Alcantara wins first MLB start as Marlins beat Mets 8-2

MIAMI (AP) Sandy Alcantara was one of the key prospects the Miami Marlins acquired in their offseason overhaul, and he showed plenty of promise in his first career start.

The 22-year old right-hander made his much-anticipated Marlins debut and allowed just one run over five innings as the Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 8-2 on Friday night.

''It feels really good,'' Alcantara said. ''I'm super excited.''

Alcantara (1-0) struck out two and gave up five walks and three hits.

''A little bit wild, a little bit of trouble with the strike zone, but being able to get through five - he's still a work in progress,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

The 22-year old right-hander was the top prospect acquired in the offseason trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals. Alcantara made eight relief appearances for the Cardinals last season.

''(Alcantara) has a very promising future,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

JT Riddle hit a three-run homer and Lewis Brinson, who had three hits, also homered in a pivotal six-run third inning.

''JT able to hit that just kind of breaks it open from there and we're in pretty good shape,'' Mattingly said

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto returned to the lineup after missing four games with a hand injury. Realmuto went 1 of 4 with an RBI and also picked off a runner at second base.

''It's one of the reasons why he's the best catcher in all of baseball,'' Riddle said of Realmuto's pickoff. ''To do stuff like that, a lot of people don't do that and for a catcher to be able to do that defensively plus the way he swings the bat, it's very good.''

New York's Corey Oswalt (0-1) started in place of Jacob deGrom, who was scratched hours before the game to deal with a family matter. The Mets expect deGrom to start Saturday afternoon.

Oswalt looked nothing like deGrom, whose 1.69 ERA is the best in the majors. Oswalt allowed six hits and six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. All six of the runs Oswalt allowed came in the third inning.

''It didn't change anything,'' Oswalt said of the late notice. ''I went out there and tried to attack the zone. I just didn't make enough pitches today.''

Brinson led off the third with his 10th home run of the season. Realmuto and Starlin Castro followed with run-scoring singles before Riddle's three-run blast to right field gave the Marlins a 6-0 lead.

Devin Mesoraco had an RBI double for the Mets, who have lost nine of 10.

''We weren't really in this game tonight,'' Callaway said.

Cameron Maybin knocked in Brinson in the sixth to give the Marlins a 7-1 lead.

BRINSON A TRIPLE SHY OF CYCLE

Brinson recorded a single, double, and home run for his third game this month with at least three hits. He grounded into a double play in his fourth at-bat to foil his attempt for the cycle.

BAUTISTA AND FLORES MAKE IT 14 STRAIGHT

New York's Jose Bautista and Wilmer Flores each reached base each extending their streaks to 14 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: LHP Jason Vargas (calf) is expected to rejoin the rotation next week. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip) remained in Port St. Lucie, Florida, rather than joining the team for this series. Cespedes will continue to receive treatment and physical therapy.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (lat) will have season-ending surgery. Smith finishes his rookie season with a 5-6 record and 4.19 ERA with 88 strikeouts.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-3, 1.69 ERA) is expected to return to the team and start the second game of the series.

Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez is slated to make his MLB debut.

