Hechavarria homers in 10th, Marlins beat Rockies 3-2
DENVER (AP) Adeiny Hechavarria's homers might not sound like the ones that leave Giancarlo Stanton's bat.
Still, the wiry shortstop recognizes the ear-pleasing thud of a no-doubter when he connects.
Hechavarria's first homer since April 25, a two-out shot in the 10th inning, lifted the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
He drove a slider from reliever Boone Logan (0-2) into the trees in straightaway center field. It was Hechavarria's third homer of the season, which already ties his career high.
''Right off the bat, I knew it was gone,'' Hechavarria said through a translator.
Maybe not quite like Stanton's shot on Friday, when the slugger put a ball about 15 rows up in the left-center bleachers. Now that was a no-doubter.
''I wasn't looking for a home run,'' Hechavarria explained. ''I was looking to get a hit. Fortunately, it was a home run.''
Logan called the pitch that Hechavarria hit, ''one of the worst sliders I've ever thrown.'' But the lefty had to go back to the video, just to double-check to see if it really was one of his worst sliders.
''He got the barrel on the ball,'' Logan conceded.
Marcell Ozuna had a two-out, two-run single in the first to help the Marlins take two of three in the series. After that inning, though, the Marlins didn't advance anyone past second base - until Hechavarria's homer.
Carlos Gonzalez tied the game at 2 in the seventh with a solo homer. The Rockies had a chance in the ninth with two outs and runners on first and second, but Sam Dyson (3-2) got pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen to ground out.
A.J. Ramos closed in the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Troy Tulowitzki as the Rockies shortstop tried to back away from an inside pitch. Plate umpire Mike DiMuro ruled Tulowitzki was in the act of swinging.
Jose Urena pitched six innings of three-hit ball and was in line for his first major league win, but usually reliable reliever Carter Capps couldn't protect a 2-1 lead. He gave up a line-drive homer to Gonzalez, the first home run Capps has allowed all season.
Urena kept the Rockies off balance with a fastball that routinely hit 95 mph. Manager Dan Jennings contemplated leaving him in for the seventh - Urena had thrown only 82 pitches - but with a rested bullpen, Jennings didn't want to leave anything to chance.
''No way were we going to let that kid lose that game after pitching that quality of an outing and in this ballpark,'' Jennings said. ''He put us in a position to win it. Tremendous effort.''
Kyle Kendrick settled in after a rocky start and retired 12 straight before Dee Gordon's single in the fifth. Kendrick lasted seven innings and allowed two runs against a team he's typically bottled up in the past.
Kendrick is 14-3 with a 3.40 ERA versus the Marlins. He's tied with Livan Hernandez for the fifth-most wins against Miami, behind Greg Maddux (19), Tom Glavine (17), Tim Hudson (15) and John Smoltz (15).
''I stuck to my game plan,'' Kendrick said. ''I know those guys very well. They are a very aggressive team.''
Marlins: Reliever Bryan Morris doesn't expect to miss much time after leaving Saturday's game in the sixth inning with a strained lower back. ... Jennings said RHP Jose Fernandez (Tommy John surgery) will throw Monday for Class A Jupiter. ... RHP Mat Latos (left knee) will make a start Monday with Triple-A New Orleans. ... RHP Jarred Cosart (vertigo) is scheduled to make a rehab start with New Orleans sometime this week.
Rockies: LF Corey Dickerson, placed on the 15-day disabled list May 19 because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, will play Monday in an extended spring training game in Scottsdale, Arizona. ... Although reliever Rafael Betancourt is struggling, manager Walt Weiss said there's nothing wrong with his arm. ''He'll be fine,'' Weiss said.
Marlins: LHP Brad Hand (1-1, 4.24 ERA) takes the mound Monday as Miami opens a three-game series in Toronto. The Blue Jays counter with RHP Marco Estrada (2-3, 3.77)
Rockies: RHP David Hale (1-0, 4.26) will be recalled when the Rockies host St. Louis on Monday. RHP John Lackey (4-3, 2.93) goes for the Cardinals.