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0-2, 5.66 ERA (2-3, 6.63 ERA at Coors Field career)







1-2, 8.18 (0-1, 1.29 ERA vs. FLA in 2004)


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(Sports Network) - Al Leiter tries to continue his domination of the Rockies against a pitcher that has never beaten Florida, as the Marlins and Colorado play the middle contest of a three-game series from Coors Field.


Leiter is still trying for his first win of the season. He's 10-3 in 14 lifetime games versus the Rockies, but is just 2-3 with a 6.63 ERA in six career contests at Coors Field. He is coming off a losing start last Thursday against the Mets, when he allowed eight earned runs on six hits in three innings. The Marlins have been outscored 20-6 in his first four starts this year.


Lefthander Joe Kennedy has faced Florida four times in his career and has lost all four of those starts. Although Kennedy is just 28-40 lifetime, his career mark at Coors Field stands at 7-2 in 17 starts. He's coming off a loss at Philadelphia last Thursday, when he yielded seven hits and four runs in six frames.


Last night, Josh Beckett overcame a sluggish start to post his fourth win of the season and keyed a five-run seventh inning with a two-run double in Florida's 9-3 rout. Juan Pierre tripled and homered, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored twice. Miguel Cabrera also had three hits and drove in a run, while Alex Gonzalez homered in Florida's 15-hit attack. The Marlins have won seven of their last nine games.


Preston Wilson stroked an RBI double and Matt Holliday added a run-scoring triple in the first inning for Colorado, which has lost two straight. The Rockies were without manager Clint Hurdle, who was sent home from the ballpark by team doctors with flu-like symptoms. Bench coach Jamie Quirk managed the Rockies in place of Hurdle.


Todd Helton has 844 RBI for his career, just four shy of tying Admin Walker's Colorado franchise record of 848.


Florida went 5-1 versus the Rockies last season. Colorado is 10-4 at Coors Field against the Marlins since the start of 2001.


Stat of the Game

Conine, 9-13 vs. Kennedy with 2 doubles and a HR

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Why??? Holly...who usually makes the game threads days before the game even starts had fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Al Leiter has been the only Florida starter to struggle this season.


The veteran left-hander will try for his first victory of the season as the Marlins play the middle game of their series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.


Leiter is the only Florida starter without a win and an ERA over 3.00. Once again, he has been wild with his control. Leiter, who was seventh in the majors with 98 walks allowed last year, hasn't done much better this season, walking 12 batters in 20 2-3 innings.


He walked five, hit a batter, allowed five hits and eight runs in three innings, hiking his ERA from 2.55 to 5.66 in a 10-1 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday.


``You give up too many bases on balls to those big bombers, somebody will hurt you,'' Marlins manager Jack McKeon said.


The Rockies are the perfect team to help break Leiter out of his slump.


The 39-year-old Leiter has been sensational against Colorado in his career, going 10-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 14 starts versus the Rockies.


Josh Beckett had a two-run double in Florida's five-run seventh inning and overcame a shaky start for his fourth win, lifting the Marlins to a 9-3 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday.


Former Rockies outfielder Juan Pierre hit his first homer in 729 at-bats at Coors Field in the fourth inning and added an RBI triple in the seventh to finish a double short of the cycle. Alex Gonzalez also homered for Florida, which had 15 hits for its seventh win in nine games.


Colorado, which played under bench coach Jamie Quirk after manager Clint Hurdle went home with flu-like symptoms, had just four hits after the second inning to lose for the third time in five games.


Hurdle first started feeling ill before Colorado's game against San Francisco on April 8 and hasn't been able to shake the symptoms. He showed up for Tuesday's game, but was sent home by team internist Dr. Allen Schreiber.


Stat of the Day:

Al Leiter Career vs. Colorado:

3.52 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 10 W (99.2 IP)

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1. Pierre CF .313 , .364 vs. lefties (22 AB)

2. Castillo 2B .281, .500 vs. lefties (16 AB)

3. Delgado 1B .324, .316 vs. lefties (19 AB)

4. Cabrera LF .329, .273 vs. lefties (11 AB)

5. Encarnacion RF .271, .273 vs. lefties (11 AB)

6. Lo Duca C .344, .538 vs. lefties (13 AB)

7. Lowell 3B .187, .400 vs. lefties (10 AB)

8. Gonzalez SS .233., hitless vs. lefties (9 AB)

9. Leiter P .000, hitless vs. lefties obviously (2 AB)



1. Miles 2B .333, .312 vs. lefties (16 AB)

2. Barmes SS .421, .609 vs. lefties (23 AB)

3. Helton 1B .275, .333 vs. lefties (24 AB)

4. Wilson CF .246, .158 vs. lefties (19 AB)

5. Holliday LF .321, .292 vs. lefties (24 AB)

6. Greene C .286, .200 vs. lefties (15 AB)

7. Atkins 3B .667 (3 ABs), .000 vs. lefties (0 AB)

8. Restovich RF .346, .333 vs. lefties (21 AB)

9. Kennedy P .222, .000 vs. lefties (1 AB)

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