EditorsNote: Corrects misspelled name (Casali) and adds note on NL batting title race
Rookie Isaac Galloway hit a one-out, walk-off double to the right field corner in the 10th inning to lead the host Miami Marlins to a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Another rookie, Brian Anderson, started the rally with a one-out double. He scored the winning run when Galloway pounced on a 3-2 slider from reliever David Hernandez (5-2).
Reliever Kyle Barraclough (1-6) earned the win after pitching two-thirds of an inning.
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett, who entered the game hitting .318 and just one point behind Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich for the National League batting lead, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Gennett’s average dropped to .316, while Yelich’s climbed to .320 with a 2-for-4 effort against the Pirates.
Neither starting pitcher earned a decision despite both pitching exceptionally well.
Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen allowed just three hits, no walks and no runs in seven innings, striking out eight. He lowered his overall ERA to 4.66 and his home ERA to 1.62, which is the best mark in the National League. His road ERA of 9.29 is the worst in the majors, however.
Since this is Miami’s final home series of the year, Chen will finish the season with the sixth-best home ERA in franchise history.
Chen worked around leadoff doubles by Curt Casali in the third and Phillip Ervin in the fifth. Chen also retired the last nine batters he faced and threw 96 total pitches, including 67 for strikes.
Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, traded by the Marlins to the Reds in January 2017 in a deal that brought pitcher Dan Straily to Miami, was even more brilliant than Chen. Castillo allowed just five hits, one walk and no runs in a career-high 8 1/3 innings. He struck out five and had 13 groundouts to just one fly out.
In two career starts against the Marlins, Castillo has allowed just one run in 16 1/3 innings.
On Friday, Castillo worked around a one-out double by Derek Dietrich in the second but faced no other advancement that far until the ninth, when he allowed a single to Starlin Castro and a one-out walk by J.T. Realmuto.
Hernandez entered the game at that point and got Peter O’Brien to bounce into an inning-ending double play, sending the game to extra innings.
—Field Level Media