Volquez relieved to get first win under his belt

Right-hander ends 16-start winless streak that started in August last season

Volquez relieved to get first win under his belt

MIAMI -- After a bumpy start to the season, Edinson Volquez was taken on a wild and exhilarating ride on Monday night following the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

To celebrate Volquez's first victory of the season, the Marlins players gave the 33-year-old right-hander the rookie treatment, going all out in the clubhouse celebration.

"That's how I feel right now, like my first win in the big leagues," Volquez said. "It's been so long. I'm going to go home really happy tonight."

They placed Volquez, who allowed one run on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings Monday, in a laundry basket and wheeled him around the clubhouse.

"They put me in a little cart and drove me all over the clubhouse and into the shower, shampoo, beer, whatever," Volquez said. "They were so happy. Those guys were trying so hard to get me a win. It finally showed tonight."

Volquez gets Hernandez looking

Miami's Opening Day starter, Volquez was 0-7 and hadn't won since Aug. 25, 2016, while he was with the Royals. On that night, he was victorious against the Marlins, also in Miami.

The Marlins have now won back-to-back games for the first time since April 22-23 at San Diego, and Volquez's stretch of 16 starts without a victory is now over.

Miami needed Volquez to be on point against Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson, who entered the night 4-2 with a 2.61 ERA lifetime against Miami.

"He made pitches on us," Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp said.

Volquez strikes out Joseph

In the first inning, the Phillies threatened, putting two on with two out. Volquez retired Michael Saunders on a fly ball to left field, which started a stretch of 13 straight Phillies retired until Hellickson led off the sixth with a walk.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn't think Volquez had pitched too badly in his first nine starts of the season before getting his first win in start No. 10. But his 8.29 strikeouts per nine innings and 5.59 walks per nine showed he was throwing a lot of pitches.

"He's kept us in a lot of those games, but the wildness has been the biggest difference with him," Mattingly said. "A lot of walks. Hopefully we're getting rid of that, and getting in with more normal stuff."

Mattingly on Volquez's outing

Volquez pounded the zone on Monday, and of the 22 batters he faced, he had 16 first-pitch strikes.

"I was really aggressive in the strike zone today," Volquez said. " It helped me a lot to be ahead in the count."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.