Before Rubby can right ship, pitch goes off course

Before Rubby can right ship, pitch goes off course

MIAMI -- One pitch can be the difference in a ballgame. That's how D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa looked at the two-run homer he gave up to Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning that made the difference in a 4-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

De La Rosa (3-4) struggled in the early innings.

"The first two innings, nothing was working," De La Rosa said. "Everything was up and off the plate. After the second inning, I got a little better feeling about my pitches. The first two innings, I was falling behind."

De La Rosa went 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out four and walking two.

But it was one pitch to Stanton in the third that told the story of this game.

Stanton's ninth home run

"It was supposed to be a two-seamer inside, but it never broke down," De La Rosa explained. "So it was pretty much a straight fastball. One pitch changed the game tonight. One mistake cost us the game."

Stanton blasted the two-run homer to dead center field, capping a three-run inning that gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead.

De La Rosa settled down after that, but the damage was already done.

"For the rest of the game, he got the ball down and they couldn't do much after that," said D-backs catcher Chris Herrmann. "So I'm glad that he could turn his start around and turn to something positive. He did a good job after that.

"On [Stanton's] home run, we were just trying to go inside and his ball didn't really sink, it just kind of hung over the inside part of the plate."

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the D-backs on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.