Marquez battles through infected tooth, K's 5

April 20th, 2019

DENVER -- Throbbing pain on the left side of Rockies right-hander German Marquez’s face from an infected tooth didn’t allow him any sleep going into Friday’s start against the Phillies. But the way he gave up just two runs while battling through 95 pitches in five innings was part of what cost the Phillies sleep after the Rockies’ 4-3, 12-inning victory.

Marquez said the molar on the upper left side of his mouth began bothering him Thursday, but he tried to keep the problem from manager Bud Black. One of the team’s trainers informed Black right before the game, but Marquez toughed it out and contributed to the team’s fifth straight victory -- which Charlie Blackmon delivered with a two-run homer with two outs in the 12th.

“I took a lot of medication last night to try to get me through, but I couldn’t sleep,” Marquez said, via a translator. “I did what I could.

“I didn’t want to tell him because I wanted to pitch.”

Marquez, who added that he will visit a doctor Saturday, struck out five, and made sure the constant base traffic didn’t hurt as much as his mouth and face. In his previous start, with all his of pitches working and good dental health, Marquez didn’t give up a hit until there was one out in the eighth, and completed a one-hitter at San Francisco in a 4-0 win.

Many of the hits Friday were soft, and none of them were for extra bases.

The Phillies took a 1-0 lead on Rhys Hoskins’ line drive single off the top of third baseman Nolan Arenado’s glove with one out in the first, but Marquez fanned J.T. Realmuto and Cesar Hernandez to escape the frame.

Same story in the fifth. The run scored with one out on Realmuto’s sacrifice fly after two singles. But Marquez forced a bases-loaded pop out from Maikel Franco, then watched seven relievers hold the Phils to one run and seven hits in seven innings.

"Basically, just keep the ball down and maintain -- I didn’t want a big inning,” Marquez said.