Lefthander Chris Rusin was recalled Sunday morning, giving manager Bud Black three left-handed relievers in the bullpen. German Marquez, who had not pitched this season, was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Rusin.  Rusin opened the season on the disabled list.

Rusin made one rehab appearance at Albuquerque, working 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the Isotopes opener on Thursday. He made 29 appearances for the Rockies last year — 22 out of the bullpen. As a reliever he was 2-1 with a  2.58 ERA.

Rusin joins right-hander Jordan Lyles as the long men in the Rockies bullpen. He will back up fellow lefthanders Jake McGee and Mike Dunn.

THE ROCKIES first five victories have all been by one or two runs. That’s a marked change from a year ago. The Rockies were 24-36 in games decided by one or two runs a year ago, the worst record in the NL. The Twins have the worst overall record (27-48) in games decided by one or two runs.

The Rockies 60 games decided by one or two runs lat season was the fewest in the majors.

THE ROCKIES have opened the season 5-1 for the third time in history. Today they will attempt to claim their sixth victory in the first seven games, which would equal the best start in franchise history, which was in 1995. In their third year of existence, the Rockies claimed the first NL wild-card in the strike-shortened season.

They opened Coors Field that year, and it started with a two-game sweep of the Mets.

This season the Rockies opened by taking three of four in Milwaukee, and then came home on Friday to play the Dodgers. They have won the first two games of the Dodger Series and this afternoon will go for the sweep. Tyler Anderson has drawn the start for the Rockies against the Dodgers Kenta Maeda.

THE ROCKIES have had their problems with the Dodgers. They trail in the all-time series 170-229 (.426), and have won a season series in six of the previous 24 years.

The Rockies have, however, swept nine of the 128 series against the Dodgers, including two in 2007. The Rockies have already clinched only thier 44th series victory against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have won the season series in Coors Field in 10 of the 23 seasons of the ballpark’s existence.

 

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Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw is among the most dominate pitchers in the game, except at Coors Field. Kershaw was the losing pitcher in the Rockies 4-2 victory against the Dodgers on Saturday night. He is 8-4 at Coors Field, but the other numbers aren’t pretty.

He has a 4.71 ERA. The only other ERA above 4.00 in a current ballpark is at Angels Stadium where he has a 4.05 ERA. He has allowed 19 home runs to the Rockies, the most of any team, and has given up 16 at Coors Field, which is No. 1, and 13 more than he has given up at AT&T Park, No. 2 for a visiting park.

And Saturday was a particularly tough night for Kershaw. He gave up three home runs in a game for only the third time in his career. With the score tied 1-1 he gave up back-to-back home runs for the first time in his career, a two-run shot to Mark Reynolds followed by a solo shot from Gerardo Parra.

REYNOLDS hit the two-run home run and also singled in the eighth, adding to the best start of his career. He has hit in the first five games of a season for the first time, but more than that he is 9-for-19 with three home runs and eight RBI.

Reynolds second longest season-opening hitting streak was four game sin 2009, but he had only five hits and just one RBI.

Reynolds was offered $3 million to play in Korea this year, but instead returned to the Rockies, although he signed a minor-league contract and was invited to spring training.

His role became significant, however, when Ian Desmond suffered a broken hand during spring training, opening not only a roster spot for Reynolds, but a spot in the starting lineup.

GREG HOLLAND earned his fourth save in four appearances, working a 1-2-3 ninth for the Rockies in their 4-2 victory against the Dodgers.

Holland has not allowed a hit in his four one-inning appearances. He has struck out six. Mike Dunn retired both batters he faced to finish off the sixth inning. He has allowed one hit in four innings.

Holland and the left-handed Dunn were the two key relievers the Rockies signed in the off-season.

THE ROCKIES 5-1 start matches the best in franchise history. They also opened the 1995 and 2013 seasons winning five of six. In 1995, their third year of existence, they earned the first wild-card spot in NL history, and lost to the Braves in the NL Division Series. In 2013 they finished 74-88 and in last place in the NL West.

 

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