MIAMI — Rockies frustration reached a fever pitch Saturday night in a 4-3 loss to Miami at Marlins Park.

All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado was ejected for throwing his bat to the ground in anger after striking out on a checked swing in the seventh inning. First-base umpire Pat Hoberg gave Arenado a quick thumb and Arenado raced down to first to plead his case.

No matter. The ejection stood and Arenado got tossed for just the third time in his career. He was replaced by Pat Valaika.

The overriding themes of the evening were the plight of the Rockies’ struggling offense, the jaw-dropping power of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the Rockies’ mounting road woes. They fell to 30-30 away from home after losing for the 20th time in their last 26 road games.

Colorado went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and is 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position four games into a five-game road trip. There was one ray of good news. Carlos Gonzalez collected his first RBI on the road since May 24 when he grounded out to second in the eighth, chasing home Mark Reynolds, to cut Miami’s lead to 4-3.

Rockies infield prospect Ryan McMahon made his big-league debut in the eighth with two outs and runners at first and second, but he flew out to center fielder Christian Yelich.

Stanton blasted a three-run, speed-of-light homer off starter Jeff Hoffman in the fourth, giving the Marlins a 4-1 lead. It was Stanton’s eighth homer in nine games and his 20th in his last 32 games. The ball came off his bat at 114 mph and Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra barely moved as the ball sailed over his head.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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