Chen wins first start in nearly a year beating Rockies 4-1

MIAMI (AP) Wei-Yin Chen has waited a long time to get back on the mound in a major league game.

He looked right at home.

Chen pitched into the sixth inning in his first start in nearly a year and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Saturday night.

''It's been a long time I've had a long pitch count and pitched these many innings so when I went got out there, I didn't want to think too much,'' Chen said through a translator. ''I just wanted to deal with this hitter and how I get this out. I didn't think about anything else.''

Chen (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two in his first game since last May 1 against Tampa Bay due to an elbow strain.

''I feel happy and excited,'' Chen said. ''It's a long process the whole injury and rehab. But during the process I got a lot of support by others on the team, staff, including trainers and coaches. Today I was happy and thankful for everyone who has helped me. If I keep working hard, I'll get better and better.''

Derek Dietrich homered and drove in two runs for the Marlins, and Martin Prado had three hits and two RBIs in his second game of the season after returning from a hamstring injury. Miami has won three of four.

''Just to show everyone that I'm healthy and I'm here to not just to perform, but show them I have respect,'' Prado said. ''To be able to contribute to win the game it's huge for me.''

Kyle Barraclough pitched the ninth for his first save of the season getting the nod over struggling closer Brad Ziegler.

''Ziegler was not 100 percent today,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. ''He could have went. I trust all those guys out there. It was just a night when he was not feeling 100 percent. I knew it was a situation where the other guys were. I just really want to go with the guys who are 100 percent.''

Charlie Blackmon hit his ninth home run of the season for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game winning streak.

Colorado starter German Marquez (1-3) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, throwing a career-high 113 pitches.

''A lot of times this day in age you go six innings and give up three, a lot of times that's thought of to be a really good outing,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Chen started his night striking out Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and Trevor Story in the first inning.

''I myself was surprised, too,'' Chen said. ''All I did there was try to attack hitters. It turns out I got three strikeouts so that was a pretty good start.''

Chen primarily relied on his 90-91 mph fastball throughout his outing.

''The fastball was a little sneaky,'' Black said. ''Sneaky velocity.''

The Marlins backed Chen with run support with Prado knocking in a run in the first and third innings. Dietrich's base hit in the fourth extended the lead to 3-0.

''From the beginning I was a little excited,'' Marquez said. ''My tempo was really fast and then I was calmed down so I think that was an adjustment.''

Blackmon got the Rockies on the scoreboard with his homer to deep right-center field in the sixth.

''It looked like (Chen) ran out of gas a bit,'' Mattingly said. ''I thought he was very good.''

Dietrich, Blackmon's former roommate at Georgia Tech, homered in the seventh to push Miami's lead to 4-1.

MARLINS' ROTATION CLICKING

Miami starting pitchers have held opponents to two-or-fewer runs in six consecutive games going 1-2 with a 1.57 ERA in that span. It is the longest such streak since May 27-June 1, 2017.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson left Friday's start early with a heartbeat issue, but Black says, ''Tyler is fine. He checked out well last night through the doctors here at the stadium, a clean bill of health. He's fine today. I say this often, I'm not a doctor so I don't know what happened, but I'm glad that he's feeling better.'' ... 2B DJ LeMahieu (right hamstring) was held out of the lineup after leaving Friday's game early and is considered day-to-day. ... OF Carlos Gonzalez (right hamstring) is eligible to return from the disabled list on Sunday and Black is optimistic he will be able to return soon.

Marlins: 1B Justin Bour was a late scratch from the lineup due to back spasms, which acted up during batting practice. ... RHP Dan Straily (forearm) is expected to make his season debut Monday starting against Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (3-0, 2.40 ERA) is scheduled to start the series finale. The Rockies are 4-1 this season in his starts.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (0-3, 5.82) had his start pushed back a day for Chen.

