NEW YORK -- After 10 innings covering six days, Jarlin Garcia finally allowed a hit as a starter. The Marlins' left-hander, making his second Major League start, kept opponents out of the hit column until Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar's one-out double in the fifth inning on Tuesday night.By the
NEW YORK -- After 10 innings covering six days, Jarlin Garcia finally allowed a hit as a starter. The Marlins' left-hander, making his second Major League start, kept opponents out of the hit column until Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar's one-out double in the fifth inning on Tuesday night.
By the time he allowed a hit, Garcia had plenty of support. J.T. Realmuto made a grand return from the disabled list, homering and driving in four in the Marlins' 9-1 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
"No, I didn't think about that," Garcia said of his no-hit streak. "I was just worried about going out there, doing my job and helping the team win in any way I can."
Per Elias Sports Bureau, Garcia's 10-inning streak of no hits allowed to start his career as a starting pitcher ties the modern MLB record. Bobo Holloman also did it in 1953 for the St. Louis Browns.
"We get a really good start out of Jarlin again," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We got some runs early and got him some breathing room, and the guys kept going. Our guys out of the bullpen were pretty good today. It was a pretty good day for us."
The nine runs were a season high for Miami, which snapped a three-game skid and got a two-game split at New York, bouncing back from a 12-1 loss on Monday.
Even with a lopsided final score, the Yankees had plenty of chances, leaving nine on base. They got on the board with two outs in the ninth inning on Andujar's homer off Brad Ziegler. But Miami's bullpen combined to allow one run on three hits with eight strikeouts.
"The 'pen did great," Realmuto said. "All night long, when they had runners in scoring position, we'd buckle down and threw the ball well. We got a lot of guys in scoring position, but when those gut-check times came up, we threw the ball really well for us."
Garcia opened the season as a long reliever, but he was moved into the rotation and made his first start last Wednesday against the Mets. In a no-decision that day at Marlins Park, he tossed six no-hit innings, but he was lifted after a career-high 77 pitches. On Tuesday, Garcia worked five innings and bumped his pitch total to 92 (48 strikes).
According to Elias, Garcia's 10 hitless-innings streak is the second longest in Marlins history. In 2004, reliever Armando Benitez recorded a string of 11 straight hitless innings.
Although Garcia didn't yield a hit until the fifth, it wasn't smooth sailing for the left-hander on a 44-degree night. In the first inning, he walked three but didn't give up a run. He got Giancarlo Stanton to bounce into a double play and retired Gary Sanchez on a grounder to third.
"The temperature was cold out there," Garcia said. "I was trying to get a feel for the zone. I just kept moving forward, trying to throw strikes and get the ball in the zone."
In the second inning, Aaron Hicks hit a long fly ball to center that Cameron Maybin ran down before the wall. In the third, Garcia walked two more, but he kept the Yankees from scoring.
The Marlins are closely monitoring Garcia's innings because he worked out of the bullpen in 2017. Garcia paced Miami in appearances with 68 and logged 53 1/3 innings, mainly as a lefty specialist.
Garcia worked out of Minor League rotations, last making 12 starts in 2016. But that year, he was moved to the bullpen. He did start 25 games in '15.
The Marlins are in the process of building up his innings, and he likely will be limited to around 100-125 frames this year.
"He hung in there, used his offspeed and got the big outs when he needed them," Mattingly said. "You could see him kind of running out of gas at the end. Obviously, a few more pitches today. We're getting him built, and he's obviously been effective."
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Two-out rally:Starlin Castro's two-out single in the fifth extended the inning, and Justin Bour followed with a walk. That set up Realmuto's three-run homer that broke open a seven-run Miami lead.
Realmuto started the season on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised lower back. The four RBIs for Realmuto match his second most for a game. The Miami catcher's career high is six RBIs, on Aug. 12, 2015, against the Red Sox.
"It's good to have him back because it puts guys kind of in their spots," Mattingly said. "When you know J.T. is back in there, it puts less pressure on other guys." More >
With his single to right in the seventh inning, Miguel Rojas extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which matches a career high.
HE SAID IT
"I think he's been working on his hitting, but he needs to get better at receiving, and he has to get better at running the bases." -- Rojas, joking about Realmuto's return from the DL
Off on Wednesday, the Marlins open a four-game series against the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday at 8:10 p.m. ET. Lefty Dillon Peters (2-1, 6.75) goes for his third win. Milwaukee counters with right-hander Chase Anderson (1-1, 2.82).
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.