Freeland goes 7 innings as Rockies beat Marlins 6-3

MIAMI (AP) Making his first opening day start, Kyle Freeland pitched like it was just another game, which means the Colorado Rockies won.

The left-hander allowed two hits and one run in seven innings, and Colorado beat the sloppy Miami Marlins 6-3 Thursday.

Freeland (1-0), who had a breakout 17-win season in 2018, retired his first 11 batters before Starlin Castro lined a single. The only other hit Freeland allowed was a pinch-hit home run by J.T Riddle leading off the sixth inning.

''I try to keep my mental state the same throughout the season,'' the left-hander said. ''I try not to change anything just because it's opening day and a new season. There's really no reason to.''

True enough. The Rockies have won 16 of Freeland's 18 regular-season starts since July 2, and he has won nine consecutive decisions, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

Miami had only four hits but had three home runs, including two by pinch-hitters for only the second time in franchise history. But the crowd was booing by the fourth inning, when the Rockies scored four times with the help of two errors.

Colorado's Nolan Arenado began earning his new $260 million, eight-year contract when he doubled to start the fourth and scored the first run off Jose Urena (0-1). Trevor Story homered , and David Dahl had three hits and scored twice.

''We feel like we're a long and deep lineup, and there are no easy outs,'' Story said.

Overall, it was the kind of start the Rockies had in mind as they seek their third consecutive trip to playoffs, and the first NL West title in franchise history.

One downer for Colorado: Charlie Blackmon and newcomer Daniel Murphy each went 0 for 5 at the top of the order.

The Rockies had a 6-0 lead by the fifth inning for Freeland, who struck out five and threw 93 pitches. He committed a throwing error but also made a nifty barehanded grab on the run to cover first for a 3-1 putout.

Manager Bud Black liked the way Freeland responded with men on base.

''He has the ability to make pitches at critical times,'' Black said. ''The fight in him is second to none.''

The Marlins are off to a 0-1 start for the fifth consecutive year, and despite a rebranding that includes new colors and a new logo, they could be headed for their 10th losing season in a row.

Neil Walker hit a pinch-hit homer in his first at-bat for Miami. Teammate Jorge Alfaro, another Marlins newcomer, homered with two out in the ninth.

COSTLY COMEBACKER

Dahl hit a line drive off Urena's left calf in the second inning, prompting a visit to the mound by Miami's trainer. Urena went on to allow six runs, four earned, in 4 2/3 innings.

''Jose hung in there,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''I think after he got hit, it took some wind out of his sails. You could see it as the game went on.''

Urena said the injury wasn't serious.

''It's going to be a little tender, a little bit tight, but I'll be fine,'' he said.

MARLINS LAPSES

Miami's defense turned leaky in the fourth, when shortstop Miguel Rojas made a wild throw to first and center fielder Lewis Brinson let a single elude him, allowing a runner to score from first.

Earlier, catcher Alfaro was slow to pursue a pitch that bounced away from him, which permitted a runner to advance.

''When you don't play a crisp game - we made some mistakes that led to runs,'' Mattingly said.

Derek Jeter, beginning his second season as the Marlins' CEO, watched the start of the game from the second row but was out of there by the fourth.

DIFFERENT LOOK

The game drew a crowd of 25,423 at Marlins Park, where the outfield wall is now navy instead of a garish green, and the widely disliked home run sculpture has been replaced by a tiered, standing-room-only area.

With rain in the area, the retractable roof was closed.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Before the game, they placed LHP Chris Rusin (mid-back strain) and RHP Antonio Senzatela (blister infection, right heel) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to March 25.

UP NEXT

RHP German Marquez (14-11, 3.77 in 2018) is scheduled to start Friday for the Rockies against RHP Trevor Richards (4-9, 4.42).

