Rockies rock Hamels before big crowd at Coors

April 11, 2009 

Cole Hamels hardly looked like a World Series MVP in his 2009 debut.

After his start was pushed back because of spring training elbow trouble, Hamels was roughed up and chased early by the Rockies on Friday in Colorado's 10-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jason Marquis pitched seven strong innings in his Rockies debut, and Colorado beat the defending World Series champions in its home opener. The crowd of 49,427 was the highest paid attendance in a regular-season game at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.

Hamels (0-1) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings, including a five-run third in which he gave up half a dozen extra-base hits.

WELCOME HOME: Miguel Cabrera hit a grand slam and matched his career high with six RBIs as Detroit routed the Texas Rangers 15-2 in their home opener. The Tigers gave 44,588 fans plenty of reasons to cheer after bolstering low expectations by losing three of their first four games in Toronto. Texas lost for the first time in four games.

LONE UNBEATEN: Jorge Cantu singled with two out in the ninth to score Emilio Bonifacio, and Florida remained unbeaten by defeating the New York Mets 5-4 on Friday night. The Marlins, the only unbeaten team in the majors, are 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

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