Arraez's RBI single in 10th helps Marlins end eight-game slide
MIAMI (AP) — Luis Arraez singled home the winning run with the bases loaded in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins ended an eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
With the Rockies playing five infielders, Arraez hit a line drive to an empty right field off Pierce Johnson (1-5), scoring Joey Wendle from third. Arraez went 3-for-4, raising his league-leading batting average to .379.
Huascar Brazoban (4-2) was the winning pitcher for Miami, which earned its first victory since the All-Star break.
Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run and striking out a career-high 13.
Luzardo’s previous high of 12 strikeouts was done twice last year (April 12, 2022, at the Angels and Oct. 3, 2022, vs Atlanta). It also tied the club record for the most strikeouts by a left-handed starter, tying Braxton Garrett, who struck out 13 on June 22, 2023, against Pittsburgh.
His final strikeout was against Brenton Doyle, who homered off him in the fifth, and stranded two runners in the seventh.
Luzardo finished with double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time in his career and second time this season.
Colorado’s Randal Grichuk homered on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the ninth off closer A.J. Puk to tie the score at 2-2.
Trailing 1-0, the Marlins broke through in the sixth when Arraez doubled to score Nick Fortes from second to tie the score at 1. Fortes had singled to open the inning and took second on a wild pitch by Connor Seabold.
After Jorge Soler singled and Arraez advanced to third, Seabold was replaced by Brent Suter. Arraez scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Yuli Gurriel to give the Marlins a 2-1 lead.
Doyle gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead on his two-out solo homer to right field in the fifth off Luzardo.
Ty Blach, making his first start for the Rockies this season, allowed two hits and struck out two over three scoreless innings. Blach was replaced by Seabold to start the fourth inning.
Rockies: Kris Bryant is day to day after being hit on the hand with a pitch in Saturday’s game. ... CJ Cron is day to day with a back injury.
RHP Edward Cabrera (5-5, 4.50) will start for the Marlins in Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay.
The Rockies haven’t announced a starter for Monday’s game at Washington.