DENVER (AP) — Anibal Sanchez tossed eight strong innings to win his first game in more than two months and the Florida Marlins held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 Tuesday night.
Mike Stanton homered, Bryan Petersen had two triples and Leo Nunez earned his 33rd save for the Marlins, who had to sweat out another ninth-inning rally by Colorado.
A night after he hit a walk-off three-run homer, Jason Giambi hit a pinch-hit two-run homer off Nunez with two outs in the ninth. Ty Wigginton followed with a single before Dexter Fowler popped out to end the game.
Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith also homered for the Rockies.
Sanchez (7-6) was sharp in earning his first victory since beating Arizona on June 10 and continued his dominance of the Rockies, who he nearly no-hit in April. He scattered five hits and struck out seven, improving to 3-0 in four starts against Colorado.
The Marlins gave Sanchez an early lead when they jumped on starter Jhoulys Chacin in the first inning. Petersen tripled with one out, Stanton walked and Greg Dobbs singled to make it 1-0. After a strikeout, Mike Cameron singled to left to give the Marlins a 3-0 lead.
Florida loaded the bases on two walks but Chacin got Sanchez to ground out to end the inning.
The Rockies got two back in the bottom of the second on solo homers from Tulowitzki and Seth Smith. It was Tulowitzki’s 25th homer.
The Marlins stretched the lead in the fourth. Light-hitting Jose Lopez led off with a double and scored on Emilio Bonifacio’s single to left. Petersen followed with his second triple to make it 5-2.
That was all for Chacin (9-10), who allowed five runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked three.
Gonzalez led off the bottom of the fourth with his 19th homer to cut the lead to 5-3.
Stanton hit his 28th homer to lead off the seventh.
NOTES: Colorado RHP Juan Nicasio talked publicly for the first time since suffering a fractured vertebra after getting hit by a line drive on Aug. 5. … Marlins INF Omar Infante (fractured right middle finger) will join the team in San Diego on Friday. … The Rockies will send RHP Aaron Cook to the mound in the series finale Wednesday. Cook has lost his last two starts and has received little offensive support of late. The Rockies have scored just three runs in his last four starts. … Ricky Nolasco will pitch for Florida on Wednesday. Nolasco needs just three strikeouts to pass Dontrelle Willis for first in club history in career strikeouts.
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