The Colorado Rockies are trying to avoid matching their lowest point of the season.
The Oakland Athletics are already there.
Colorado will try to end a five-game skid - and a seven-game home losing streak in interleague play - Tuesday night when it faces the last-place A's.
Since a 7-1 run May 28-June 4, the Rockies (24-35) have gone winless to fall well off the Los Angeles Dodgers' pace in the NL West. Colorado begins this three-game set after getting swept by the visiting Los Angeles Angels over the weekend.
"This is tough to take when you see the kind of effort that is given every single day," manager Jim Tracy told the Rockies' official website following Sunday's 10-8 loss. "In order for use to stay true to the way we left spring training, we're going to go out there and whatever circumstances show up, we have to defeat those circumstances."
The Rockies, who have been 12 games below .500 twice this season, need some better pitching. Colorado's major league-worst ERA is 5.31...