Lucas Delivers Walk-Off Single In Extra-Innings Victory

Marlins Win Game One In Walk-Off Fashion

Ed Lucas

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.

In the bottom of the fourth, Miami answered back with two runs of their own on a two-run single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, scoring Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee.

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.

Jeff Baker singled to lead off the eleventh inning off Justin De Fratus, and after a sacrifice bunt by Yelich, Ed Lucas delivered the game-winning hit:

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.

Tomorrow’s Probables:

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).

Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.