Bullpen, defense secure combined one-hitter

Bullpen, defense secure combined one-hitter

MIAMI -- When Adam Conley faltered in the sixth inning of Miami's 5-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night, the bullpen stepped up to toss the club's 16th one-hitter.

Conley, Nick Wittgren, Kyle Barraclough, David Phelps and Dustin McGowan combined to hold the Rockies to just one run on one hit. The Marlins' last one-hitter came on May 4, 2013, against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

"I thought it was a good win," manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, it was a well-pitched game."

Miami's solid defense played a pivotal role in limiting the Rockies. After Conley left the game in the sixth inning following a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch of Ryan Raburn, the game fell in the hands of Wittgren. With two outs and the bases still juiced, Mark Reynolds laced a ball Derek Dietrich's way. The second baseman dove to his left and snagged it.

Dietrich's diving stop

"They were able to break through there, but we were able to bounce right back," Mattingly said. "[Dietrich] gets him out there right away. It was really a solid game all the way through."

The defense again stood out to keep the one-hitter intact in the eighth, this time with Phelps on the mound. Miguel Rojas came in as a defensive replacement for Dietrich at second base and was tested right away. With one out, Rojas ranged to his left on a Carlos Gonzalez bouncer, slid then popped up and threw out the speedy Gonzalez at first.

Rojas makes nice play at second

"It was awesome," Conley said. "Wittgren obviously comes in and gets the big out. The other guys come in. Phelps has been consistent all year. It was an awesome effort from everyone."

Even more impressive about the one-hitter was that it came against the offensive-minded Rockies. Colorado leads the National League with a .271 average and ranks third with 335 runs.

"Yeah, they've got a good club," Mattingly said. "They're a good, [a] young club with some experience. They can swing the bats, and we did a nice job tonight."

Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.