MIAMI (AP) Pablo Lopez gave up an unearned run in seven solid innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday night.
Garrett Cooper, Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jorge Soler hit home for Miami.
The Marlins, who played their second home game of the season with the retractable roof open at LoanDepot Park, will look to sweep the three-game series on Thursday.
Lopez (5-3) allowed four hits, walked three and struck out six, ending a winless drought since May 7.
“I had some really good games behind me, and then the guys came out to support me,” Lopez said. “It’s the little things that make you realize it’s a team effort. It inspires you to get out there and compete.
Cooper’s two-run homer capped a four-run third over Chad Kuhl (4-5) and gave Miami a 4-1 lead. Jon Berti hit an RBI triple and scored on Chisholm’s single before Cooper connected on a drive that cleared the center field wall for his fifth homer.
“He took me out on sliders in the first run, I fell behind and felt like he was coming in with a lead,” Cooper said. “I just put a good swing on it, not tried to overdo it. That’s how you get in trouble.”
Chisholm’s two-run homer and Soler’s solo beat reliever Austin Gomber to seventh for Miami.
Chisholm, the No. 1 All-Star voting leader among NL second basemen, said he welcomed manager Don Mattingly to rest him Tuesday in the series opener. Chisholm started the day funk 2-for-16 with eight strikeouts.
“Sometimes you need that personal day,” Chisholm said. “He gave me a day off to clear my mind. Be ready for today and go out and dance.
Lopez’s huge lead and long outing also allowed Mattingly to rest his highly leveraged relievers.
“Pablo was nice, he was a little tough at first,” Mattingly said. “But he became more fluid and improved as the game went on. It was good to see him go through seven years.
Colorado closed the gap on Elias Diaz’s three-run homer against Louis Head in the ninth.
Kuhl was waived after five innings. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three. He’s lost five of his last six decisions after going 3-0 in April.
Colorado threatened in the sixth after Rodgers started with a triple. But Lopez took out Charlie Blackmon and CJ Cron and retired Ryan McMahon in a flyout.
“With the heart of the order coming, it was a little frustrating,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Their guy got us. We weren’t able to make contact, which is certainly frustrating. You need to do your situational hitting a little better.
The Marlins are 1-1 in both open-top games. Lopez was also the previous game’s starter not requiring the roof and didn’t make a decision in Miami’s 2-1 loss to Milwaukee on May 13.
Rockies: LHP Ty Blach (sprained left wrist) is expected to make rehab appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday and Saturday. … Black said INF-OF Kris Bryant (back weakness) was feeling fine after his rehab game with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. There are plans to increase Bryant’s workload with the minor league club before he joins the Rockies.
Marlins: LHP Jesus Luzardo (left forearm strain) has started his throwing program. … RHP Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendonitis) postponed his release from rehab at Triple-A Jacksonville on Wednesday due to a personal issue.
LHP Kyle Freeland (3-5, 4.46) will start the series finale for the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. LHP Braxton Garrett (1-2, 4.85) will start for the Marlins.
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