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  • W: K. Freeland (1-0)L: J. Urena (0-1)
  • HR: COL - T. Story (1), MIA - N. Walker (1), J. Alfaro (1), J. Riddle (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Arenado 3B51100000.200.200.400.6003.0
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D. Dahl LF42310011.750.7501.0001.7506.5
I. Desmond CF40110013.250.250.500.7502.5
R. McMahon 2B41110002.250.250.250.5003.0
C. Iannetta C30210110.667.7501.0001.7504.5
K. Freeland P20000121.000.333.000.3330.0
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S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Freeland in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Brinson CF40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Anderson 3B40000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
S. Castro 2B40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
G. Cooper RF40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Prado 1B40000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Alfaro C31111010.333.5001.3331.8336.5
M. Rojas SS30000102.000.250.000.2501.0
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T. Kinley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-homered for Guerrero in the 6th
  • b-homered for Brice in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado, D. Dahl, I. Desmond, C. Iannetta
  • HR - T. Story
  • RBI - T. Story, D. Dahl, I. Desmond, R. McMahon, C. Iannetta
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story, I. Desmond
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, D. Murphy, D. Dahl, R. McMahon 2 (2), R. Tapia
BATTING
  • HR - J. Alfaro, J. Riddle, N. Walker
  • RBI - J. Alfaro, J. Riddle, N. Walker
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper, R. Herrera 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • E - K. Freeland
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Cooper
  • DP - (Cooper-Anderson)
  • E - L. Brinson, M. Rojas
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 1-0)7.02111511.290.4329.5
S. Oberg1.01110119.001.001.5
S. Oh1.01110119.001.001.5
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 1-0)7.0
S. Oberg1.0
S. Oh1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urena (L, 0-1)4.29641217.712.14-6.0
N. Anderson0.10000000.000.000.0
T. Guerrero1.00000200.000.004.0
A. Brice2.00002200.001.005.0
T. Kinley1.00000100.000.003.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Urena (L, 0-1)4.2
N. Anderson0.1
T. Guerrero1.0
A. Brice2.0
T. Kinley1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Freeland
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 93-62, S. Oberg 10-8, S. Oh 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 12-5, S. Oberg 1-1, S. Oh 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, S. Oberg 4, S. Oh 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Urena
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 94-57, N. Anderson 2-2, T. Guerrero 10-8, A. Brice 28-17, T. Kinley 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urena 5-7, N. Anderson 1-0, A. Brice 2-2, T. Kinley 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Urena 24, N. Anderson, T. Guerrero 3, A. Brice 8, T. Kinley 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon RF50000013.000.000.000.000-0.5
D. Murphy 1B50000001.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Arenado 3B51100000.200.200.400.6003.0
T. Story SS32111101.333.5001.3331.8338.0
D. Dahl LF42310011.750.7501.0001.7506.5
I. Desmond CF40110013.250.250.500.7502.5
R. McMahon 2B41110002.250.250.250.5003.0
C. Iannetta C30210110.667.7501.0001.7504.5
K. Freeland P20000121.000.333.000.3330.0
a- R. Tapia PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oh P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Freeland in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Brinson CF40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
B. Anderson 3B40000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
S. Castro 2B40100010.250.250.250.5000.5
G. Cooper RF40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Prado 1B40000001.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Alfaro C31111010.333.5001.3331.8336.5
M. Rojas SS30000102.000.250.000.2501.0
R. Herrera LF30000003.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Urena P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Guerrero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Riddle PH111110001.0001.0004.0005.0006.0
A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- N. Walker PH111110001.0001.0004.0005.0006.0
T. Kinley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-homered for Guerrero in the 6th
  • b-homered for Brice in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Arenado, D. Dahl, I. Desmond, C. Iannetta
  • HR - T. Story
  • RBI - T. Story, D. Dahl, I. Desmond, R. McMahon, C. Iannetta
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Story, I. Desmond
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, D. Murphy, D. Dahl, R. McMahon 2 (2), R. Tapia
BATTING
  • HR - J. Alfaro, J. Riddle, N. Walker
  • RBI - J. Alfaro, J. Riddle, N. Walker
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper, R. Herrera 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • E - K. Freeland
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Cooper
  • DP - (Cooper-Anderson)
  • E - L. Brinson, M. Rojas
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (W, 1-0)7.02111511.290.4329.5
S. Oberg1.01110119.001.001.5
S. Oh1.01110119.001.001.5
Total9.0433173---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (W, 1-0)7.0
S. Oberg1.0
S. Oh1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Urena (L, 0-1)4.29641217.712.14-6.0
N. Anderson0.10000000.000.000.0
T. Guerrero1.00000200.000.004.0
A. Brice2.00002200.001.005.0
T. Kinley1.00000100.000.003.5
Total9.0964371---
PITCHERSIP
J. Urena (L, 0-1)4.2
N. Anderson0.1
T. Guerrero1.0
A. Brice2.0
T. Kinley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - K. Freeland