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  • W: S. Alcantara (1-0)L: C. Oswalt (0-1)
  • HR: MIA - L. Brinson (10), J. Riddle (4)
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J. Bautista RF41200113.227.390.436.8264.5
A. Cabrera 2B50100015.283.325.477.8020.5
M. Conforto LF30000111.225.349.388.7370.5
W. Flores 1B31100102.259.324.443.7673.0
T. Frazier 3B30100102.219.305.373.6782.0
D. Mesoraco C30110002.222.313.410.7233.0
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T. Bashlor P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Plawecki C10000101.228.358.380.7381.0
  • a-struck out for Blevins in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Beck in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF21000202.292.349.473.8223.0
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B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Anderson RF41100012.292.369.409.7781.5
J. Realmuto C41110010.307.365.544.9092.5
J. Bour 1B40100012.240.366.427.7930.5
K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B42210011.276.324.388.7126.5
J. Riddle SS41231001.260.288.440.7289.0
M. Rojas 3B-1B30010001.245.303.348.6511.0
L. Brinson CF42311001.187.230.348.57810.0
S. Alcantara P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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a- C. Maybin PH-LF10110000.225.299.297.5962.0
  • a-singled for Rucinski in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bautista (11), D. Mesoraco (6)
  • RBI - D. Mesoraco (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Mesoraco (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Brinson (6)
  • HR - J. Riddle (4), L. Brinson (10)
  • SF - M. Rojas (3)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (33), S. Castro (31), J. Riddle 3 (14), M. Rojas (30), L. Brinson (30), C. Maybin (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Castro (6), J. Riddle 3 (5), C. Maybin (3)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - T. Frazier
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Castro (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Frazier-Cabrera-Flores; Rosario-Cabrera-Flores)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Castro-Riddle-Bour; Meyer-Riddle-Bour; Riddle-Castro-Bour)
  • E - J. Riddle
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Oswalt (L, 0-1)2.26662129.821.36-12.5
C. Beck0.10000004.351.550.0
T. Bashlor2.23110205.791.073.0
J. Blevins1.10000104.951.503.5
D. Smith1.02110003.002.000.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Oswalt (L, 0-1)2.2
C. Beck0.1
T. Bashlor2.2
J. Blevins1.1
D. Smith1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)5.03115201.801.6014.0
D. Rucinski1.01000104.261.112.5
B. Meyer1.02112103.381.25-1.5
B. Ziegler1.00001105.121.402.5
K. Barraclough1.01001201.020.762.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Oswalt 59-35, C. Beck 3-2, T. Bashlor 36-24, J. Blevins 19-11, D. Smith 12-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Oswalt 3-3, C. Beck 1-0, T. Bashlor 2-4, J. Blevins 1-2, D. Smith 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Oswalt 15, C. Beck, T. Bashlor 11, J. Blevins 4, D. Smith 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 98-50, D. Rucinski 15-8, B. Meyer 25-13, B. Ziegler 12-6, K. Barraclough 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 6-5, B. Meyer 1-0, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 21, D. Rucinski 4, B. Meyer 6, B. Ziegler 3, K. Barraclough 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bautista RF41200113.227.390.436.8264.5
A. Cabrera 2B50100015.283.325.477.8020.5
M. Conforto LF30000111.225.349.388.7370.5
W. Flores 1B31100102.259.324.443.7673.0
T. Frazier 3B30100102.219.305.373.6782.0
D. Mesoraco C30110002.222.313.410.7233.0
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  • a-struck out for Blevins in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Beck in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Dietrich LF21000202.292.349.473.8223.0
B. Meyer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Ziegler P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Y. Rivera 3B00000000.200.337.225.5620.0
B. Anderson RF41100012.292.369.409.7781.5
J. Realmuto C41110010.307.365.544.9092.5
J. Bour 1B40100012.240.366.427.7930.5
K. Barraclough P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
S. Castro 2B42210011.276.324.388.7126.5
J. Riddle SS41231001.260.288.440.7289.0
M. Rojas 3B-1B30010001.245.303.348.6511.0
L. Brinson CF42311001.187.230.348.57810.0
S. Alcantara P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Maybin PH-LF10110000.225.299.297.5962.0
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  • a-singled for Rucinski in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bautista (11), D. Mesoraco (6)
  • RBI - D. Mesoraco (19)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Mesoraco (6)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Brinson (6)
  • HR - J. Riddle (4), L. Brinson (10)
  • SF - M. Rojas (3)
  • RBI - J. Realmuto (33), S. Castro (31), J. Riddle 3 (14), M. Rojas (30), L. Brinson (30), C. Maybin (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Castro (6), J. Riddle 3 (5), C. Maybin (3)
BASERUNNING
  • Picked Off - T. Frazier
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Castro (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Frazier-Cabrera-Flores; Rosario-Cabrera-Flores)
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Castro-Riddle-Bour; Meyer-Riddle-Bour; Riddle-Castro-Bour)
  • E - J. Riddle
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Oswalt (L, 0-1)2.26662129.821.36-12.5
C. Beck0.10000004.351.550.0
T. Bashlor2.23110205.791.073.0
J. Blevins1.10000104.951.503.5
D. Smith1.02110003.002.000.0
Total8.01188242---
PITCHERSIP
C. Oswalt (L, 0-1)2.2
C. Beck0.1
T. Bashlor2.2
J. Blevins1.1
D. Smith1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)5.03115201.801.6014.0
D. Rucinski1.01000104.261.112.5
B. Meyer1.02112103.381.25-1.5
B. Ziegler1.00001105.121.402.5
K. Barraclough1.01001201.020.762.0
Total9.0722970---
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)5.0
D. Rucinski1.0
B. Meyer1.0
B. Ziegler1.0
K. Barraclough1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Oswalt 59-35, C. Beck 3-2, T. Bashlor 36-24, J. Blevins 19-11, D. Smith 12-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Oswalt 3-3, C. Beck 1-0, T. Bashlor 2-4, J. Blevins 1-2, D. Smith 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Oswalt 15, C. Beck, T. Bashlor 11, J. Blevins 4, D. Smith 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 98-50, D. Rucinski 15-8, B. Meyer 25-13, B. Ziegler 12-6, K. Barraclough 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 6-5, B. Meyer 1-0, B. Ziegler 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 21, D. Rucinski 4, B. Meyer 6, B. Ziegler 3, K. Barraclough 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Rojas hit sacrifice fly to left, Castro scored28
