Marlins' Volquez throwing no-hitter through 8 versus Arizona

Laura Christensen
June 4, 2017

The 33-year-old starting pitcher tossed the first no-hitter of his career in a 3-0 Miami win over the Diamondbacks throwing a mere 98 pitches in the process.

Volquez finished with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Giancarlo Stanton matched a career high by scoring three times, and his 15th home run of the season put Miami ahead for good as the Marlins topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Friday night.

On the second play of the game, Volquez was almost removed by manager Don Mattingly after appearing to tweak his ankle.

Maybe the most incredible aspect of Volquez's no-hitter was that he injured his ankle on a collision at first base in the first inning and had to show trainers he could stay in the game.

Volquez pitched the rest of the game with a bandaged right ankle, but he thought the injury was much worse when it happened. In a postgame interview, Volquez said he dedicated today's game to Ventura and former Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident in 2016.

Volquez's career as a well-traveled journeyman - Miami is the seventh Major League Baseball city he's called home - has featured highs before, from his one-hit shutout for the Padres in 2012 to his quality start for the Royals in Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, which Kansas City won in extra innings to clinch the title.

Schwarber homered on the first pitch after Mike Leake allowed two singles and hit a batter to load the bases in the seventh. "And I got it". Pinch hitters Daniel Descalso and Owings were also retired on third strikes.

Volquez's no-no came on what would have been the 26th birthday of Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City Royals pitcher who died after a vehicle accident in their native Dominican Republic in January. His no-hitter comes on the same day as what would have been Ventura's 26th birthday. Along the way, the two Dominican right-handers forged a close friendship.

"It was special for me to dedicate the game to him", Volquez said.

Yankees hit 4 homers in 8th, Montgomery beats Blue Jays 7-0 TORONTO - Brett Gardner, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius all hit solo home runs in the eighth inning, leading Jordan Montgomery and the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0 on Saturday.

Volquez is the epitome of a baseball journeyman.

He was an All-Star in 2008, when he went 17-6 with Cincinnati and was basically the lone bright spot for the Reds in what was a dismal season. The Marlins are his seventh franchise in his 13 big-league seasons, and he came into Saturday with just a 90-86 career record.

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (blister) had his bullpen session pushed back a second time to Saturday, and he won't start as scheduled in Sunday's series finale.

Greinke (7-3) allowed two runs, one earned, and moved into a tie for the NL lead in victories.

Marlins: 3B Martin Prado (hamstring) has been taking ground balls and is continuing to work his way back, with the expectation remaining that he could return within two weeks.

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