DENVER (AP) — Rookie right-hander Edward Cabrera took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out nine in earning his first big league win, Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered and drove in four, and the Miami Marlins had 21 hits in routing the Colorado Rockies 14-1 on Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Cabrera, a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, used a fastball topping out at 99 mph with a slider and changeup to baffle Colorado’s lineup. He allowed one hit over six innings, overcoming four walks and two hit batters in the Marlins’ second win in seven games.
“This is a game I dedicated to my aunt, who passed away a few days ago,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I always felt she was there. She was with me during the whole game, so it was very special.”
After Cabrera hit Yonathan Daza above the left elbow with a 98 mph fastball to lead off the sixth, C.J. Cron lined to left for the Rockies’ first hit. Cabrera (1-0) later got Sam Hilliard to fly to left with the bases loaded to end the threat.
“To achieve something like this shows the work you put through the offseason,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera, among Miami’s top prospects, made seven starts for the Marlins last year, going 0-3 with a 5.81 ERA. An injury in spring training hurt his chances of making the roster for the start of the season, and he had been at Triple-A Jacksonville.
Colorado right-hander German Marquez was to face lefty Trevor Rogers in the second game of the Rockies’ third doubleheader in 12 days.
Chisholm hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning off starter Antonio Senzatela (2-3), who gave up a career-high 13 hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start after being sidelined with a sore back.
“The backbreaker was the homer by Chisholm,” manager Bud Black said. “Looked to be a fastball and didn’t get to the spot.”
The Marlins were without Joey Wendle (hamstring) and Brian Anderson (back), who were both placed on the 10-day injured list. They didn’t need their offense in the opener, as everybody in Miami’s lineup had a hit by the fourth inning and the top five in the order went a combined 14 for 28.
Garrett Cooper, Jorge Soler, Avisail Garcia, Jesus Sanchez and Bryan De La Cruz each had three hits. The Marlins scored just one run in losing the series opener Monday.
“When we don’t hit, we don’t hit as a team,” Chisholm said. “So we need to hit as a team and that’s what we were trying to come together and do today.”
Rockies outfielder Randal Grichuk pitched a perfect ninth inning that included a 55 mph curveball in his big league pitching debut.
Brendan Rodgers’ one-out double in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 18 games.
Marlins: It’s the third time Wendle has been sidelined this season with a right hamstring strain. “This is the one that has been more sore than the other ones,” manager Don Mattingly said. … Anderson should be able to return when he’s eligible on June 7, Mattingly said. … C Nick Fortes stayed in after getting hit in the helmet by Chad Smith’s 97 mph pitch in the seventh.
Rockies: LHP prospect Ryan Rolison, on the 60-day injured list, is scheduled to see a shoulder specialist on June 13. … Black said Daza was sore after getting hit and wasn’t in the Game 2 lineup.
MARLINS LOSE DUNAND
Atlanta claimed Marlins INF Joe Dunand off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Dunand went 3 for 10 with a homer in three games with Miami.
Marlins: Return home with RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-2, 2.00 ERA) starting the opener of a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday night.
Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (2-5, 5.51) faces Atlanta RHP Ian Anderson (3-3, 4.34) on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field. RHP Ryan Feltner, who earned his first major league win Monday after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, is expected to remain with the team and start Sunday’s series finale.
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