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COL@CIN: Nicasio hurls six solid frames for Rockies

The last time the Rockies took the field at Fenway Park, everything went Boston's way.

Of course, that was six years ago, in a series with a bit more significance than the clubs' impending clash in New England.

In the 2007 World Series, the Red Sox claimed the first two contests, 13-1 and 2-1, at Fenway before proceeding to sweep Colorado.

Few players remain on the respective rosters from that series. In '07, Juan Nicasio -- the Rockies' starter for Tuesday's series opener -- was pitching for the organization's Rookie-level team in Casper, Wyo.

This season, the right-hander has compiled a 4-3 record and 4.78 ERA. The Rockies are waiting on the 26-year-old, who is seeking his first win since May 19, to blossom into a front-of-the-rotation starter.

"He's close to turning the corner," said pitching coach Jim Wright. "Every outing that he has success early and loses that game has got to wear on him to the point that he understands what it takes to get through those innings and win the game. He's on the verge of it.

"It's the difference between learning how to win the game versus pitching not to lose the game. Sometimes you're careful not to lose the lead instead of pouring on what you've been doing to get the lead."

Nicasio is averaging slightly more than five innings per start. He has yet to pitch into the seventh inning.

"He has to learn how to put a team down and not let them win the game," Wright said. "It's time for him to address it and fix it."

Nicasio will need to be on top of his game, considering how Ryan Dempster, his opposition on Tuesday, has dealt lately.

Dempster has submitted five consecutive quality starts, logging a 3.48 ERA during that stretch. He only has a 2-3 record to show for it, however. The Red Sox have totaled only three runs in the three defeats, compared to 27 runs in the two victories.

Rockies: Cuddyer streaking
Michael Cuddyer's simple approach has helped him become one of the most successful hitters in the National League. Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a home run in his first at-bat Sunday in Washington. The streak is the longest active streak in the Majors and has now eclipsed David Freese's run earlier this year for the longest in baseball this season. Cuddyer also had reached base in a club-record 40 straight games.

Red Sox: Morales to get exam
Franklin Morales will undergo an exam on his ailing left shoulder on Monday. The southpaw departed Saturday's loss to Detroit with discomfort in the area. The Red Sox have opted not to make a roster move until they know the extent of the injury. Morales is 2-0 with a 7.30 ERA in six appearances this season.

Worth noting 
• The Rockies and Red Sox last met in 2010, when Colorado took two of three from Boston at Coors Field. Comments