Marlins sweep D-backs behind Conley, Yelich

Marlins sweep D-backs behind Conley, Yelich

MIAMI -- There was no serious no-hit drama for Adam Conley, but the 25-year-old lefty continues to piece together scoreless innings. Conley tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings, and Christian Yelich blasted a two-run homer in the eighth as the Marlins defeated the D-backs, 4-0, on Thursday night, completing a three-game sweep at Marlins Park.

In his first start since throwing 7 2/3 no-hit innings at Milwaukee, Conley scattered two hits and struck out six, while walking one and hitting a batter. Playing it safe, the lefty was replaced after 88 pitches.

Yelich can't get bunt down, homers instead

"I hope I go 12 next time, or whatever," Conley said. "What I was really happy with today was just the one walk. Even walking the one guy, I was frustrated about that. When it comes to hits and walks and everything, you're talking about runners on base."

Conley's winning start

D-backs lefty Robbie Ray was tagged for two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.

Strike-filled outing pleases Ray

"I thought Robbie pitched well," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "He did a real good job. He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win."

The Marlins capitalized on Ray's walk of Giancarlo Stanton in the second. Stanton scored on Derek Dietrich's two-out RBI single. A two-out rally hurt Ray again in the fourth. Ray gave up a single to Marcell Ozuna and an RBI double to Chris Johnson.

Dietrich's RBI single to center

Conley's hitless streak snapped: Opposing batters were 0-for-37 against Conley until Welington Castillo's two-out single on a 2-2 pitch in the fourth inning. Conley, of course, was coming off tossing 7 2/3 hitless innings at Milwaukee in his last start. His bid for a no-hitter ended after 116 pitches. Castillo's single snapped Conley's hitless streak at 11 1/3 innings, dating back to his April 24 start at San Francisco. Matt Duffy singled with two outs in the fifth in that game.

"I thought as the game went on, it looked like an inning before, the velocity went down a tick, for me," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He didn't look as sharp. We knew we'd pushed him last outing. Coming into this outing, we were going to try to keep him shorter and not try to over-extend him."

Conley's 11 1/3 hitless streak broke the previous Marlins record for a starter, which was 10 innings, turned in three times -- Kevin Brown (June 10-16, 1997), Al Leiter (May 11-17, 1996) and Anibal Sanchez (Sept. 6-11, 2006). More >

Castillo's line-drive single

Back in the swing of it: Jean Segura returned to a familiar role at the top of the D-backs' lineup. The leadoff hitter singled in the sixth inning in his first start since experiencing hip discomfort in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Rockies. He finished 2-for-4.

"He said he felt good, still not 100 percent yet, but [good enough to play and contribute]," Hale said of Segura, who had two of the team's five hits.

Nothing extra: Five Marlins pitchers combined on the shutout. In addition, they held the D-backs to five hits, all singles. It was the first time all season that the D-backs did not have an extra-base hit. Coming into the game, they were second in the Majors with 103 extra-base hits. 

"It's hard to score runs when you don't get too many hits," Hale said. "We're just not swinging it right now." More >

Johnson's big RBI: Johnson's first RBI as a Marlin turned into a crucial one. The veteran, getting the start at first base as Justin Bour rests a dislocated left pinkie, ripped a two-out run-scoring double to deep right field in the fourth inning. The hit drove in Miami's second run, providing a little breathing room.

Johnson's RBI double

"Really, it's the same thing I've always seen. He's doing a great job of executing. He's working really quickly. When he gets the ball on the mound, he's ready to throw the next pitch. That's something you love on defense to play behind him." -- Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, on Conley's hot streak

Realmuto went hitless in four at-bats, snapping his 10-game hitting streak.

The Marlins challenged the swipe tag of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on Realmuto with one out in the fifth inning. Third baseman Brandon Drury bobbled the hot grounder, and his throw pulled Goldschmidt off the base, as he swiped at Realmuto. The Marlins asked for replay to determine if the tag was indeed made. After a review of 2 minutes and 35 seconds, the call stood.

Realmuto out after challenge

The D-backs challenged, to no avail, a double play turned by the Marlins in the fifth. The replay, which took 2 minutes and 39 seconds, confirmed the out call at second base and also allowed the call to stand that the throw from Marlins second baseman Dietrich to first baseman Johnson beat Goldschmidt by an eyelash.

Marlins turn two

D-backs: Zack Greinke takes the hill at 4:35 p.m. MT on Friday when the D-backs open a three-game series in Atlanta. The 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner and last year's NL Cy Young runner-up is 2-0 over his last four starts and has given up two runs or fewer in three of those four outings.

Marlins: After winning their third straight series, the Marlins face the Phillies for the first time at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday. Lefty Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.26 ERA) goes for Miami in the series opener, with Philadelphia countering with hard-throwing right-hander Vince Velasquez (4-1, 1.44).

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor for covering the D-backs on Thursday.

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