Split Secured With 5-1 Win, Fish Eye Series Win Saturday
The biggest pitching story of the day was supposed to be recovering phenom Jose Fernandez‘s performance in his second rehab start. The only problem with that was no one told Jose Urena, who carried a shutout into the 7th inning en route to his first MLB win.
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With three consecutive quality starts under his belt, the prized right-handed prospect might prove difficult to dislodge from the rotation as original members work their way back from injury over the coming month. But for tonight, the Miami Marlins can savor a 5-1 victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies that was far closer than the score would indicate.
The game’s first run wasn’t pushed across until the bottom of the fourth, thanks to a Christian Yelich stolen base and a Marcell Ozuna RBI single; that single was originally scored as a two-run homer, but was overturned on review.
Miami would score again two innings later thanks to Martin Prado‘s 4th home run of the year, a solo shot that extended the lead to 2-0. Rockies’ oft inured superstar Carlos Gonzalez would answer back with a solo shot of his own to cut the deficit back down to a single run in the top of the 7th. The blast broke a string of six scoreless- and even more remarkably six walkless- innings for Urena. One out later, and the rookie’s night was over.
Colorado SP Kyle Kendrick would also fail to make it out of the inning, as he ran into trouble when he allowed MLB batting average leader Dee Gordon to reach on an infield single before promptly stealing his 21st base of the year.
The pitcher’s duel had been entrusted to the bullpens. While both squads were up to the task of bailing their starters out of the 7th, Colorado would fall short in the bottom of the 8th.
After allowing two walks to Giancarlo Stanton (2 for 3) and Justin Bour (1 for 3), rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto drilled a three-run homer to left to give the Marlins their first comfortable lead of the contest.
A.J. Ramos pitched the 9th anyway in a non-save situation to secure the 5-1 victory.
- The win secures at least a split with the Rockies in this four game set, and ensures a season series victory due to last weekend’s efforts in Denver.
- This was only the fourth time this season the Marlins put up two or more home runs in a contest without at least one of them being clubbed by the MLB leader in Stanton.
- Every Marlins position player had a hit except for Adeiny Hechavarria.
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