Jose Urena and the Marlins (51-42) came out on top of what was an unexpected pitching duel in another extra-inning bout with the Phillies (43-52) Tuesday.
Ureña pitched better than most expected after being called up for his first start of the season, and his first appearance since May 30. The 24 year old’s sinker had nice movement, helping to create 11 ground ball outs to go along with his five strikeouts.
For his part, Vince Velasquez pitched more than six innings for only the second time this year. He had four strikeouts through the first three innings, but ended the game with only five, for his lowest strikeout total in a start since May 23.
Christian Yelich and Tommy Joseph traded moon shots in the top and bottom of the fourth to open up the scoring for their respective sides.
After that, the opportunities were scarce for both teams up until the seventh, when the Phillies almost broke the game open off of David Phelps who had come in to relieve Ureña. After a pair of walks, pinch-hitter Ryan Howard lined a 3-0 fastball that hit Phelps and redirected to Martin Prado, who barehanded and threw out Howard at first. Phelps then intentionally walked the bases full before striking out Peter Bourjos to escape the inning.
The game would remain tied until the top of the tenth, when Yelich’s two out, full count single cashed in Adeiny Hechavarria’s leadoff double. A.J. Ramos went three up, three down in the bottom half to secure his 31st save, his third in as many games.
Mike Dunn (2-1) pitched a spotless ninth for the win, while David Hernandez (1-3) got tagged with the loss after giving up the Hechavarria double.
Ureña was the latest Marlin to get a shot at the vacant fifth starter spot. Ureña was sent down to AAA New Orleans earlier this year after giving up 19 runs in 20.1 relief innings to start the season. His performance tonight will likely earn him another start this Sunday against the Mets.
Hero of the Game: Christian Yelich (.363 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Daniel Stumpf (-.330)
Play of the Game: Christian Yelich go-ahead single (.360)