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Adam Conley, Christian Yelich lead streaking Marlins past Diamondbacks

Marlins Adam Conley pitches and keeps the Diamondbacks scoreless late in fourth inning on Thurs., May 5, 2016 as the Miami Marlins played against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
Marlins Adam Conley pitches and keeps the Diamondbacks scoreless late in fourth inning on Thurs., May 5, 2016 as the Miami Marlins played against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. cjuste@miamiherald.com

Adam Conley is no Johnny Vander Meer. But he’s the closest thing the Marlins have ever had to the only pitcher in major league history to throw consecutive no-hitters.

While the red-hot Marlins were in the process of sweeping the Diamondbacks with a 4-0 victory Thursday, Conley set the team record for consecutive hitless innings by a starting pitcher: 11 1/3.

The Marlins, meanwhile, have won 10 of their past 11 games.

The 25-year-old lefty is part of the reason for the team’s sudden success.

“He’s just been on a mission to be something,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly. “It’s early. It’s a long year. And there’s a ways to go. But, obviously, we’re seeing signs that this kid could be something special.”

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks about the Miami Marlins' sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 5, 2016.

Conley took a no-hitter into the fourth before Wellington Castillo ended his latest bid with a two-out single. He had pitched 7 2/3 hitless innings in his previous start on Friday in Milwaukee.

And get this: Conley said he felt “sluggish” on the mound Thursday.

“Today I kind of felt tired,” said Conley, who had thrown a career-high 116 pitches in his last outing and was lifted in the sixth on Thursday after throwing just 88 pitches. “But I don’t think it was related to the pitch count from the start before. It was just one of those days where physically, I was a little sluggish.”

Try telling that to the Diamondbacks.

Arizona managed just two hits off Conley, and failed to score against him.

“Today the change-up was kind of a swing and miss pitch, so I tried to exploit that early on,” Conley said.

Adam Conley set the Miami Marlins record for consecutive hitless innings in a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 5, 2016.

Conley came out with one out in the sixth, though. He would have preferred to remain in the game, but understood the decision.

“I was more upset getting pulled this game than I was from the no-hit game because the no-hit game I was at 116 (pitches) and kind of felt it was coming,” he said. “This time I felt like I had more left in the tank.”

Conley was in long enough to register his second win of the season, though. The previous record for a Marlins starter was 10 consecutive hitless innings, shared by Al Leiter, Kevin Brown and Anibal Sanchez -- each of whom tossed a no-hitter in the process.

“He’s always been kind of a bulldog to me,” said J.T. Realmuto, who was behind the plate on Thursday and caught Conley in the minors. “Especially right now, you can see the fire in his eyes. He’s got of a lot of confidence right now.”

But it was plenty enough for Conley and the Marlins’ bullpen, which continued to shine by covering the final 3 1/3 innings with scoreless pitching. The Marlins used four relievers to record the final 11 outs after Conley was lifted.

Adam Conley is no Johnny Vander Meer.

But he’s the closest thing the Marlins have ever had to the only pitcher in major league history to throw consecutive no-hitters.

While the red-hot Marlins were in the process of sweeping the Diamondbacks with a 4-0 victory Thursday night, Conley set the team record for consecutive hitless innings by a starting pitcher: 11 1/3.

Conley took a no-hitter into the fourth before Wellington Castillo ended his latest bid with a two-out single. He had pitched 7 2/3 hitless innings in his previous start on Friday in Milwaukee.

The Marlins have now won 10 of their past 11 games. It’s only the fifth time in franchise history that they have won 10 times during any 11-game stretch.

Conley was superb again in picking up his second win. The previous record for a Marlins starter was 10 consecutive hitless innings, shared by Al Leiter, Kevin Brown and Anibal Sanchez — each of whom tossed a no-hitter in the process.

The Marlins didn’t do much offensively, coming up with runs in the second and fourth on RBI hits by Derek Dietrich and Chris Johnson. Christian Yelich hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

But it was plenty enough for Conley and the Marlins’ bullpen, which continued to shine by covering the final 3 1/3 innings with scoreless pitching.

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