Missing best stuff, Kelly grinds through 5

PHOENIX — The D-backs seemed primed for a come-from-behind win when Jordan Luplow hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game at 3, but an ugly ninth inning in which the Marlins scored eight times led to an 11-3 loss at Chase Field.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Wednesday, he felt good warming up and proceeded to give up three runs in the first two innings.

“Baseball’s a funny game,” Kelly said.

Kelly came into the game with a 1.22 ERA, second best in the National League and third in all of baseball among qualifiers, and while he didn’t get the results he wanted Wednesday, he did find a way to last five innings without giving up any more runs.

“I was happy with that,” Kelly said. “Look up and [I’ve thrown] 50 pitches through two, so I was happy that I was able to keep [us] in the game.”

Getting through five was something the D-backs needed, with relievers Joe Mantiply and Keynan Middleton unavailable due to a stomach bug.

“It wasn’t an easy day for Merrill,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “I thought he was just grinding from the first inning on, but he managed to get on a roll in innings three, four and five, which [helped because] we were a little short in the bullpen today.”

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