Stanton Collects Three Hits, Tops 90 RBIs In Victory
The Marlins offese collected thirteen hits tonight by eight different players en route to winning the series opener against the Rockies at Coors Field. With the win in tonight’s series opener, Miami has now won the first game in each of the past six series.
Henderson Alvarez got the start tonight and even though he wasn’t at his best, he pitched well enough to keep the Marlins in the game. Overall, Alvarez allowed four earned runs on ten hits – including two home runs – and five strikeouts over six innings of work.
Even with tonight’s semi-rough outing, Alvarez’s ERA still sits at just 2.57 this season to go along with his now ten wins.
The Fish would get on the board first in this one in the top of the third inning, as three straight singles by Marcell Ozuna, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adeiny Hechavarria loaded the bases with no outs. Then, an RBI fielder’s choice by Donovan Solano and a sacrifice fly by Alvarez had the Marlins up 2-0.
Miami would extend their lead the following inning, as well, as back-to-back doubles by Jeff Baker (7) and Giancarlo Stanton (27) made it 3-0 Marlins. Two batters later, after Casey McGehee advanced Stanton to third with a groundball, Ozuna brought Stanton home with a sacrifice fly to center fielder Drew Stubbs.
In the bottom of the fourth, however, the Rockies would find their way on the board. A leadoff single by Charlie Blackmon followed by a two-run home run by Justin Morneau two batters later had Colorado in striking distance again, behind 4-2.
The Marlins would load the bases with nobody out against Franklin Morales again in the top of the fifth, and bases-loaded walks to McGehee and Saltalamacchia one hitter apart had the Fish’s lead back up to four at 6-2.
Colorado would repeat its performance in the fourth inning in the fifth inning as well, though, as a two-out single by Nolen Arenado and a two-run home run by Corey Dickerson had the Rockies behind by two again at 6-4.
Hech Shows Off Glove:
Hechavarria would show off his glove to the next batter though, as he ranged up the middle and made a spin-throw to retire Wilin Rosario and end the inning:
Miami Pads Lead Late In Big Way:
Miami would add one more run in the seventh on an RBI double by Solano, and reload the bases (this time with one out) in the top of the ninth inning. This time, Stanton was up and delivered a two-run single into left-center to score both Reed Johnson and Christian Yelich and make it 9-4 in favor of the Fish.
The next batter, Marcell Ozuna, hit a grand slam (19) into the stands in left field to break the game wide open at 13-4. You can watch it here!
With tonight’s grand slam, Ozuna has now homered in three consecutive games, dating back to the two-game set against the Rangers on Tuesday and Wednesday Ozuna is now 9-18 with three home runs and 10 RBIs over his last four ballgames.
Sam Dyson would run into trouble in the ninth, and even though Colorado scored one that inning a double-play ball ended the ballgame and stranded the bases-loaded.
With the win tonight, the Marlins move back above .500 at 64-63 but will remain four and a half games back of the Giants for the National League’s second wildcard spot:
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