-play ball into the stands.

Dahl lined an RBI single off  Fernando Rodney  and  Mark Reynolds  extended the lead with a double. Dahl is hitting .356 since making his debut.

David Phelps , the Marlins' reliable relief pitcher, threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his first start of the season.

Jorge De La Rosa  gave up four hits and one run over six strong innings. He's had a quality start in eight of his last nine outings.

Gordon stole his 10th base of the season and  Giancarlo Stanton  drove him home with a double to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

ICHIRO'S QUEST

Suzuki didn't start Friday and manager Don Mattingly said there was no concrete decision on when the outfielder would be back in the lineup.

"No real plans," Mattingly said. "I look at the matchups and I look at our guys. With the (Sunday) day game, it could be a better chance, but it really would depend on how (Marcell) Ozuna looks and how Giancarlo looks."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: 1B  Justin Bour  (ankle) will not to return from the 15-day disabled until after the Marlins complete their three-game series in Colorado. . RHP  Bryan Morris  (back), who is on the 60-day DL, will not return to the Marlins until September at the earliest, Mattingly said.

Rockies: Gonzalez started after missing Thursday with a sprained left ankle. . Daniel Descalso  (shoulder) returned to the lineup after he went head-first into the wall Thursday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP  Andrew Cashner  (4-7, 4.54 ERA) held the Cardinals to two runs in six strong innings in his Marlins debut.

Colorado: RHP  Chad Bettis  (9-6, 5.16 ERA) was 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in July.