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MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - INSIDE PITCH
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies concluded their home season with their first ever four-game sweep of Arizona, beating the Diamondbacks 8-3.
Coors Field, winning 13 of their final 15 games there for a final home record of 44-36. That is exactly the same as their 2013 home record and is not good enough, considering the Rockies' have historically struggled on the road.
They have been downright awful on the road this season, going 20-55 -- with three games remaining at both San Diego and Los Angeles -- and winning just four of 30 games on the road since the All-Star break.
The Rockies need to win five of six games on the road to tie the worst road record in franchise history -- 25-56 in 2003.
Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies must win "a minimum of 50 games" at Coors Field "to even be in the conversation for the division" title and ideally is looking "52 to 53" wins at Coors Field with a record approaching .500 on the road.
When the Rockies went to the postseason in 2007, they went 51-31 at Coors Field. They went 52-29 there in 2009 when they also went to the playoffs and 52-29 in 2010 when they finished with 83 wins and finished third, nine games behind due to a 31-50 road record.
"The opposing pitcher, for the most part, feels vulnerable here," Weiss said. "That's one of the biggest advantages for us offensively...They don't like to pitch here, and we've got to be able to take advantage of that.
"We've got to be playing at the highest level here for the span of six months to be a playoff team."
MLB Team Report - Colorado Rockies - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won six
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--1B Justin Morneau got a scheduled day off as manager Walt Weiss planned to play him in three of four games in the series. Morneau is hitting .318 and in a tie for the lead in the National League batting race with Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison, who went 2-for-4 Sunday to raise his average one point to .318. Morneau finished the season with a .327 (87-for-266) average at Coors Field. He is hitting .308 (68-for-221) on the road and will complete the season at San Diego's Petco Park and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
--RF Michael Cuddyer led off the seventh with his 10th homer, an opposite-field shot to right-center that went an estimated 424 feet. Cuddyer, who has missed 99 games while on the disabled list three times this season, has just 171 at-bats this year. But he has reached double figures in home runs for the eighth time in nine seasons.
--LF Corey Dickerson batted first for the eighth time this season and went 0-for-5, hitting into a double play and striking out twice. Dickerson, who is batting .308, nonetheless finished the season at Coors Field batting .363 (85-for-234) where he hit 15 of his team-leading 24 home runs.
--C Wilin Rosario went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and three runs scored. He has scored at least one run in six consecutive games, matching a career-best streak from Sept. 9-15, 2012. Since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 7, Rosario has hit .462 (18-for-39) with five doubles, two homers, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.