Ex-Dust Devils Pacheco leads youth movement for Rockies

By The Associated PressAugust 20, 2012 

DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies didn't let two more injuries interfere with their best homestand in nearly three months.

Jordan Pacheco homered among his three hits as the banged-up Rockies slowed down Giancarlo Stanton and beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday.

Colorado, employing mostly young players, finished the homestand 5-2, its best since going 6-1 in May 28-June 3.

"They want to win," outfielder Dexter Fowler said. "Even though they're young, they're learning and going out and playing hard."

The young players have been forced into service due to a rash of injuries that have hit the club, including two more Sunday.

Rockies outfielder Eric Young Jr. left after one inning with a strain in his left ribcage, and shortstop Josh Rutledge exited in the fifth with tightness in his left thigh.

Before the game, Colorado put outfielder Michael Cuddyer back on the

15-day disabled list after he aggravated a right oblique strain in Saturday's loss.

"There's nothing you can do about other people getting hurt," pitcher Adam Ottavino said. "When you come into a tough spot all you can do is just keep playing. That's all we're trying to do."

Young said after the game the injury wasn't serious and he would miss one or two games. Colorado plays the Mets in New York on Monday.

Stanton went homerless for the first time in seven games at Coors Field. On Saturday night, he became the first player in big league history to homer in his first six games in a particular park, the Marlins said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

Colorado looked overmatched early by Marlins starter Josh Johnson but broke through in the fourth. Rutledge reached on an infield hit -- Colorado's first of the game -- and scored on Fowler's double.

Two outs later, Pacheco homered to left to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. It was the second of the year for the former Tri-City Dust Devil and first since May 17, a span of 279 at-bats. His .312 batting average ranks third on the Rockies, behind Young (.316) and Rutledge (.331), another former Dust Devil.

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