Lucas Delivers Walk-Off Single In Extra-Innings Victory
Marlins Win Game One In Walk-Off Fashion
The Marlins were able to get back on the winning track tonight with a walk-off victory against the Phillies in eleven innings.
Henderson Alvarez got the start and kept the Marlins early lead intact with seven strong innings. He allowed just two earned runs on seven hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.
The Marlins were down 2-0 early in this one on on RBI singles by Chase Utley (1st) and Dominic Brown (4th), but they wouldn't let the Phillies keep their lead for long.
The Marlins wouldn't leave this a tie game for long, either, as they scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Stanton, scoring Christian Yelich, and a passed ball by A.J. Burnett that allowed Stanton to score to make it 4-2 in their favor.
The game would remain 4-2 in the Marlins favor until the top of the eighth inning, but Kevin Gregg couldn't hold it as he gave up his second blown save of the season. Back-to-back solo home runs by Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche tied the game at four.
The Marlins bullpen combined to throw the next 3 1/3 inning of scoreless baseball to bring us to the bottom of the eleventh, when Miami sent everyone home happy.
With the win, the Marlins are three games under .500 on the season but on the heels of their four-game losing streak still remain 5.5 games back of the first place Braves.
The Marlins will look to remain in the win column tomorrow night, but they will have to do so against a tough opponent in Cole Hamels (2-4, 2.84).
Miami will counter with Tom Koehler (5-6, 3.70) and the fact that they still have their home field to their advantage, as they are tied with the Los Angeles Angels for the most home wins in baseball (26).