Caleb Smith earns 1st career win as Marlins beat Rockies 3-0

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith glanced down at the newly acquired game ball and lineup card in his postgame locker and ranked them No. 1 among all his souvenirs.

''For now,'' he said with a grin.

The way Smith is pitching lately, there may be more memorabilia ahead.

He delivered his second consecutive impressive start Sunday, allowing two hits in seven innings for his first career victory, and the Marlins took the rubber game of their low-scoring series against Colorado, winning 3-0.

''It feels amazing,'' Smith said. ''I can't put it into words.''

Smith (1-3) struck out nine and walked one in the longest outing of his career. In the past two starts he has 19 strikeouts and one walk in 13 innings while lowering his ERA from 6.89 to 4.40.

Two relievers completed a four-hitter. Drew Steckenrider struck out the side in the eighth, and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his third save.

Chad Bettis (3-1) went seven innings and allowed two runs, including Miguel Rojas' solo homer .

The Marlins outscored Colorado 7-2 in the series, and the Rockies totaled 15 hits in three games.

''I don't think it's time to panic, by any means,'' Bettis said. ''We can bang it out with the best of them.''

Miami's starting pitchers were dismal at the outset of the season, but they've held opponents to less than three runs in seven consecutive games.

The rotation is benefiting from reinforcements. Wei-Yin Chen came off the disabled list Saturday to win in his first start since May 1, and Dan Straily is scheduled to return from the DL to make his season debut Monday against Philadelphia.

The Marlins (9-18) won for the fourth time in five games to hike their winning percentage to a lofty .333.

''Early in the season, we were finding a way to lose,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''To put a couple of series in a row together, that's the only way we're going to ever get marching down the road toward respectability.''

The Rockies lead the NL in homers, but their lineup included five players batting under .200, and it showed against Smith.

''We just couldn't get to him,'' manager Bud Black said. ''He was pitching with a lot of confidence, even as the game went on.''

The Rockies fell to 7-17 all-time at Marlins Park with a batting average of .215.

TRANSFORMATION

Smith's breakthrough victory came in his 15th career appearance, including eight starts. Acquired from the New York Yankees in a November trade, Smith struggled with his control early in the season.

''He would go to his bullpens and throw strikes all day long,'' Mattingly said. ''So we knew there was something going on between the bullpens and the games. It was really just a matter of attacking the strike zone.''

Mattingly and his staff stressed to Smith that opponents had a high swing-and-miss rate against him.

''They told me that, and everything started clicking,'' Smith said. ''I was beating myself the first four starts. Now I feel super confident. It's night and day.''

SUDDENLY A SLUGGER

Rojas hit his fourth homer in the fourth to make it 2-0. He previously had never hit more than one in a season.

''I'm trying to get a hit every day - one at least,'' he said. ''If it's a homer, I'll take it. But I just want to get on base.''

CLEAR SKIES

On a sunny, 81-degree afternoon, the retractable roof at Marlins Park was open for the 12th time this year. The record for a season is 14, and the Marlins have three games left in their homestand.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu (right hamstring) was feeling better but held out for the second game in a row. ... LHP Chris Rusin (right intercostal strain) threw a bullpen session and is expected to be activated during next weekend's series at the Mets.

Marlins: 1B Justin Bour (back spasms) was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (1-3, 4.33) is scheduled to start Monday at Wrigley Field against Cubs LHP Jon Lester (2-1, 3.29).

Marlins: Straily (0-0, 0.00), who has been sidelined with forearm tightness, is scheduled to pitch Monday against Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (3-0, 1.82).

