Sep 29, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Not much has gone right for the Miami Marlins this season and even nine hitless innings by pitcher Henderson Alvarez hasn't been enough for a victory.
Alvarez has held the Detroit Tigers - and a pretty much representative lineup for an otherwise meaningless game on the final day of the regular season - without a hit, but Justin Verlander and three relievers kept the game scoreless into extra innings.
But there was no suspense about a perfect game, because Alvarez hit Prince Fielder with a pitch with two out in the first inning. The only other Detroit baserunners were Jose Iglesias, who reached first with two out in the fifth inning on an error by Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria, and a two-out walk in the ninth to Andy Dirks.
Alvarez quickly recovered from that to strike out Matt Tuiasosopo and force the game to the bottom of the ninth, hitless.
The only big name missing for Detroit is third baseman Miguel Cabrera, given a day off in anticipation of the playoffs that begin Friday for the Tigers.
Alvarez, 23, was one of the players in a 12-player trade with Toronto last offseason.