By Sam Bush
Jean Segura’s two-run homer in the 14th inning and the Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 3-1.
Scott Kingery had three hits, Cesar Hernandez got his first homer of the season, starter Vince Velasquez had a no-hitter going through 5 2/3 innings and eight Phillies pitchers combined to limit the Marlins to a 5-for-45 day at the plate.
“The bullpen kept us in the game,” Segura said. “Huge for us.”
W. Y. Chen (0-1) came on to pitch the 14th, was charged with two runs and his ERA actually dipped from 24.75 to 23.40. Chen — the highest-paid Marlins player this season, making $20 million — has allowed 12 runs over three innings of relief in his last two appearances. He gave up a triple to McCutchen, and Segura connected one batter later.
“He’s battling,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Chen. “It’s where we’re at with him right now. Basically, he’s got to get through this.”
Miami batters struck out 18 times, tied for the fourth-most in franchise history. Brian Anderson homered for the Marlins, whose 18-strikeout game came one day after an 18-hit effort.
“We just never really got anything going,” Mattingly said.
Victor Arano (1-0) pitched the 12th and 13th for the Phils, getting all six outs by strikeout. Jose Alvarez worked the 14th, gave up a leadoff single but finished out his first save.
Both teams used eight pitchers. There were 424 pitches in the 4-hour, 38-minute contest.
“The pitching is the story today,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said.
The Phillies had runners on in each of the last six innings. They stranded a total of eighth between the 9th and 13th, as Marlins relievers kept the game tied. They even got away with walking Segura twice in extra innings with Bryce Harper in the on-deck circle, retiring the Philadelphia slugger in both of those instances.
The Phils got runners into scoring position in each of the first three innings, but couldn’t break through against Miami starter Jose Urena until Hernandez hit a two-out homer in the fourth for a 1-0 lead.
That was the lone big mistake for Urena, who allowed seven hits, struck out seven and walked none in seven innings. His ERA fell from 9.22 to 6.53.
Velasquez allowed two hits, walked three and struck out four against a Marlins lineup that came in batting .230 on the season and had three starters entering the day under .200.
“We understand that Vince is definitely a work in progress,” Kapler said. “He has two quality outings under his belt at this point. We feel good about those.”
The lone run against Velasquez was Anderson’s homer that tied the game at 1-1. That’s the way it stayed for the next 2 hours, 51 minutes — until Segura connected.
“He did a good job hitting that pitch,” Chen said through a translator. “It really wasn’t that bad a location.”