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Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara throws MLB-most 3rd complete game

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MIAMI — Sandy Alcantara played his third full game in the major leagues and the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 3–0.

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The All-Star right-hander allowed six hits, walked one and scored three over 105 pitches, his third career local match. Alcantara (10-4) became the first Marlins pitcher to hit double-digit wins in a season since Caleb Smith won 10 in 2019.

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“I am very happy about this, I hope there will be not 10, but 15 or 20,” said Alcantara.

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Alcantara tied a tie with Houston Framber Valdes for leading the league in completed games.

Luke Williams had three hits and stole a career-high three bases while Jesus Aguilar a home run to the Marlins, who were on a nine-game losing streak at home.

The Reds loaded the bases and with two strikeouts in the first, but Alcantara retired Donovan Solano on the strength of the house and Aristides Aquinas on the fly to the left field.

After being forced by Cincinnati to throw 22 innings in half, Alcantara needed 83 for the rest of his game.

“Coming out of that was very important,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. “At that moment, I felt that he was going to calm down, and they got a full dose of Sandy.”

Leading up to the All-Star break, Alcantara completed at least seven innings in 13 consecutive games. But he only lasted 11 innings in his first two starts after the break.

“Pitching just one inning in the All-Star Game knocked me out of my rhythm,” Alcantara said. “That inning delayed me a bit. But now we’re fine.”

Aguilar gave Miami a 1–0 lead with his solo shot in the fourth round. He drove the runner from the red starter Mike Minor to places left for his 13th homer and the first Marlins lead in the series.

Garret CooperA double double in the fifth made the score 3-0. Williams made a single shot, stole the second and was ahead in a double interception after Billy Hamilton walked.

“I think this is part of the game that will start to come back,” Williams said of his base steal. “Obviously it’s part of my game and it’s very interesting.”

Small (1-8) was dropped after 5 1/3 innings. The southpaw allowed three runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six.

“I just knew it’s hard to get a win with a guy like that who’s going to go deep,” Minor said. “He kind of gave us hope in the first inning and then he came out of it. The guy is good.”


The Marlins activated Cooper from the wounded list, and the Reds withdrew the SS. Jose Barrero from Triple-A Louisville. After Wednesday’s call-up, Barrero became the 31st Cuban player to play for a major league team this season, surpassing the previous record in the history of the Caribbean nation.

“I am honored to be 31st and also very lucky to represent our country in the big leagues,” Barrero said in Spanish.


Mattingly fondly recalled the years he became close to Vin Scully. The Hall of Famer broadcaster who called Los Angeles Dodgers games their 67th anniversary died on Tuesday. Before joining the Marlins in 2016, Mattingly managed the Dodgers for five seasons.

“In a way, Vin was an artist because of the way he drew the game and shaped your idea of ​​how you watch the game or listen to it,” Mattingly said. “I was very lucky to have a few short moments with him where we could talk about anything when you have a 20 minute bus ride.”


Reds: return C Aramis Garcia will be delayed after an MRI revealed a fracture of his bruised left middle finger.

Marlins: OF avisail garcia (left hamstring strain) was listed as an injury for 10 days. Garcia went out in the third inning on Tuesday.


Neither club has announced a starter for their next series. The Reds will continue their 10-game trip on Friday to Milwaukee, while the Marlins will start a three-game set on Friday with the Chicago Cubs.


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