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Parra, Montero not in lineup, but come off bench

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DENVER -- Gerardo Parra missed his first inning of play on Saturday as manager Kirk Gibson finally found a day to rest him.

"He's been going hard, and we've got 16 [games] in a row again, so kind of going through the lineup and try to get guys off," Gibson said of the decision to sit his leadoff-hitting left fielder. [Martin] Prado's been another guy. I don't know if it's going to come any time soon. His versatility's very important to the team right now."

Catcher Miguel Montero, who had played in every game (not all starts) entering Saturday, was also not in the starting lineup in favor of Wil Nieves. Shortstop Cliff Pennington and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have started every game so far.

However, Parra was forced into action in the seventh, replacing Cody Ross in right field after Ross was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Montero pinch-hit in the ninth, delivering an RBI groundout.

"Altitude, travel, playing a lot of games in a row, you have to be sensitive to what's going on there," Gibson said of the decision to give Montero a break. "He got pounded the other day with a foul tip in the middle of his legs -- really black. He had about three or four of them there in that Yankee game."

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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