Alcantara pitches Marlins past Rockies 3-0

MIAMI (AP) Sandy Alcantara had to settle for the longest outing of his career.

Pretty nice way to start the season.

Alcantara pitched eight crisp innings, Jorge Alfaro drove in two runs and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Sunday.

Alcantara allowed four hits, struck out six and walked none in his 15th major league appearance. The 23-year-old right-hander retired 14 straight hitters before Ryan McMahon reached on a two-out infield single in the seventh.

Alcantara, who threw 92 pitches, wanted to stay in the game, but manager Don Mattingly decided to take him out.

''I went out there inning after inning wanting to get the complete game but the manager didn't and those are his decisions,'' Alcantara told Spanish-speaking media.

Mattingly said the timing of the season prompted his decision to lift the rookie from his seventh major league start.

''As we get into the season, that's a situation where he goes back out because he really didn't have any true battles today,'' Mattingly said. ''We didn't want to push him to nine out of the gate.

''He was pretty much dominant the whole day.''

Alcantara (1-0) also picked up his major league hit on a line-drive single to left in the fifth.

The Rockies threatened in the ninth when former Miami starter Wei-Yin Chen surrendered a leadoff double to Charlie Blackmon and walked David Dahl. Chen, in the fourth year of an $80 million, five-year contract, left to a chorus of boos from the crowd of 7,559.

Sergio Romo came in and retired three in a row for his first save with the Marlins, finishing a five-hitter.

''If I can help out in any situation, I'm going to be ready for it,'' Romo said. ''You couldn't waste Sandy's effort. Holy cow that was impressive.''

Colorado right-hander Jon Gray departed after he felt cramps in his right calf after a pitch to Alcantara with two out in the seventh. Gray (0-1) struck out 10 and was charged with three runs and five hits.

''I tried to throw another pitch and felt the same thing so that's when I called the trainer out and told him,'' Gray said. ''It's frustrating for it to happen then. I don't feel anything anymore; just going to give it some rest and work on it a little bit. I just want to make sure it stays away.''

Alfaro hit a two-run single in the fourth and JT Riddle homered in the sixth. It was Riddle's second of the season and No. 5 for the Marlins - all solo shots.

''In a well-pitched game, one big hit will change dramatically the course of the game,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Colorado star Nolan Arenado went 0 for 4, snapping his 12-game hitting streak that carried over from last season.

WORTH NOTING

The Rockies sent right-hander Rayan Gonzalez to Double-A Hartford. They currently have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

WORTH NOTING II

Sunday's attendance, added to the combined crowds of 14,145 Friday and Saturday, failed to surpass the opening-day total of 25,423.

LEADING OFF

The Marlins used four different leadoff hitters in the series. Rosell Herrera was in the spot on Sunday, following Miguel Rojas, Curtis Granderson and Lewis Brinson in the previous three games.

''Our leadoff guys will be mix and match,'' Mattingly said. ''We'll see where it goes.''

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Rockies: 1B Daniel Murphy will see a hand specialist in Arizona on Monday for further evaluation of his fractured left index finger. Murphy got hurt in the Rockies' 6-1 win over Miami on Friday. Murphy, who signed a two-year contract with the Rockies in the offseason, will be sidelined indefinitely.

Marlins: OF Garrett Cooper was placed on the injured list because of a strained left calf. Cooper got hurt during Friday's game and pinch-hit on Saturday. OF Peter O'Brien was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. O'Brien started Sunday and went 0 for 3.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis pitches Monday against Tampa Bay.

Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith will make his season debut when Miami faces the New York Mets on Monday. LHP Steven Matz starts for the Mets.

