ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs’ Madison Bumgarner wins 1st start since ejection vs. Marlins

May 10, 2022, 11:34 PM | Updated: May 11, 2022, 7:40 am
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning...

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the hottest teams in the league and in Madison Bumgarner’s first start since his ejection in Miami, he shook off some early rust to grab a 9-3 win over the Marlins on Tuesday at Chase Field.

Bumgarner (2-1, 1.78 ERA) and the D-backs fell behind early due to a two-run shot from Marlins’ Jorge Soler in the first inning. The D-backs pitcher threw 24 pitches and gave up four hits in the inning.

Luckily for Bumgarner, Arizona’s offense picked up the slack in the bottom of the frame due to a game-tying home run from Jordan Luplow.

“I actually felt really good early on in the game,” Bumgarner said postgame. “They put some pretty good swings on the ball early and I was able to adjust, keep moving the ball around and get better in a win.”

Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo (2-3, 4.03 ERA) struggled to throw the ball for strikes out of the gate, throwing a 40-pitch first inning that included 18 balls, 22 strikes, two walks and two hits surrendered. He finished the game with four earned runs on 78 pitches in just 2.2 innings pitched.

The D-backs offense exploded with two outs in the third inning. Nick Ahmed kicked it off with a single that plated Ketel Marte and moved Christian Walker to second, giving the Diamondbacks their first lead of the night. Geraldo Perdomo followed suit with another RBI single that doubled the lead.

Then entered the franchise’s No. 1 prospect Alek Thomas, who smoked a double to left field that scored Ahmed and gave the D-backs a three-run lead. Perdomo later came around to score, giving Arizona four third-inning runs.

This was Thomas’ first big league run batted in:

Bumgarner really settled in after the 24-pitch, four-hit first inning, finishing the day with 6.1 innings pitched, two earned runs, five strikeouts and one walk.

“He pitched into the seventh inning and got a big out,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “I thought he had real good stuff, he just got clipped with a two-run home run. … He settled in after that and got moving in the right direction.”

The D-backs did not face many threatening opportunities after the first inning.

A collective group of Bumgarner, J.B. Wendelken and Keynan Middleton all shut the game down from innings two through eight, only allowing two hits in that time.

Arizona added some insurance runs in the eighth, extending their four-run lead to 9-2. Thomas hit his second-career RBI and came around to score in the inning.

Caleb Smith came in to close in the ninth and surrendered three hits while giving up one run.

Heading into Tuesday’s matchup, Zac Gallen (No. 2, 0.95 ERA), Kelly (No. 4, 1.22) and Bumgarner (No. 8, 1.50) gave the D-backs a league-best three of the top eight pitchers in ERA. No other team has two in the top 10.

Arizona has now opened the year 5-0 against the Marlins after sweeping them in Miami earlier this month.

MILESTONE

With Tuesday’s win, Lovullo became the winningest manager in D-backs history with 354 wins. Kirk Gibson held the record previously.

“It’s awesome and a great feeling,” Lovullo said. “I’m honored and humbled but the win total is not just about me, it’s about an entire organization.”

UP NEXT

Merrill Kelly (3-1, 1.22 ERA) will take the mound for the D-backs in the final game of the series against Miami.

In his last start, Kelly went 8.2 innings with one run and eight strikeouts.

The D-backs go for the back-to-back sweeps over Miami on Wednesday at 12:40 p.m on ESPN 620 AM or 98.7 FM HD-2.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks Jordan Luplow celebrates with Cooper Hummel (21) after hitting a two run home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed reacts after striking out against the Miami Marlins in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Miami Marlins catcher Payton Henry gets looked at by the trainer after getting hit with a foul ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Miami Marlins Jorge Soler, right, celebrates with Miguel Rojas after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks Geraldo Perdomo reacts after hitting an RBI single against the Miami Marlins in the third inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks Ketel Marte (4) scores a run on a single hit by Nick Ahmed in the third inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks Geraldo Perdomo scores a run on a wild pitch by Miami Marlins pitcher Louis Head (38) in the third inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks Geraldo Perdomo (2) dives back into third base after Miami Marlins third baseman Erik Gonzalez (9) looks for the ball in the third inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo takes out starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) out of the game in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Miami Marlins third baseman Erik Gonzalez turns the double play while avoiding Arizona Diamondbacks Cooper Hummel (21) on a ball hit by Ketel Marte in the fourth inning during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Caleb Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Jose Herrera (36) after defeating the Miami Marlins 9-3 during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) celebrates with shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) after defeating the Miami Marlins 9-3 and becoming the winningest manager in franchise history during a baseball game, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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