Sam Gaviglio's experience in the minor leagues helped him get his first win in the majors.
Colorado closed out four straight games against the Mariners in interleague play by jumping on Yovani Gallardo (2-6) with four runs in the second inning. His time there helped him in the thin air at Colorado.
There's no shortage of pressure on the day's starting pitcher when your team has lost three straight games. "A lot of high-altitude parks". He's been struggling with his command (five walks last time out) and with the gopher ball (multiple home runs allowed in each of his last two home starts).
The Mariners scored in the seventh off Rockies reliever Chris Rusin and brought the potential tying run to the plate.
Manager Scott Servais, at this point, is trying to spot Cishek exclusively into right-on-right matchups, which have been a strength throughout his eight-year career.
It was three years ago - June 1, 2014 - that lefty Roenis Elias became the first Mariners rookie to pitch a complete-game shutout in almost 15 years in a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field.
Gerardo Parra followed with a double that hopped the wall before moving to third on an Ian Desmond sacrifice. Tyler Chatwood labored through 4 2-3 innings in taking the loss.
"I've got to keep working", he said, "and whatever I have to do, I have to figure it out, and I have to figure it out as soon as I can. I felt pretty good all the way through".
Left-hander Kyle Freeland (6-3) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Rockies moved to 34-22 on the season and have taken a momentary lead in the NL West which will hold if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose tonight.
Colorado added an insurance run in the fifth on another RBI single from Parra who is fourth on the team in that category with 27.
Servais may have sounded more concerned about Cruz's injury. We're hopeful it's not a broken bone (on Cruz), but we don't know yet on that. He has been out since May 3. RHP Felix Hernandez (right shoulder inflammation) and RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (right shoulder inflammation), each on the 10-day DL, each looked good in recent bullpen sessions. He has missed a month with the injury.
"That was a bomb", Rockies manager Bud Black said.
"I feel that with every few days", he said, "the ball is just coming out a little livelier than it was when I first came back". "My manager was catching me".
After five ineffective appearances on an April rehab assignment, Cishek took two weeks off to refine things before trying again.
The Mariners have tested their depth early this season. The Rockies have matched their longest skid of the year, heading into their afternoon affair in Seattle today, dropping each of their last three games.
"It's a great challenge". "It's unheard of at this time of the season". Colorado is in a bit of a funk, but they have shown they are a good team, especially on the road.
Kyle Freeland did his part, getting another quality start and bettering his rookie-best ERA to earn the win while the Rockies All-Star candidates did their part to carry the offensive load.