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  • W: W. Chen (1-0)L: G. Marquez (1-3)S: K. Barraclough (1)
  • HR: COL - C. Blackmon (9), MIA - D. Dietrich (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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N. Arenado 3B30000113.316.421.544.9650.5
T. Story SS40100013.253.342.495.8370.5
C. Iannetta C30000122.214.304.343.6470.0
G. Parra LF40000014.224.289.303.592-0.5
N. Cuevas RF30000000.167.231.167.3970.0
a- D. Dahl PH00000000.316.409.526.9351.0
P. Valaika 2B40100011.106.143.170.3131.5
G. Marquez P20000001.444.444.444.8890.0
b- R. McMahon PH10000010.184.322.204.526-0.5
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-hit by pitch for Cuevas in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Marquez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich 1B41221011.250.296.370.6667.5
J. Realmuto C31100110.353.421.7061.1274.5
S. Castro 2B31100103.301.357.340.6963.0
B. Anderson RF40100011.245.366.330.6960.5
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K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Prado 3B40220012.250.250.375.6254.5
J. Shuck LF-RF40000014.231.286.282.568-0.5
M. Rojas SS40000001.230.287.350.6370.0
L. Brinson CF31100111.157.227.281.5083.5
W. Chen P20000003.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- Y. Rivera PH10000010.105.190.105.296-0.5
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Maybin LF00000000.232.341.319.6600.0
  • a-struck out for Wittgren in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Desmond (4), P. Valaika (3)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (9)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Prado, L. Brinson (2)
  • HR - D. Dietrich (3)
  • RBI - D. Dietrich 2 (8), M. Prado 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Prado
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Desmond (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Realmuto
FIELDING
  • E - G. Parra, T. Story (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (L, 1-3)6.06323605.461.578.0
M. Dunn1.011100110.572.091.0
B. Pounders1.01000100.001.002.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (L, 1-3)6.0
M. Dunn1.0
B. Pounders1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (W, 1-0)5.14112311.691.1316.5
N. Wittgren (H, 2)0.20000101.801.800.5
T. Guerrero (H, 3)1.00000104.731.583.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 4)1.00000001.420.873.0
K. Barraclough (S, 1)1.00000303.091.2011.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (W, 1-0)5.1
N. Wittgren (H, 2)0.2
T. Guerrero (H, 3)1.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 4)1.0
K. Barraclough (S, 1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 113-70, M. Dunn 14-9, B. Pounders 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 6-6, M. Dunn 2-1, B. Pounders 2-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 27, M. Dunn 4, B. Pounders 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Chen, D. Steckenrider (2), K. Barraclough
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 68-43, N. Wittgren 10-7, T. Guerrero 8-6, D. Steckenrider 16-10, K. Barraclough 21-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 5-7, T. Guerrero 2-0, D. Steckenrider 2-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, N. Wittgren 2, T. Guerrero 3, D. Steckenrider 4, K. Barraclough 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF41111011.281.360.618.9785.5
I. Desmond 1B20100001.183.230.355.5856.0
N. Arenado 3B30000113.316.421.544.9650.5
T. Story SS40100013.253.342.495.8370.5
C. Iannetta C30000122.214.304.343.6470.0
G. Parra LF40000014.224.289.303.592-0.5
N. Cuevas RF30000000.167.231.167.3970.0
a- D. Dahl PH00000000.316.409.526.9351.0
P. Valaika 2B40100011.106.143.170.3131.5
G. Marquez P20000001.444.444.444.8890.0
b- R. McMahon PH10000010.184.322.204.526-0.5
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Pounders P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-hit by pitch for Cuevas in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Marquez in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich 1B41221011.250.296.370.6667.5
J. Realmuto C31100110.353.421.7061.1274.5
S. Castro 2B31100103.301.357.340.6963.0
B. Anderson RF40100011.245.366.330.6960.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
M. Prado 3B40220012.250.250.375.6254.5
J. Shuck LF-RF40000014.231.286.282.568-0.5
M. Rojas SS40000001.230.287.350.6370.0
L. Brinson CF31100111.157.227.281.5083.5
W. Chen P20000003.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Wittgren P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- Y. Rivera PH10000010.105.190.105.296-0.5
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Maybin LF00000000.232.341.319.6600.0
Total3248413716-----
  • a-struck out for Wittgren in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - I. Desmond (4), P. Valaika (3)
  • HR - C. Blackmon (9)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (16)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Prado, L. Brinson (2)
  • HR - D. Dietrich (3)
  • RBI - D. Dietrich 2 (8), M. Prado 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Prado
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Desmond (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Realmuto
FIELDING
  • E - G. Parra, T. Story (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Marquez (L, 1-3)6.06323605.461.578.0
M. Dunn1.011100110.572.091.0
B. Pounders1.01000100.001.002.5
Total8.0843371---
PITCHERSIP
G. Marquez (L, 1-3)6.0
M. Dunn1.0
B. Pounders1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Chen (W, 1-0)5.14112311.691.1316.5
N. Wittgren (H, 2)0.20000101.801.800.5
T. Guerrero (H, 3)1.00000104.731.583.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 4)1.00000001.420.873.0
K. Barraclough (S, 1)1.00000303.091.2011.5
Total9.0411281---
PITCHERSIP
W. Chen (W, 1-0)5.1
N. Wittgren (H, 2)0.2
T. Guerrero (H, 3)1.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 4)1.0
K. Barraclough (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Marquez 113-70, M. Dunn 14-9, B. Pounders 16-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Marquez 6-6, M. Dunn 2-1, B. Pounders 2-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Marquez 27, M. Dunn 4, B. Pounders 4
