PHOENIX (AP) — Trevor Rogers pitched six strong innings and Jesús Aguilar had three more hits to lead the Miami Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Thursday night.
Rogers (5-2) has been one of the top rookies in the National League. He allowed one run and four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.READ MORE: $432M Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Manhattan As Powerball Jackpot Reaches $490M
While several opposing teams have received an up-close look at how good Rogers can be, his friends and family got their first glimpse of him on a major league mound at Chase Field.
“It was great. They haven’t seen me pitch,” Rogers said. “I could hear them every pitch. My high school coach was yelling — it was like back in high school, him coaching me.”
Miguel Rojas, Corey Dickerson and Adam Duvall each had two hits and an RBI for the Marlins, who earned a split of the four-game series.
After going 9 for 17 with three homers and seven RBIs in the series, Aguilar is batting .362 on the road this season. He has reached base safely in all 18 games away from home and has a hit in 17 of those 18 games.
For the Marlins, this series marked the first four games of a 10-game road trip. After a rocky start, they responded with a pair of victories.
“It was good getting these wins, splitting the series, getting this trip started,” manager Don Mattingly said.READ MORE: Haitian Migrant Supporters Flood Miami Street, Demand They Be Allowed To Stay, Seek Asylum
Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly (2-4) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while striking out four and walking two.
“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We had a couple opportunities that we sprinkled in there, but we couldn’t get a big hit at the right time.”
The Marlins opened the scoring in the third when Magneuris Sierra doubled and scored on Rojas’ single.
Arizona tied it in the fifth when Tim Locastro led off with a ground-rule double into the pool in right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Pavin Smith.
Miami regained the lead in the sixth on an RBI single by Brian Anderson.
The Marlins tacked on three in the seventh. Kelly was pulled after a one-out walk to pinch-hitter Garrett Cooper. Chris Devenski gave up a double to Rojas and then three straight RBI singles, to Aguilar, Dickerson and Duvall.
Dylan Floro, Anthony Bender and Anthony Bass each threw a scoreless inning of relief to help secure the victory.MORE NEWS: Florida Revised COVID-19 School Rule Short Circuits Legal Challenge By Five School Districts
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