MIAMI (AP) — Sandy 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 longest outing in 15 major league appearances. The 23-year-old right-hander retired 14 straight hitters before Ryan McMahon reached on a two-out infield single in the seventh.
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.
Colorado right-hander Jon Gray departed after he felt discomfort 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.
Alfaro hit a two-run single in the fourth and JT Riddle went deep in the sixth. It was Riddle’s second of the season and No. 5 for the Marlins — all solo shots.
Colorado star Nolan Arenado went 0 for 4, snapping his 12-game hitting streak that carried over from last season.
Sunday’s attendance, added to the combined crowds of 14,145 Friday and Saturday, failed to surpass the opening total of 25,423.
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 has been 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.
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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