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Dbacks @ Marlins: De La Rosa shines as Arizona wins in extras

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Rubby De La Rosa has been an innings machine lately.

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Monday night, De La Rosa went nine innings as the Diamondbacks pulled out a big victory in the 13th inning.

The first nine innings were quick as De La Rosa and Marlins pitcher Dan Haren breezed through the others lineups. In fact both pitchers only mistake came on pitch. For Haren, it was a shot in the gap that he gave up to Yasmany Tomás and for De La Rosa, it was a home run he served up to J.T. Realmuto.

For those that are fans of pitching duels, then this was the game for them. After De La Rosa left the game, which he very well could have easily went another inning, Brad Ziegler came in for two innings, and Addison Reed held the Marlins scoreless in a shaky outing in which he gave up two walks. Luckily his catcher, Tuffy Gosewisch, was able to gun down Giancarlo Stanton at second base.

In the top half of the 13th inning, Chris Owings extended his hit streak to seven games, stole a few bases and David Peralta knocked him in to give the Diamondbacks the 3-2 lead and the eventual win after Enrique Burgos shut down the Marlins for the save.

Coming into the first of a four-game series, the Diamondbacks were on a four game losing streak and facing a Marlins team that was desperate to play hard for their new manager Dan Jennings. Both teams showed a ton of hear and neither wanted to give in, but the Diamondbacks were able to outlast Miami in the first one thanks to great pitching and some late inning heroics from Peralta.

The Good: Rubby De La Rosa continues to eat innings and pitch with extreme efficiency. After two straight outings of going seven innings in his last two outings, De La Rosa went nine while only giving up two hits and two runs. In his last five outings, De La Rosa has pitched 35 innings. He is eating them up.

The Bad: The offense was not good. It wasn’t the worst it’s been, but in a pitchers duel there was a lot of players going 1-5 in the lineup, including Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings. Hopefully the bats can wake up tomorrow because they have been sleepy the past two games.

The Ugly: It’s almost unfair to to say a reliever that didn’t give up a run had an ugly outing but Addison Reed was shaky and bailed out by his catcher. Still, it wasn’t the end of the world and he’s learning entirely new mechanics as he tries to regain his role as a closer.

Up Next: Game 2 of the series is tomorrow as Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound looking to improve after several shaky performances this season. He needs a strong outing and it could propel the Diamondbacks to take this series if he does.

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