MIAMI (AP) — When Henderson Alvarez closed out his shutout with a strikeout, the right-hander spun on the mound and threw a celebratory uppercut that landed on his left shoulder.
That was as hard as he was hit all night.
Alvarez pitched a six-hitter for his second shutout this season, and the Miami Marlins won again at home, beating the New York Mets 3-0 Tuesday night.
Relying mostly on his sinker and changeup, Alvarez struck out seven, walked none and threw 111 pitches.
"I just concentrated on keeping my breaking ball down and letting the batter swing," he said.
Miami improved to a major league-best 16-5 at Marlins Park, and is 7-1 on the current homestand with one game left. The Marlins clinched the series and have won seven of their eight home series, but they're 2-10 on the road.
"We're playing with a lot of confidence right now," manager Mike Redmond said. "Hopefully we can finish it off Wednesday and go on the road and start winning some games out of our suitcase. That's big right now in our development process."
Alvarez (2-2) completed the victory by striking out Curtis Granderson on three pitches with a runner on third. He retired the side in order only three times but was helped by two double plays and a fine play by third baseman Casey McGehee, who threw out a batter from foul territory.
Alvarez's quick tempo helped the defense, McGehee said.
"When stuff is happening and you don't get flatfooted out there, it makes it easier," McGehee said. "You feel like you're in the flow of the game."
The victory took only 2:08.
"Nice to be able to get a little extra sleep for the 12:40 game Wednesday," Redmond said.
Alvarez's only other victory this year was a complete-game 7-0 victory over Seattle on April 19 — at home, of course. He now has four career shutouts, including a no-hitter against Detroit on the final day of last season.
He has the most shutouts of any active pitcher with 65 career starts or less.
"When you see nights like this, you realize this guy has a chance to be really, really good," Redmond said. "It just comes down to consistency for him."
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