Jennings gets 1st win, Marlins top Orioles 1-0 in 13 innings
MIAMI (AP) New Miami Marlins manager Dan Jennings splashed around in the nightclub swimming pool adjacent to the team's clubhouse, surrounded by a dozen of his players whooping it up shortly before midnight.
The Marlins played six games and went 13 innings Saturday before managing a 1-0 victory over Baltimore for Jennings. Then they threw a celebration worth waiting for.
Jennings was unable to pinpoint who dunked him in the pool.
''No, the shaving cream pretty well blocked my vision,'' he said with a laugh. ''It's the best, dirtiest bath I've ever had.''
Martin Prado started the fun with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the 13th and the Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak, improving to 1-8 on a homestand that included a managerial change.
''Everybody is so happy,'' Prado said. ''It has been a tough week and a half. Everybody was trying so hard to win a game. Everybody was trying to be a hero, but sometimes it doesn't happen.''
This time it did. Five Miami relievers combined to pitch the final seven innings while allowing only two baserunners. Carter Capps (1-0) struck out six in the final three innings.
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz was ejected in the 12th after umpire crew chief Paul Emmel inspected the left-hander's right forearm. The issue was raised by Jennings, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't argue.
''I went out there and told the pitcher I was going to touch his right forearm,'' Emmel said. ''That's where he was touching before he went to the ball. I detected a foreign substance, so the pitcher was ejected.''
Matusz declined to say much about the matter.
''We're not going to address the issue right now,'' he said. ''Obviously I have my own personal opinions about the issue, but right now with emotions running high we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time.''
Adeiny Hechavarria walked to start the 13th against Matusz's replacement, T.J. McFarland (0-1). Hechavarria took third on a two-out single by Marcell Ozuna. Giancarlo Stanton was then intentionally walked to load the bases.
Prado lined a 1-1 pitch into right-center field and was mobbed by his teammates, while a grinning Jennings traded hugs with his coaching staff.
''This is not about me,'' Jennings said. ''Am I thrilled to have a first win as a manager? You bet. But much more important to me as a manager is to break an eight-game losing streak.''
Baltimore's Mike Wright allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings and has yet to give up a run through 14 innings in two career starts. The last of his 98 pitches was a 96 mph fastball to strike out Michael Morse with runners at the corners to end the seventh.
Wright's scoreless streak to begin his career is the longest by an Orioles pitcher since Dave Ford started with 15 consecutive shutout innings in 1978, according to STATS.
Drake, recalled before the game from Triple-A Norfolk, pitched three scoreless innings in his major league debut.
The Orioles went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, with the only hit by Wright.
Miami center fielder Ozuna kept the game scoreless in the sixth when he threw out Travis Snider trying to score from second on Wright's two-out single, the first career hit for the pitcher.
Dan Haren threw six scoreless innings for the Marlins and departed for a pinch-hitter after throwing 115 pitches. He didn't receive the victory but was glad Jennings did.
''We wanted a win for him,'' Haren said. ''It has been a tough week. I'm glad he can finally go home and enjoy the night.''
Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki surpassed Babe Ruth for 42nd place on the career hits list with his 2,875th hit Friday.
''He's one of the big names of history,'' Suzuki said through an interpreter. ''This would be a different story if I tied Babe Ruth in home runs.''
Mike Weaver, son of Orioles Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, threw out the first pitch. He was accompanied by Earl's widow, Marianna.
Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson, who earned his first major league victory pitching in relief Friday, was optioned before the game to Norfolk.
Orioles RHP Bud Norris (bronchitis) will make his second rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Bowie.
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.24) is scheduled to start the series finale Sunday for the Orioles against RHP Tom Koehler (2-3, 3.70).