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Miami Marlins’ scoreless drought ends against the Colorado Rockies

 

cspencer@MiamiHerald.com

The drought is over. And it ended quickly Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton snapped the Marlins’ club-record, 37-inning scoreless drought with an RBI double in the first inning off Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz.

The scoreless streak was the longest in the majors since 1985.

Until Ed Lucas crossed home plate on Stanton’s gap double, the Marlins hadn’t touched the dish since July 14 — before the All-Star break — when Derek Dietrich homered in the fourth inning of a 10-inning loss to Washington.

The Marlins were shut out three times by the Brewers over the weekend, including Sunday’s 1-0 loss in 13 innings.

After Stanton’s RBI two-bagger, the Marlins added another run in the first on Placido Polanco’s sacrifice fly.

Knowing slumps

Tino Martinez doesn’t have a lot of experience as a hitting coach. This is his first year in that role. But when it comes to understanding the frustrations of a player mired in a hitting slump, Martinez knows the feeling.

“I’ve been there, and I understand,” said Martinez, who accumulated 1,925 hits over the course of a 16-year major-league career. “I had my 0-for-20s.”

As the Marlins on Monday prepared to face the Colorado Rockies in a four-game series at Coors Field, fresh off a sweep in Milwaukee in which they failed to score a run, Martinez said he intended to share his personal experiences with the hitters in hopes of changing their fortunes.

“I can’t tell you when, but I’ve been on many teams with those three- or four-game periods where you just can’t score,” Martinez said. “It’s frustrating.”

The Marlins entered the Colorado series riding a 37-inning scoring drought, the longest in the majors in 28 years. They totaled only 15 hits in the 31 innings played in Milwaukee, and their only extra-base hit — Logan Morrison’s double — could have easily been ruled a fielding error, instead.

The Marlins were 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position in the Milwaukee series and had gone 1 for 27 in those situations in their previous 58 innings.

“They’re obviously pressing with men in scoring position,” Martinez said.

Rookies Marcell Ozuna and Dietrich also looked lost at the plate, often swinging at shoulder-high pitches or ones at their feet.

“They’re forcing the issue a little bit and chasing balls out of the zone,” Martinez said. “That’s natural for any team, but more so for a young team.”

Dietrich was replaced in the lineup Monday by Donovan Solano.

Coming up

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (5-5, 2.75 ERA) at Colorado Rockies RHP Jhoulys Chacin (9-4, 3.50), 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.

•  Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (3-2, 2.44) at Rockies RHP Jorge De La Rosa (9-5, 3.12), 8:40 p.m., Coors Field.

•  Scouting report: Fernandez will be making his first start for the Marlins since appearing for the National League in the All-Star Game last week. Fernandez has held opponents to a .196 average, fourth in the NL.

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