video thumbnail

CLE@MIA: Turner fans six over six solid innings

Saturday's shutout loss may have spoiled the Rockies' plans to play .500 baseball over their 10-game road trip, but Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa can still lift his team to its first road series win since early July with a strong outing Sunday afternoon in Miami.

The veteran lefty will aim for his fourth consecutive victory as the Rockies and Marlins square off for the final time this season.

The Rockies are 4-15 on the road since the All-Star break, and their 44 road losses are the most in baseball. Colorado has managed only one sweep away from Coors Field all year, a mid-April three-game set in San Diego capped off by De La Rosa's six shutout innings in the series finale.

Colorado's sweep-less stretch will continue, but De La Rosa will aim to take a pair of individual milestones away from the trip. On Tuesday, he earned his first career victory at Citizens Bank Park after entering with an 0-4 record in seven career games against the Phillies. A win Sunday would be his first at Marlins Park.

"I finally won one game here, and I finally won a game against those guys," De La Rosa said on Tuesday after Colorado's 5-3 win over the Phillies. "They're a tough team for me."

Marlins starter Jacob Turner has been plagued by command issues in his last two starts, having walked 11 batters in his last 10 innings -- he walked just 11 in his first 40 innings. He lasted only five innings for a third consecutive start in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers, thanks in large part to the base on balls he issued to pitcher Chris Capuano that jump-started a four-run Los Angeles fourth.

"That's obviously really frustrating in that situation," Turner said on Tuesday. "You [intentionally] walk the eight-hole guy to bring up the pitcher. Ninety-nine percent of the time, if you throw strikes in that situation, he gets himself out. But I wasn't able to do it, and it just snowballed from there."

Coupled with a six-walk effort Aug. 14 in Kansas City, Turner has seen his ERA rise above 3.00 for the first time all season. The 22-year-old right-hander has not won at home since July 10, and the Marlins have lost six of his last seven starts.

Rockies: Chatwood, Oswalt throw encouraging bullpens
• A pair of starters on the disabled list came away from their respective bullpen sessions with positive results Saturday. Manager Walt Weiss said that right-hander Tyler Chatwood would be sent out on a rehab assignment next week as the next step in Chatwood's recovery from an impingement in his right elbow.

Meanwhile, veteran righty Roy Oswalt will throw a simulated game when the team returns to Colorado next week. Oswalt recently suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained left hamstring while throwing a simulated game Aug. 10.

• Starter Jeff Manship is 0-4 with a 6.86 ERA in his first month with the Rockies after being charged with the loss Saturday night.

Marlins: Fernandez continues to dazzle
• National League Rookie of the Year candidate Jose Fernandez turned in another sparkling outing in Saturday night's 3-0 win over the Rockies, allowing just four hits over seven shutout innings and finishing with eight strikeouts. Since the beginning of June, Fernandez has a 1.52 ERA, the lowest of any starter over that span.

• Infielder Placido Polanco swung the bat and took infield practice Saturday for the first time since being hit on the helmet with a pitch in the Marlins' Aug. 16 game against the Giants. The team will continue to play it safe in deciding when to activate him from the seven-day concussion list.

"Tuesday's not out of the question," Miami manager Mike Redmond said Saturday. "These next couple days [we'll] get him to do as much as he possibly can and then we'll be able to determine where he's at. I don't see him having to go and play Minor League games or anything like that."

Worth noting
• Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez has begun swinging the bat in his recovery from a sprained UCL in his right middle finger, according to Weiss, but Gonzalez has not yet faced live pitching.

• Miami shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria leads all rookies in triples after recording his seventh Saturday. Comments