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Parra collects 2 hits in return from suspension

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MIAMI -- Gerardo Parra returned to the Rockies' lineup in Friday's 1-0 win over the Marlins, hitting sixth and playing left field, having served his four-game suspension for his participation in the April 11 benches-clearing incident with the Padres at Coors Field.

Parra went 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk. He scored the only run of the game, coming home on a double by reliever Antonio Senzatela in the fifth inning at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- Gerardo Parra returned to the Rockies' lineup in Friday's 1-0 win over the Marlins, hitting sixth and playing left field, having served his four-game suspension for his participation in the April 11 benches-clearing incident with the Padres at Coors Field.

Parra went 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk. He scored the only run of the game, coming home on a double by reliever Antonio Senzatela in the fifth inning at Marlins Park.

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"He had two good swings," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "He got a little out front on a pitch and got a base hit, and then a good swing on the double. It's good to have him back. It's good to have 25 players."

Video: COL@MIA: Senzatela plates Parra with an RBI double

Parra had been working out at his offseason home in Miami, joining the team for the Rockies' three-game series at Marlins Park.

"We talk about that a lot," Black said of the potential for a balanced lineup. "With this group of players, we potentially should have a deep lineup. Even as far back as Spring Training, we project our team and we look at what we can do with some versatility and some matchups."

But despite a propensity to hit the long ball, the Rockies remain near the bottom of the National League in team batting average and on-base percentage -- 11th and 12th, respectively, in the NL entering the weekend series.

With proven veterans like Parra, Ian Desmond, and Chris Iannetta in the lower half of the order, the expectations are for more damage to be done at the plate.

"So when they get swinging, that's what we're looking for," Black said. "We'll see when Parra bounces back from his suspension how he jumps in the fold and see what he can do."

Video: COL@ARI: Parra connects for two-run homer to left

The anticipated return of Carlos Gonzalez should help round out a potentially potent lineup from top to bottom. The Rockies' right fielder is on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain he sustained on April 18, and he continues to make progress in his return to the cleanup spot.

"I think when the weather heats up, I think CarGo and some other guys, I think we'll see some better at-bats and more production," Black said.

In Gonzalez's absence, David Dahl has flashed moments of brilliance at the plate. He hit in the cleanup spot for the third time since being called up on Sunday. Black said he likes what he has seen from the left-handed hitter so far.

"I like the fact that we can go right/left/right/left, and we can go right/left again with [Trevor Story] and Parra, and then back to Dessy. I like that look," Black said. "I just think that behind [Nolan Arenado], with a right-handed starter, I like a left-handed bat -- and a left-handed bat that's productive. In a very small sample, I think David has given us some very good work."

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami.

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