Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (right) celebrates with teammate left fielder Juan Pierre (left) after throwing a no-hitter to defeat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 at Marlins Ballpark.(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
MIAMI (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Henderson Alvarez threw a no-hitter, which cemented with a walk-off wild pitch as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Marlins, 1-0, today in Miami.
In the eighth, Brayan Pena and Nick Castellanos grounded out and Ramon Santiago struck out. In the ninth, pinch hitter Alex Avila and Don Kelly grounded out to the pitcher. Andy Dirks then walked but Tuiasosopo struck out. But it was not an official no-hitter because the game was still scoreless.
Luke Putkonen gave up a one-out single to Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth. Logan Morrison followed with a single to right, pushing Stanton to second. Then against Adeiny Hechavarria, Porcello uncorked a wild pitch pushing the runners into scoring position. Hechavarria then grounded out to Jhonny Peralta at short and the runners stayed put. After Chris Coghlan walked, pinch hitter Greg Dobbs. Putkonen (1-3) then threw a pitch in the dirt and past Pena, allowing Stanton to score the game-winning run.
Justin Verlander struck out 10 in six innings, allowing just three hits and a walk on 80 pitches.
The Tigers, which end the regular season at 93-69 and with the their third straight AL Central Division title, now prepare for the American League Division Series against the Athletics. Game 1 is Friday in Oakland, Calif.
Peralta made his third straight start in leftfield. He then replaced Jose Iglesias at shortstop in the seventh.
In the first, Verlander gave up a two-out single to Justin Ruggiano, who got to second on Verlander's errant pickoff attempt at first. But Stanton struck out. In the third, Juan Pierre hit a two-out single, but got Ed Lucas to fly out to right.
Verlander also worked around a one-out walk in the fifth and a one-out Lucas single in the sixth.
Alvarez allowed just three baserunners on a walk, a hit batter and an error, on 99 pitches. Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was the last Marlin to throw a no-hitter, Sept. 6, 2006 against the Diamondbacks.
Alvarez (5-6) kept the Tigers offense in check for much of the afternoon. He hit Prince Fielder with a pitch with two away in the first, but got Peralta to fly out. That was the first of 12 straight retired by Alvarez, until Iglesias reached on an error by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria with two out in the fifth. But Santiago grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Tigers did not start or play All-Stars Miguel Cabrera or Torii Hunter or regulars Austin Jackson or Victor Martinez.
Doug Fister, who is in line for a long layoff with the playoffs coming up, came in to pitch in the seventh. He gave up a two-out single to Chris Coghlan, but got out of the inning.
Rick Porcello, scheduled to come out of the bullpen in the postseason, did just that in the eighth. He had a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts.
BY KIRKLAND CRAWFORD - DFP