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NYM@COL: Garland earns second win with a solid start

A new year, a new result for the Rockies in Interleague Play?

That's what they're hoping for as the Rockies look to break a rough Interleague stretch against Tampa Bay when right-hander Jon Garland faces reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price on Saturday at Coors Field.

The Rockies struggled mightily against the AL last season, going 2-13, including an 0-9 mark against the AL East. That trend continued with Colorado's 7-4 loss Friday and on Saturday, Garland looks to snap both his team's and his own Interleague struggles.

Garland has posted a 5.82 ERA in six career Interleague starts, going 1-3 with a .317 average against. The four-year National League veteran has fared well against the Rays, going 5-2 with at 3.27 ERA in 11 starts. He has a 3-2 career record at Coors Field.

He'll be facing a Rays squad that hasn't played well on the road, posting a 5-11 mark, but sends its ace to the mound on Saturday.

After a rough start to the season that saw him winless through his first five outings, Price has turned in better outings in his last two. The lefty earned his first win in his last start, allowing three runs in seven innings against the White Sox, and has pitched at least seven innings in his past two.

Price has only faced the Rockies and the high altitude of Coors Field once, in June 2009, allowing five runs in seven innings.

Rays: Loney swinging hot bat
First baseman James Loney is batting .489 in his last 15 games compared to posting only a .167/.265/.233 slash line in his first 13 games.

Loney also owns a .321 career average at Coors Field.

• Outfielder Matt Joyce has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting .300 over that stretch.

• The Rays have homered in a franchise-record 17 straight games, during which they've left the yard 31 times.

Rockies: Chacin ready for Sunday
Jhoulys Chacin said he feels no issues from a back strain that landed him on the disabled list last month and expects to return and start Sunday.

"I've fielded ground balls, bunts, everything, and I feel no pain. So everything is good," Chacin said. "I have no problems. I just missed two starts, so I'll do the same thing I was doing -- throw strikes, get hitters out, let the defense help me."

• Center fielder Dexter Fowler, who exited Friday's game with right hip flexor soreness, has an 11-game hitting streak during which he's batting .400 with two doubles, a triple and a home run.

• Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .308 in his Interleague career.

Worth noting
• Both the Rays and Rockies have swept the other in their opponent's home ballparks. Colorado won three straight in Tropicana Field in June 2002 and the Rays swept the Rockies at Coors Field in June 2004.

• Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has a .301 average with 25 home runs in 209 career Interleague games.

• The Rays are 3-7 all-time at Coors Field and 6-7 overall against the Rockies. Comments