Henderson Alvarez has pitched much like an ace while trying to help the Miami Marlins overcome the season-ending injury to star Jose Fernandez.
Not even a stint on the disabled list could cool off the right-hander.
Alvarez will try to win his fourth straight start Friday night when the Marlins try to resume their push for a playoff spot as they open a nine-game road trip with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.
After missing the first half of August with right shoulder inflammation, Alvarez (9-5, 2.43 ERA) wasted little time returning to the stopper role he assumed after Fernandez went down in May.
The 24-year-old held Arizona to a run over seven innings Saturday in a 2-1 victory.
Alvarez is 3-0 with a 1.23 mark in his last three starts. He's limited opponents to two runs or fewer in 13 of his last 14 starts - Miami has won 12 of those - while going 7-2 with a 1.70 ERA.
"I'm just trying to do my best for me and for my team," Alvarez, fourth in the NL in ERA, told MLB's ...