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Caleb Smith dominates to earn first career win

Another impressive performance as the Marlins complete their hottest week of the season.

Caleb Smith was special on Sunday.
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Caleb Smith tossed a gem, Miguel Rojas homered for the fourth time this season, and the Marlins (9-18) defeated the Colorado Rockies (15-14), 3-0. It gives them their second straight series win.

Smith earned his first win in the majors. KKKKKKKKKaleBB allowed zero runs, two hits and one walk, while also striking out nine in seven innings pitched.

Scuffling rookie Lewis Brinson helped the team get off to a quick start, as he singled home Brian Anderson in the bottom of the second to give Miami a 1-0 lead. Rojas padded the lead in the fourth with his solo shot to left. Another insurance run crossed the plate in the eighth, when Bryan Holaday scored on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly, thanks to a creative slide around home plate. Brad Ziegler then came in to close, converting his third save of the season.

The Marlins won their second straight series over a 2017 playoff team. They’ve now won four of their last five games overall.

The starting pitching staff has been red-hot recently, holding opposing batters to a .161 batting average over the last seven games. Colorado only totaled two runs in this series.

The Marlins will look to continue their strong play starting Monday, as they host the Philadelphia Phillies to close out the homestand. Jake Arrieta will pitch for Philadelphia, while Dan Straily makes his season debut on the mound for the Fish.

Source: FanGraphs

Kingfish: Caleb Smith (.409 WPA)

Flounder: Nolan Arenado (-.109)

Play of the game: Miguel Rojas home run (.103)

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Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Caleb Smith Marlins 21.2 5.82 4.70 13.29 0.1
Chad Bettis Rockies 30.0 2.40 4.45 6.00 0.3

Today's Lineups

Charlie Blackmon - CF J.T. Realmuto - 1B
Ian Desmond - 1B Derek Dietrich - LF
Nolan Arenado - 3B Starlin Castro - 2B
Trevor Story - SS Brian Anderson - 3B
David Dahl - LF Cameron Maybin - RF
Noel Cuevas - RF Miguel Rojas - SS
Pat Valaika - 2B Lewis Brinson - CF
Tony Wolters - C Bryan Holaday - C
Chad Bettis - RHP Caleb Smith - LHP

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