    Flores grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bautista scored, Cabrera to third, Conforto out at second27
  • 6TH INNING
    Maybin singled to center, Brinson scored17
  • 4TH INNING
    Mesoraco doubled to deep left, Flores scored, Mesoraco to third on shortstop Riddle fielding error16
  • 3RD INNING
    Riddle homered to right, Realmuto and Castro scored06
    Castro singled to center, Anderson scored, Realmuto to third03
    Realmuto singled to left, Dietrich scored, Anderson to second02
    Brinson homered to left01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough pitching
    • Yadiel Rivera at third base
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rosario walked
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki fouled out to first
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo singled to left, Rosario to second
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • B. Meyer Pitching:
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Bautista singled to left center
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to right center, Bautista to third
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto walked, Cabrera to second
    • Brad Ziegler relieved Ben Meyer
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Flores grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bautista scored, Cabrera to third, Conforto out at second
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
    • Jose Reyes hit for Jerry Blevins
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Smith pitching
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro singled to right
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle singled to shallow right, Castro to third
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rojas hit sacrifice fly to left, Castro scored
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Brinson grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Riddle out at second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ben Meyer pitching
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Nimmo grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Plawecki out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Blevins Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Realmuto flied out to deep center
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bour grounded out to second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Drew Rucinski relieved Sandy Alcantara
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Flores: Flores singled to right
    • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Frazier fouled out to first
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mesoraco flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bashlor Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle lined out to left
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas flied out to right
    • L. Brinson: Brinson doubled to left
    • Cameron Maybin hit for Drew Rucinski
    • C. Maybin: Maybin singled to center, Brinson scored
    • Jerry Blevins pitching
    • Kevin Plawecki catching
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dietrich popped out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Bautista out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Bashlor Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto struck out looking
    • J. Bour: Bour lined out to right
    • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores walked
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier flied out to deep center
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco doubled to deep left, Flores scored, Mesoraco to third on shortstop Riddle fielding error
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Rosario walked
    • Dominic Smith hit for Chris Beck
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Bashlor pitching
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brinson singled to right
    • S. Alcantara: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Alcantara reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Brinson out at second
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Dietrich flied out to left
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • C. Oswalt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Oswalt struck out swinging
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bautista doubled to left
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Oswalt Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Brinson homered to left
    • S. Alcantara: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alcantara grounded out to first
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Anderson singled to center, Dietrich to third
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Realmuto singled to left, Dietrich scored, Anderson to second
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to center, Anderson scored, Realmuto to third
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Strike looking, Castro stole second, Ball, Foul, Riddle homered to right, Realmuto and Castro scored
    • Chris Beck relieved Corey Oswalt
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Rojas grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flores flied out to shallow right
    • T. Frazier: Frazier singled to left
    • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Mesoraco popped out to third
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, Frazier to second
    • C. Oswalt: Ball, Strike looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Oswalt Pitching:
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bour singled to center
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to center
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Riddle popped out to shortstop
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rojas lined out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Bautista popped out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera flied out to left
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Conforto grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Oswalt Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Anderson grounded into double play third to second to first, Dietrich out at second
    • J. Realmuto: Realmuto grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)