Kim shuts down Marlins in first start of season

MIAMI (AP) -- Byung-Hyun Kim made a successful season debut for
the Colorado Rockies.

Kim struck out a career-high nine in his first start following a
month on the disabled list, and the Rockies beat the Marlins 3-1
Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Kim (1-0) pitched four times for South Korea in the World
Baseball Classic and had been on the disabled list after straining
a hamstring on March 28 in his only spring training appearance for
the Rockies.

"I just wanted to go out there and attack the hitters," Kim
said. "I threw a lot of strikes."

He allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings and walked
one, becoming the seventh starter used by the Rockies this season.
Kim, who threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes, had fanned eight
twice previously, the last against Arizona on Sept. 9 last year.

"He was able to get ahead in the count," the Rockies' Danny
Ardoin said. "He's going to get his strikeouts no matter what team
he is facing."

Scott Dohmann got four outs, escaping a key jam in the eighth,
and Jose Mesa completed the five-hitter for his first save in three
chances. The Rockies matched their season high with their fourth
straight win and swept the Marlins in Florida for the first time.

"There's some significance to everything we're doing," Rockies
manager Clint Hurdle said. "When it's the first time things are
happening, these are blocks you can build on. We had a big

Florida has lost six of seven and was swept in a series for the
second time this season. Sergio Mitre (1-3) allowed two runs -- one
earned -- and seven hits in seven innings. The Marlins have lost 11
games by two runs or fewer.

"Losing these one- and two-run ballgames gets old fast," Mitre
said. "We're right there in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. We
need to find a way to win those games."

The last-place Marlins finished April 6-16 for a .273 winning
percentage, the third-worst in club history behind 1995's .200
(1-4) and 1999's .261 (6-17).

Florida batters struck out 12 times and have fanned 135 times in
their last 13 games.

"We need a win," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.

Colorado went ahead in the second when Garrett Atkins reached on
a throwing error by third baseman Miguel Cabrera and scored on
singles by Brad Hawpe and Jason Smith -- who improved to 7-for-15
with runners in scoring position.

Clint Barmes had a run-scoring single in the third after Cory
Sullivan led off with his fourth triple of the season.

Alfredo Amezaga's RBI single cut the lead in half in the third,
and the Marlins had a chance to tie it in the seventh, when Mike
Jacobs doubled leading off and Miguel Olivo hit a one-out infield
single and took second on Atkins' throwing error at third.

Kim struck out pinch-hitter Wes Helms, and Dohmann relieved and
fanned pinch-hitter Matt Cepicky.

"They were giving us a run and we weren't able to put it in
play," Girardi said. "The bottom line is we came up short."

Luis Gonzalez homered off Matt Herges in the ninth.

"We had another close game going into the last inning,"
Gonzalez said. "Another run made it a lot better."

Game notes
Sullivan has a hit in nine of his past 10 games. ... Mitre
was to have started Friday but took two extra days to allow an
injured toe to heal. ... Colorado sent RHP Miguel Asencio to
Triple-A Colorado Springs.