A former American League starter, Henderson Alvarez loves interleague play. After tossing a no-hitter against Detroit at the end of last season and pitching well against Seattle earlier this year, Alvarez was dominant in Miami's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Alvarez held the Rays' lineup off balance, and in nine innings of work gave up eight hits and no runs while striking out five. A pair of double plays in both the seventh and eighth innings helped Alvarez's pitch count remain low, and the elbow issues that led to an early departure in his last start against Washington didn't appear to be an issue.
Miami's offense had difficulty against Rays starter Chris Archer, but a fifth inning rally proved to be the difference in the game. Garrett Jones opened the inning with a single, and after Marcell Ozuna struck out, Adeiny Hechavarria singled to right field.
Jeff Mathis subsequently struck out, but after Alvarez singled, Archer walked Christian Yelich which allowed the game's only run to score.
Aside from the walk to Yelich, Archer, like Alvarez, was in command. In seven innings, he gave up five hits and the one run while walking two and striking out eight.
The Marlins head to Tampa to take on the Rays in St. Pete on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Hero of The Game: Henderson Alvarez (+.662 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Casey McGehee (-.092 WPA)
Play of The Game: Christian Yelich's fifth inning walk gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead. (.155 WPA)