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Chen, D. Steckenrider (2), K. Barraclough
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Chen 68-43, N. Wittgren 10-7, T. Guerrero 8-6, D. Steckenrider 16-10, K. Barraclough 21-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Chen 5-7, T. Guerrero 2-0, D. Steckenrider 2-1
  • Batters Faced - W. Chen 22, N. Wittgren 2, T. Guerrero 3, D. Steckenrider 4, K. Barraclough 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Dietrich homered to right center14
  • 6TH INNING
    Blackmon homered to right center13
  • 4TH INNING
    Dietrich singled to right, Brinson scored, Chen to second03
  • 3RD INNING
    Prado doubled to deep right, Castro scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Prado reached on fielder's choice to second, Realmuto scored, Castro to third, Anderson out at second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Drew Steckenrider
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • David Dahl hit for Noel Cuevas
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dahl hit by pitch
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Drew Steckenrider pitching
    • Cameron Maybin in left
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Desmond hit by pitch
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Desmond out at second
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Story lined out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brooks Pounders relieved Mike Dunn
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado singled to center
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Shuck struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas grounded out to pitcher, Prado to second
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero pitching
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cuevas grounded out to first
    • P. Valaika: Valaika grounded out to third
    • Ryan McMahon hit for German Marquez
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Dunn pitching
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Foul, Dietrich homered to right center
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto flied out to left
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon homered to right center
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond doubled to deep left
    • N. Arenado: Arenado popped out to shortstop
    • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Story singled to left, Desmond to third
    • Nick Wittgren relieved Wei-Yin Chen
    • C. Iannetta: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Iannetta struck out on foul tip
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Parra lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas lined out to right
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Yadiel Rivera hit for Nick Wittgren
    • Y. Rivera: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Cuevas flied out to deep left
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball, Valaika flied out to deep right
    • G. Marquez: Strike looking, Marquez grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Anderson struck out looking
    • M. Prado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Prado struck out swinging
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Shuck flied out to deep left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • T. Story: Story flied out to right
    • C. Iannetta: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Iannetta walked, Arenado to second
    • G. Parra: Parra grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Iannetta out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas safe at first on shortstop Story fielding error
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Brinson walked, Rojas to second
    • W. Chen: Foul, Chen reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rojas out at third, Brinson to second
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dietrich singled to right, Brinson scored, Chen to second
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Realmuto singled to center, Chen to third, Dietrich to second
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Realmuto out at second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • P. Valaika: Valaika doubled to deep left
    • G. Marquez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marquez lined out to pitcher
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to second, Valaika to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Desmond grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to center, Castro to second on left fielder Parra fielding error
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson lined out to right
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Prado doubled to deep right, Castro scored
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Shuck fouled out to first
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Iannetta lined out to third
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra grounded out to third
    • N. Cuevas: Ball, Cuevas flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Rojas lined out to right
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Brinson doubled to left center
    • W. Chen: Chen grounded out to second, Brinson to third
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Chen Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Desmond hit by pitch
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Desmond stole second, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Story struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Marquez Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro walked
    • B. Anderson: Anderson singled to left, Realmuto to third, Castro to second
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Prado reached on fielder's choice to second, Realmuto scored, Castro to third, Anderson out at second
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Foul, Ball, Shuck lined out to center
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)