04/19 20:40 CDT Alvarez pitches Marlins past Mariners 7-0
Alvarez pitches Marlins past Mariners 7-0
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) --- Henderson Alvarez won for the first time since his no-hitter to
end the 2013 season, pitching a two-hitter to help the Miami Marlins beat the
Seattle Mariners 7-0 Saturday.
Alvarez (1-2) retired the first 15 batters en route to the third complete game
of his career. He struck out four, walked none and threw 90 pitches.
He also had a two-out RBI single in the sixth to make it 3-0.
The Mariners lost their fifth game in a row and were shut out for the fourth
Marcell Ozuna had a three-run homer, his third, and an RBI single to hike his
average to .343. Adeiny Hechavarria contributed three hits, scored twice and
made two fine plays at shortstop. Christian Yelich doubled to extend his
hitting streak to 13 games.
Rookie Roenis Elias (1-2) allowed six runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Miami's first two runs were unearned due to an error by center fielder Abraham
Almonte and a passed ball by Mike Zunino.
The Mariners had eight left-handers in the lineup against Alvarez, but that
didn't faze the right-hander, who retired the side in order for five innings
before Dustin Ackley singled to shallow left-center on the first pitch of the
After the crowd of 24,003 gave Alvarez a warm ovation, Ackley was erased on a
double play. Zunino doubled with one out in the ninth for the Mariners' other
Alvarez, who turned 24 Friday, reached 96 mph on the scoreboard radar gun and
had good command of his breaking pitches. He went to three balls on only one
The dominating performance was reminiscent of the Venezuelan's no-hitter on the
final day of last season, when Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat
Detroit 1-0. That was the first time a no-hitter was secured with a walk-off
wild pitch to bring home the winning run, and Alvarez was in the on-deck circle
at the time.
The Mariners tried to pitch around Giancarlo Stanton, who beat them with a
walk-off grand slam homer Friday. He walked twice, each time with a runner on
Casey McGehee foiled the strategy in the third when he singled home the first
run after Stanton was intentionally walked.
Hechavarria singled in the fourth and scored from third on a two-out passed
ball by Zunino. Hechavarria singled and scored again on Alvarez's single in the
sixth, and Ozuna's homer made it 6-0.
The Marlins have homered in 10 consecutive games after finishing last in the
majors in that category in 2013.
NOTES: Marlins 2B Rafael Furcal (hamstring) will begin a rehabilitation
assignment Monday with Double-A Jacksonville. ... Marlins RHP Jacob Turner
(shoulder) is scheduled to make his first rehab start Wednesday for Class A
Jupiter. ... The Mariners' Corey Hart was given the night off. ... The
Mariners' walk-off loss Friday was their 52nd since the start of the 2010, by
far the most in the majors during that span. ... The Marlins became the first
team since the Red Sox in 1949-52 to hit a walk-off grand slam in three
consecutive seasons. ... Mariners LHP Joe Beimel turned 37 Saturday. ...
Seattle RHP Brandon Maurer and Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey are scheduled to make
their first starts of the season Sunday.