Charles Leblanc was shut out for the first time since joining Major League Baseball, but he still helped the Miami Marlins win 3-0 over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
The win ends a nine-game losing streak for the Marlins.
Leblanc went to bat four times and hit the trails in the sixth inning when he inherited a walk. He reached third base, but was caught off guard by an accurate throw from catcher Michael Papierski on a steal attempt at second base by a teammate.
On the sequence, Papierski feigned to throw at second base, but he instead held back his gesture to put it back at third base and surprise Leblanc, who had gone too far.
Jesús Aguilar hit a long homer to the left, his 13th homer of the season. Luke Williams hit three hits in the win.
Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched a full game for the Marlins, his third of the season. However, this is his very first shutout. He earned a tenth win this season in 14 decisions. He allowed six hits and struck out three.
Alcantara is the first Marlins pitcher to reach 10 wins since Caleb Smith, who scored as many during the 2019 season.
Mike Minor (1-8) took the loss. He left the game after 5.1 innings. The southpaw gave up three runs on five hits. He also walked three and struck out six.
The Reds loaded up the bases in the first inning with two outs, but Alcantara managed to get out of trouble.
In other matches:
Philadelphia 3 – Atlanta 1
PHI: Nick Castellanos broke the tie with a two-run homer in the 8th. Zack Wheeler (10-5) was the winning pitcher.
ATL: Charlie Morton went three scoreless hits in 6.2 innings. He also had eight strikeouts.
New York Mets 9 – Washington 5
NYM: Daniel Vogelbach hit a grand slam. Pete Alonso hit his 28th of the season.
WAS: Keibert Ruiz and Lane Thomas homered in the ninth as the Nats scored their five runs.
Milwaukee 7 – Pittsburgh 8
MIL: four RBIs and two hits for Willy Adames
PIT: Bryan Reynolds gave his team the victory with a home run in the bottom of the 9th
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 – San Francisco 0
THE D : in his first Major League game, Miguel Vargas drove in two runs. Julio Urias (11-6) went six innings, striking out seven batters
FS: three hits for Joey Bart
Chicago Cubs – St. Louis (game postponed)