The Colorado Rockies let victories slip away in their last two contests to extend their frustrating slump, while a lack of offense - which has been the trend all season - has contributed to the Miami Marlins ' latest skid.
Jhoulys Chacin takes the hill Friday night for visiting Colorado seeking his first career victory over the Marlins, who look to avoid a fourth straight defeat.
The Rockies (59-70) led Philadelphia by one run heading into the ninth in the final two of their four-game set, but Rafael Betancourt allowed a pair of runs in each instance as they lost 4-3 on Wednesday and 5-4 on Thursday.
Wilin Rosario , who has homered in three straight as part of a 13-game hitting streak, hit a three-run shot in the series finale for Colorado, which has dropped five of six."He's been swinging the bat well for a few weeks," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's an impact offensive player."
The Rockies will look to bounce back with help from Chacin, who is coming off a rare tough performance.
Chacin (11-7, 3.24 ERA) had pitched at least six innings in each of his previous seven starts while boasting a 2.02 ERA in that stretch, but he allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss at Baltimore on Sunday.
The right-hander decided to pitch just one day after the passing of his grandmother.
"He was pretty emotional and pitching with a heavy heart, but he battled and he wanted to stay out there," Weiss said. "He competed well."
It marked the first time Chacin yielded more than two runs in his 10 road starts this season, falling to 4-4 with a 2.14 ERA there. He pitched well against the Marlins on July 23 in Colorado, but he suffered a 4-2 loss despite giving up three runs - two earned - in seven innings.
Chacin is 0-4 with a 6.35 ERA in three career starts and two relief appearances versus Miami, which scored five runs while losing the final three of its four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers .
The Marlins (48-78) got a solo homer from Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning of Wednesday's 4-1 defeat, then were shut out for the final 17 frames following Thursday's 6-0 loss.
Miami, which ranks last in the majors in runs and batting average, has gone 2 for 25 with runners in scoring position during its skid."Runs are going to be a premium for us, and we had that opportunity several times," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's definitely an area we need to improve - driving in runs - especially early."
The Marlins have a 5.29 ERA while losing five of seven, and they'll turn to Tom Koehler in the series opener.
Koehler (3-8, 4.66), though, has pitched fewer than six innings in each of his last three starts while going 0-2 with a 6.46 ERA. He allowed three runs and walked four in five innings of Miami's 6-5 win over San Francisco on Monday.
The right-hander was solid against the Rockies on July 22, though, giving up a solo homer to Ed Lucas and eight hits overall while striking out seven in seven innings of a 3-2 victory.
"At the beginning of any series, you want to set the tone," Koehler said. "You want to set the tone from a pitching standpoint, and set the bar for what you want the guys to do the rest of the way."
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MIAMI (AP) -- Jhouyls Chacin spent the week in Venezuela to attend his grandmother's funeral. He made it back to Miami for his start against the Marlins on Friday.
Chacin (12-7) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings while striking out five to help give the Colorado Rockies a 3-2 win over the Marlins.
"I was real excited to pitch," Chacin said. "It was a tough situation back home, but when I got here I wanted to have all of my concentration to try to throw strikes and a lot of innings."
The Rockies trailed 2-1 heading into the eighth before Michael Cuddyer hit an RBI single to tie it and Ryan Wheeler hit a go-ahead RBI double to help Chacin earn the victory.
"I've dealt with a similar situation a few years ago too and you just want to come out and perform well for them," Wheeler said. "I think for (Chacin) to be able to come out for seven innings is huge. I know that his grandmother is watching down on him and helping him out. I'm glad we were able to get him a couple runs there and get him off the hook."
Adam Ottavino pitched the eighth and Lex Brothers picked up his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
"I like (Brothers) in the game period, I don't care if it's the seventh, eighth, or ninth," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's tough to hit so I like him in the game with the game on the line."
Cuddyer drove in two runs while Troy Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the first. Wilin Rosario had his hitting streak snapped at 13 with an 0-for-4 night.
Ed Lucas homered and Tom Koehler allowed one run in seven innings for Miami, which has lost four in a row.
With the Rockies trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Tulowitzki got the rally started with a one-out double to center off Chad Qualls (4-2).
Cuddyer followed with an RBI single to score Tulowitzki to tie the game. After Rosario grounded out, Wheeler gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a double to center for his first RBI of the season.
"Qualls has been good for us all year but in that eighth inning he was up in the zone and couldn't close them out," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Too bad, it would have been a nice win. It was a close game but our offense was pretty quiet."
Brothers retired the Marlins in order in the ninth to preserve the victory.
Lucas' home run to lead-off the fifth broke a scoreless tie. It was his third home run of the season and the first since July 22 at Colorado.
DJ LeMahieu responded with a triple to begin the sixth and scored on a groundout by Cuddyer to tie the game at 1.
"After we score on a big home run by Lucas, I can't go out there and allow the guy who leads off to hit a triple and say, `Here you go, come right back in the game,"' Koehler said. "Shut down innings are really important in that situation to put them away and I have to do a better job of doing that."
Lucas had a chance to give the Marlins the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but grounded out to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Jake Marisnick tripled to right in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to give Miami a 2-1 lead.
NOTES: Koehler also allowed one run in seven innings against the Rockies on July 22. ... Rockies RHP Rafael Betancourt (elbow) will have an MRI on Monday after suffering an injury on Wednesday at Philadelphia. "It doesn't look great," Weiss said. "His elbow is pretty sore." ... Chacin ran into Marlins third base coach Joe Espada when backing up third base knocking Espada to the ground. Marlins phenom RHP Jose Fernandez (9-5, 2.41 ERA) will take the mound Saturday against Colorado RHP Jeff Manship (0-3, 7.80 ERA).