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 93-62, S. Oberg 10-8, S. Oh 18-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 12-5, S. Oberg 1-1, S. Oh 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, S. Oberg 4, S. Oh 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Urena
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urena 94-57, N. Anderson 2-2, T. Guerrero 10-8, A. Brice 28-17, T. Kinley 15-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urena 5-7, N. Anderson 1-0, A. Brice 2-2, T. Kinley 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Urena 24, N. Anderson, T. Guerrero 3, A. Brice 8, T. Kinley 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Alfaro homered to right63
  • 8TH INNING
    Walker homered to right center62
  • 6TH INNING
    Riddle homered to right61
  • 5TH INNING
    Desmond doubled to left center, Dahl scored60
    Story homered to left50
  • 4TH INNING
    Iannetta doubled to left center, McMahon scored40
    McMahon singled to deep right center, Story and Dahl scored, McMahon to third on center fielder Brinson fielding error30
    Dahl singled to right, Arenado scored, Story to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tyler Kinley pitching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to left
    • N. Arenado: Arenado grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Scott Oberg
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Prado fouled out to right
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro homered to right
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Brice Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Desmond lined out to center
    • R. McMahon: McMahon lined out to left
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Iannetta walked
    • Raimel Tapia hit for Kyle Freeland
    • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Oberg pitching
    • Neil Walker hit for Austin Brice
    • N. Walker: Walker homered to right center
    • L. Brinson: Brinson grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Ball, Castro flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Austin Brice pitching
    • D. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story walked
    • D. Dahl: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging,
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cooper safe at first on Freeland throwing error
    • M. Prado: Prado grounded out to first, Cooper to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alfaro hit by pitch
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rojas reached on fielder's choice to third, Cooper out at third, Alfaro to second
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Tayron Guerrero relieved Nick Anderson
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Iannetta struck out swinging
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • JT Riddle hit for Tayron Guerrero
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Riddle homered to right
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • D. Murphy: Murphy flied out to left
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arenado flied out to deep left
    • T. Story: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Story homered to left
    • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Ball, Dahl doubled to deep right
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Desmond doubled to left center, Dahl scored
    • Nick Anderson relieved Jose Urena
    • R. McMahon: Strike looking, McMahon grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Prado fouled out to first
    • J. Alfaro: Foul, Foul, Alfaro grounded out to third
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked
    • R. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Herrera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Rojas out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Arenado doubled to left
    • T. Story: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Story safe at first on shortstop Rojas throwing error, Arenado to third
    • D. Dahl: Pickoff attempt to first, Dahl singled to right, Arenado scored, Story to third
    • I. Desmond: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • R. McMahon: Pickoff attempt to first, McMahon singled to deep right center, Story and Dahl scored, McMahon to third on center fielder Brinson fielding error
    • C. Iannetta: Ball, Iannetta doubled to left center, McMahon scored
    • K. Freeland: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Ball, Brinson grounded out to third
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Anderson flied out to center
    • S. Castro: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castro singled to shallow center
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cooper grounded into fielder's choice to second, Castro out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • C. Iannetta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Iannetta singled to left
    • K. Freeland: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Freeland walked, Iannetta to second
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to right, Iannetta out at third
    • D. Murphy: Ball, Freeland to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy flied out to left
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Rojas grounded out to third
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
    • J. Urena: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Urena struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dahl reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • I. Desmond: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Desmond grounded out to shortstop, Dahl to second
    • R. McMahon: Foul, Ball, McMahon flied out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cooper flied out to deep center
    • M. Prado: Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Urena Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Blackmon grounded out to first
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Arenado fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Brinson lined out to left
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)