DENVER — It was almost back to square one for the Marlins.
Or, in their particular case, almost back to point zero. As in zero runs.
Thanks to a two-out RBI single in the eighth by Donovan Solano, the Marlins avoided being shut out for the fourth time on a road trip that started in Milwaukee on Friday.
One run wasn’t enough, as the Colorado squeezed out a 2-1 victory at Coors Field.
And even though they won the first two games of the Colorado series, they did it behind strong pitching, not a hitting breakout. Through six games of a road trip that ends here Thursday, the Marlins have scored just eight total runs.
It wasn’t like the Marlins were without chances. They had runners in scoring position in five of the nine innings, but only produced on one occasion -- Solano’s run-scoring hit in the eighth off Matt Belisle.
“We had lots of chances,” said manager Mike Redmond. “We’ve seen that before, where we had opportunities to score and haven’t been able to do that.”
Giancarlo Stanton, the “King of Coors,” failed to come up large the way he normally does at what has to rank as his favorite ballpark at which to hit. Stanton had hit home runs in seven of his nine career games at Coors. On Wednesday, he went 0 for 4.
Christian Yelich couldn’t come up with an encore to equal his big-league debut performance from Tuesday when he began his career with three base hits. Yelich went 0 for 4.
Jake Marisnick, the other rookie outfielder the Marlins promoted, remained hitless for his two-game career after going 0 for 4.
While the Marlins managed to outhit the Rockies, 10-7, they wasted most of them. All the hits were singles, though.
“Hits don’t matter,” Stanton said. “You’ve got to have them when it counts. You can have 30 hits. You do it when it matters.”
Yet another solid performance by a Marlins starter went down the drain. This time it was Jacob Turner on the short end of a nice outing.
After a two-double by Todd Helton in the second, the Rockies grabbed the lead on Nolan Arenado’s RBI single to left. The Rockies made it 2-0 in the fifth on D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly.
But those were the only runs allowed by Turner, who was much sharper on Wednesday than he was in Milwaukee in his first start back from the break. But it still added up to a loss, dropping his record to 3-3.
The Marlins could do little against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa, who hasn’t pitched well against them in the past. De La Rosa’s career ERA against the Marlins entering Wednesday: 6.07.
Yet he blanked the Marlins for six innings, scattering five hits and striking out five.
It wasn’t until De La Rosa and Rockies manager Walt Weiss turned to his bullpen that the Marlins made a serious threat. And what a threat it was, as they loaded the bases in the seventh off Edger Escalona with no outs.
But Escalona caught Adeiny Hechavarria looking on a 3-2 pitch that caught the outside corner, left-handed reliever Josh Outman struck out Yelich, and Wilton Lopez induced a weak ground ball out of Stanton for the final out.
“None of us did it,” Stanton said. “That’s the whole game right there.”
The Marlins scored their only run in the eighth on Solano’s RBI hit.
But Belisle struck out pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano with runners at first and second to prevent the Marlins from tying the game, or going ahead.
Ruggiano has now gone hitless in 31 consecutive at bats, two shy of the team record for futility held by Mike Jacobs.