With the tying run on third in the eighth inning Tuesday, A.J. Ramos faced two Rockies' hitters. He got ahead of both 0-2 and threw nothing but sliders to both from that point. Wilin Rosario watched four drop out of the zone and jogged to first. Nolan Arenado watched one drop right into Jarrod Saltalamacchia's awaiting target and walked back to his position on the infield.

A season after going 34-55 in games decided by two runs or fewer, the Marlins are 1-0 after holding off the Rockies 4-3 at Marlins Park. The Marlins, who doubled their win total from a year ago with the roof open (1-13), didn't come close to duplicating their 14-hit output from Opening Night. They won't have to all that often if these first two games are indicative of how the club will pitch in 2014.

Closer Steve Cishek followed up Ramos' escape act with a perfect ninth for his 30th save in as many opportunities dating back to last June 8.

"I started it a little more inside than the other sliders," Ramos said, of the pitch to Arenado that ended the eighth. "As soon as I threw it I was like, 'OK, that might be too much of the plate.' Then I saw his reaction to it [leaning back] and that's when I spun off like 'He's not swinging at that, and if he does he's going to miss it.'"

Starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) followed up Jose Fernandez's stellar performance in the opener with a good one of his own. He turned in a quality start, allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts through six.