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  • W: C. Smith (1-3)L: C. Bettis (3-1)S: B. Ziegler (3)
  • HR: MIA - M. Rojas (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40100000.280.356.602.9581.0
I. Desmond 1B30100121.188.240.354.5950.0
N. Arenado 3B40100013.313.414.530.9440.5
T. Story SS40000013.243.331.476.806-0.5
D. Dahl LF-RF30000031.273.360.455.815-1.5
N. Cuevas RF20000010.143.200.143.343-0.5
a- G. Parra PH-LF10100000.234.298.312.6091.0
P. Valaika 2B30000021.100.135.160.295-1.0
T. Wolters C30000011.139.256.139.395-0.5
C. Bettis P20000020.071.071.071.143-1.0
b- R. McMahon PH10000011.180.317.200.517-0.5
B. Shaw P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-singled for Cuevas in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Bettis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Realmuto 1B30100110.351.429.6761.1041.5
D. Dietrich LF40000034.241.286.357.643-1.5
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B30010001.292.345.330.6751.0
B. Anderson 3B41100002.245.362.327.6892.0
C. Maybin RF-LF20000101.225.341.310.6510.0
M. Rojas SS31111012.233.288.379.6675.5
L. Brinson CF30110000.163.230.283.5132.0
B. Holaday C21000101.171.256.200.4562.0
C. Smith P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Shuck PH-RF10100000.250.302.300.6021.0
  • a-hit a bunt single for Steckenrider in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Rojas (4)
  • SF - S. Castro (3)
  • RBI - S. Castro (9), M. Rojas (8), L. Brinson (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (5), L. Brinson
BASERUNNING
  • CS - I. Desmond
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Maybin (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis (L, 3-1)7.04221512.431.0514.5
B. Shaw1.01112106.751.77-0.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis (L, 3-1)7.0
B. Shaw1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 1-3)7.02001904.401.2632.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 5)1.01000301.320.883.5
B. Ziegler (S, 3)1.01000207.711.6310.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 1-3)7.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 5)1.0
B. Ziegler (S, 3)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 106-70, B. Shaw 22-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 7-8
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 25, B. Shaw 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 91-61, D. Steckenrider 16-13, B. Ziegler 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-8, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 23, D. Steckenrider 4, B. Ziegler 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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COL15-14
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MIA9-18
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40100000.280.356.602.9581.0
I. Desmond 1B30100121.188.240.354.5950.0
N. Arenado 3B40100013.313.414.530.9440.5
T. Story SS40000013.243.331.476.806-0.5
D. Dahl LF-RF30000031.273.360.455.815-1.5
N. Cuevas RF20000010.143.200.143.343-0.5
a- G. Parra PH-LF10100000.234.298.312.6091.0
P. Valaika 2B30000021.100.135.160.295-1.0
T. Wolters C30000011.139.256.139.395-0.5
C. Bettis P20000020.071.071.071.143-1.0
b- R. McMahon PH10000011.180.317.200.517-0.5
B. Shaw P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total30040011411-----
HITTERSAB
C. Blackmon CF4
I. Desmond 1B3
N. Arenado 3B4
T. Story SS4
D. Dahl LF-RF3
N. Cuevas RF2
a- G. Parra PH-LF1
P. Valaika 2B3
T. Wolters C3
C. Bettis P2
b- R. McMahon PH1
B. Shaw P0
Total30
  • a-singled for Cuevas in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Bettis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Realmuto 1B30100110.351.429.6761.1041.5
D. Dietrich LF40000034.241.286.357.643-1.5
B. Ziegler P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B30010001.292.345.330.6751.0
B. Anderson 3B41100002.245.362.327.6892.0
C. Maybin RF-LF20000101.225.341.310.6510.0
M. Rojas SS31111012.233.288.379.6675.5
L. Brinson CF30110000.163.230.283.5132.0
B. Holaday C21000101.171.256.200.4562.0
C. Smith P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Steckenrider P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Shuck PH-RF10100000.250.302.300.6021.0
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  • a-hit a bunt single for Steckenrider in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Rojas (4)
  • SF - S. Castro (3)
  • RBI - S. Castro (9), M. Rojas (8), L. Brinson (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Rojas (5), L. Brinson
BASERUNNING
  • CS - I. Desmond
BASERUNNING
  • CS - C. Maybin (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis (L, 3-1)7.04221512.431.0514.5
B. Shaw1.01112106.751.77-0.5
Total8.0533361---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis (L, 3-1)7.0
B. Shaw1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (W, 1-3)7.02001904.401.2632.5
D. Steckenrider (H, 5)1.01000301.320.883.5
B. Ziegler (S, 3)1.01000207.711.6310.0
Total9.04001140---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (W, 1-3)7.0
D. Steckenrider (H, 5)1.0
B. Ziegler (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 106-70, B. Shaw 22-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 7-8
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 25, B. Shaw 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 91-61, D. Steckenrider 16-13, B. Ziegler 16-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 3-8, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 23, D. Steckenrider 4, B. Ziegler 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Castro hit sacrifice fly to right, Holaday scored, Shuck to third, Realmuto to second03
  • 4TH INNING
    Rojas homered to left02
  • 2ND INNING
    Brinson singled to right, Anderson scored, Brinson to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Ziegler pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado singled to right
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Drew Steckenrider relieved Caleb Smith
    • Gerardo Parra hit for Noel Cuevas
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Parra singled to shallow right center
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
    • Ryan McMahon hit for Chad Bettis
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Bryan Shaw pitching
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holaday walked
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Drew Steckenrider
    • J. Shuck: Shuck reached on bunt single to pitcher, Holaday to second
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked, Holaday to third, Shuck to second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro hit sacrifice fly to right, Holaday scored, Shuck to third, Realmuto to second
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Anderson popped out to second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Desmond walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Arenado flied out to right
    • T. Story: Foul, Strike swinging, Story reached on fielder's choice to second, Desmond out at second
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maybin walked
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Maybin caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Foul, Brinson lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
    • C. Bettis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson fouled out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • N. Cuevas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cuevas struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Valaika struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Holaday: Holaday grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to catcher
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon singled to left
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Arenado flied out to center
    • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Story flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson flied out to left
    • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Maybin popped out to second
    • M. Rojas: Rojas homered to left
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Brinson flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Strike looking, Valaika lined out to left
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wolters lined out to left
    • C. Bettis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • C. Smith: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto singled to right
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Dietrich flied out to left
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Castro grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • T. Story: Story flied out to left
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
    • N. Cuevas: Cuevas popped out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Anderson singled to center
    • C. Maybin: Foul, Ball, Foul, Maybin lined out to left
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to third, Anderson to second
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Brinson singled to right, Anderson scored, Brinson to second
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holaday flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon flied out to left
    • I. Desmond: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Desmond singled to center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Realmuto grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)