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  • W: S. Alcantara (1-0)L: J. Gray (0-1)S: S. Romo (1)
  • HR: MIA - J. Riddle (2)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Blackmon (2), T. Wolters (2)
      • SH - J. Gray
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, R. McMahon 2 (2), M. Reynolds, R. Tapia
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Riddle (2)
      • RBI - J. Alfaro 2 (3), J. Riddle (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 2 (2), J. Alfaro, P. O'Brien
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Herrera, N. Walker
      FIELDING
      • DP - (McMahon-Story-Reynolds)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Walker)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (L, 0-1)6.253311014.050.9012.0
      H. Musgrave1.00000100.000.003.5
      W. Davis0.10001000.003.00-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (L, 0-1)6.2
      H. Musgrave1.0
      W. Davis0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)8.04000600.000.5033.0
      W. Chen0.01001000.000.00-2.0
      S. Romo (S, 1)1.000001021.602.4010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)8.0
      W. Chen0.0
      S. Romo (S, 1)1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Gray
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 89-63, H. Musgrave 12-9, W. Davis 11-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 7-2, W. Davis 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, H. Musgrave 3, W. Davis 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 92-66, W. Chen 9-4, S. Romo 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 12-5
      • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, W. Chen 2, S. Romo 3
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      D. Dahl CF30100101.429.471.7141.1852.0
      N. Arenado 3B40000003.222.222.278.5000.0
      T. Story SS40000012.133.235.333.569-0.5
      R. McMahon 2B-1B40100012.357.438.500.9380.5
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        B. Anderson 3B31000111.067.176.067.2431.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Blackmon (2), T. Wolters (2)
          • SH - J. Gray
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Dahl, R. McMahon 2 (2), M. Reynolds, R. Tapia
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Riddle (2)
          • RBI - J. Alfaro 2 (3), J. Riddle (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Castro 2 (2), J. Alfaro, P. O'Brien
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Herrera, N. Walker
          FIELDING
          • DP - (McMahon-Story-Reynolds)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Anderson-Castro-Walker)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Gray (L, 0-1)6.253311014.050.9012.0
          H. Musgrave1.00000100.000.003.5
          W. Davis0.10001000.003.00-1.0
          Total8.05332111---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Gray (L, 0-1)6.2
          H. Musgrave1.0
          W. Davis0.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)8.04000600.000.5033.0
          W. Chen0.01001000.000.00-2.0
          S. Romo (S, 1)1.000001021.602.4010.5
          Total9.0500170---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Alcantara (W, 1-0)8.0
          W. Chen0.0
          S. Romo (S, 1)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Gray
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 89-63, H. Musgrave 12-9, W. Davis 11-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 7-2, W. Davis 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Gray 26, H. Musgrave 3, W. Davis 2
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 92-66, W. Chen 9-4, S. Romo 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 12-5
          • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 27, W. Chen 2, S. Romo 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Riddle homered to right03
          • 4TH INNING
            Alfaro singled to center, Anderson and Walker scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Wei-Yin Chen pitching
            • Miguel Rojas at first base
            • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon doubled to left center
            • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Dahl walked
            • Sergio Romo relieved Wei-Yin Chen
            • N. Arenado: Arenado lined out to right
            • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
            • R. McMahon: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McMahon fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • R. Tapia: Ball, Tapia grounded out to first
            • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
            • G. Hampson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Hampson struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Musgrave Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera flied out to center
            • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Anderson fouled out to first
            • Wade Davis relieved Harrison Musgrave
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Walker walked
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Walker stole second, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Arenado flied out to right
            • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Story grounded out to third
            • R. McMahon: McMahon reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Reynolds: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Reynolds lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Riddle: Ball, Foul, Riddle homered to right
            • P. O'Brien: Foul, O'Brien grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Brinson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
            • S. Alcantara: Ball, Ball, Ball
            • Garrett Hampson at second base
            • Alcantara struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • J. Gray: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gray struck out looking
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
            • D. Dahl: Ball, Strike looking, Dahl grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Anderson: Anderson grounded out to second
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Alfaro: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Alfaro lined out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
            • R. Tapia: Foul, Ball, Tapia grounded out to second
            • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Wolters grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
            • S. Alcantara: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Alcantara singled to right
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Herrera grounded out to shortstop, Alcantara out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Arenado fouled out to third
            • T. Story: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Story flied out to deep left
            • R. McMahon: Ball, McMahon grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Anderson walked
            • N. Walker: Pickoff attempt, Walker singled to right, Anderson to third
            • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to pitcher, Walker to second
            • J. Alfaro: Alfaro singled to center, Anderson and Walker scored
            • J. Riddle: Riddle grounded out to second, Alfaro to second
            • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • T. Wolters: Ball, Wolters doubled to shallow left
            • J. Gray: Foul, Foul, Gray hit sacrifice bunt to third, Wolters to third
            • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon fouled out to catcher
            • D. Dahl: Ball, Dahl grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
            • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Story grounded out to second
            • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McMahon struck out swinging
            • M. Reynolds: Reynolds singled to shallow left
            • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Tapia grounded out to catcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
            • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Riddle flied out to center
            • P. O'Brien: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Brien struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Alcantara Pitching:
            • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to first
            • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Dahl singled to left center
            • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado grounded out to second, Dahl out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Gray Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera hit by pitch
            • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
            • N. Walker: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • S. Castro: Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)