08/15 22:19 CDT Alcantara dominant, shuts down Padres in Marlins' 3-0 win
Alcantara dominant, shuts down Padres in Marlins' 3-0 win
MIAMI (AP) --- Sandy Alcantara threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the
Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Monday night.
Although the Padres made Alcantara throw 76 pitches through the first four, the
All-Star right-hander notched his 17th outing of at last seven innings.
Alcantara (11-5) walked two and struck out seven on 108 pitches.
"It's always frustrating, you want to get out of innings with seven or 10
pitches," Alcantara said. "They were aggressive with me tonight and I was
competing, throwing my best stuff."
Miguel Rojas and Jacob Stallings had three hits apiece and rookie JJ Bleday
homered for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game skid.
Alcantara lasted a season-low 4 2/3 innings at San Diego on May 6, allowing
three runs and five hits.
"The second half divides the men from the boys," Alcantara said. "I feel just
as strong as I did at the beginning of the season."
Padres star slugger Juan Soto had one of the hardest-hit balls against
Alcantara but Marlins left-fielder Luke Williams retreated and caught his drive
on the warning track to end the fifth inning. Soto ended 0 for 2 with a walk.
"Everybody was grinding, everybody was taking really good at-bats the whole
game," Soto said. "He's a great pitcher. He threw his stuff and at the end of
the day, it didn't go our way."
While one streak ended, another continued for the Marlins. In the division era,
they surpassed the 1979 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest stretch of games
with three runs or fewer at 16. The 1969 California Angels had the longest
drought at 17.
Miami struck early against Padres starter Joe Musgrove (8-6) with a two-run
second. Bleday hit a leadoff homer and Rojas followed with a single. Rojas
advanced to third on Stallings' single to right and scored on Lewin Daz's
Rojas tripled in the sixth and Stallings followed with an RBI single to center
over a drawn-in infield to pad Miami's lead.
"They were the best two guys in the order all night," Miami manager Don
Mattingly said of Rojas and Stallings. "It was good to see Miggy use the whole
field again and get back to being himself, not trying to do too much."
Steven Okert relieved Alcantara and pitched a perfect eighth. Tanner Scott
followed and got the first two outs, then walked Jake Cronenworth and allowed
pinch-hitter Wil Myers' single. Ha-Seong Kim lined out to second baseman Jon
Berti after a 12-pitch at-bat for Scott's 17th save.
"Redemption --- today's another day," said Scott, who squandered a save
opportunity in the ninth Sunday. "It's my saying, and I was just going with it."
Musgrove was lifted after six innings. The right-hander allowed three runs,
eight hits, struck out five and hit a batter.
Stallings and Musgrove formed a close bond when they were teammates with the
Pittsburgh Pirates. Stallings didn't treat his friend kindly in the Marlins
catcher's second three-hit game of the season.
"Joe is probably one of my favorite teammates of all time," Stallings said.
"He's a great friend to me so it's always weird for me facing my friends. He
didn't consider me a friend tonight, that's how intense he is. And I think I
rose my level of focus even more."
The Padres recalled RHP Steven Wilson from Triple-A El Paso. Wilson relieved
Musgrove and pitched a scoreless seventh.
Padres: RHP Tayler Scott (right third finger laceration) was placed on the
15-day injured list retroactive to Saturday.
Marlins: RHP Anthony Bender (right elbow strain) underwent an MRI but the
results have not been disclosed. ... Cody Poteet (right elbow inflammation)
will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
LHP Sean Manaea (6-6, 4.76) will start the second game of the series on Tuesday
while the Marlins will go with RHP Edward Cabrera (3-1, 2.05).
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