Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins throws a no-hitter against Arizona.
MIAMI — Edinson Volquez’s day was nearly over after three pitches. And he strongly considered leaving the game after five innings because of sharp ankle pain.
A couple hours later, nothing was hurting.
He stuck around — and pitched the game of his life.
Volquez (2-7) threw the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history, facing the minimum 27 batters Saturday and beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0.
Tied for the major league lead in losses when the game began, he struck out 10 batters, and the two baserunners who reached on walks were erased by double plays.
He needed 98 pitches, the last of those striking out Chris Owings to end the game.
“When I passed the seventh, I said, ‘I’m going to go for it,’ ” Volquez said. “And I got it.”
It’s the first no-hitter in the majors since Jake Arrieta did it for the Chicago Cubs on April 21, 2016, at Cincinnati, and the first time Arizona was no-hit since the Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez threw one Sept. 6, 2006.
Volquez was nearly knocked out of the game after one batter, when he collided with leadoff man Rey Fuentes while covering first base, rolled an ankle and took a hard fall.
“I thought I broke my ankle,” he said, jokingly.
The 33-year-old righhander was one of the pitchers Miami acquired in the offseason in part to fill the void caused by the death of ace Jose Fernandez, who died in a boat crash in September.
Fernandez was very much on Volquez’s mind Saturday.
So was Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City pitcher who was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic in January. Saturday would have been Ventura’s 26th birthday. He and Volquez were not just countrymen, but close friends.
“It was special for me to dedicate the game to him,” Volquez said.
Volquez’s first season in Miami started badly. The Marlins lost eight of his first nine starts and Volquez dropped his first seven decisions.
But Saturday was a different story.
“Great mentor, great leader on the team,” catcher J.T. Realmuto said, as three workers on the field dug up the rubber for Volquez. “It’s really awesome to see a guy like that get an accomplishment like this.”
It was the Marlins’ first no-hitter since Henderson Alvarez pitched one against the Detroit Tigers on the final day of the 2013 regular season.