It was another extra inning game for the Marlins, but this time around featured a more favorable result for the fish.
Hanley Ramirez delivered a two-out RBI single to center in the 10th inning that rallied the Marlins to a 7-6 win over the Brewers in front of a large 4th of July crowd.
“Like I say, we never give up,” Ramirez said. “We’re still fighting all the way through. We had a couple of tough losses. This is a good win.”
All of this took place a day after Miami came back from a seven run deficit to grab a lead, only to watch it slip away in the 10th inning, falling 13-12 in an error filled game.
It looked like another tough day for Miami before Gaby Sanchez connected on a two-strike, two-out opposite-field home run to right field off Milwaukee closer John Axford.
“Didn’t get it in enough or didn’t get it up enough,” Axford said. “Pretty much just right down the middle.”
It was somewhat awkward timing for Sanchez’ home run, as he had just been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans during the game after the Marlins announced they had acquired Carlos Lee from the Astros for Minor Leaguers Matt Dominguez and Rob Rasmussen.
Miami closer Heath Bell finished the 10th inning for his 18th save in 23 attempts. One of those blown saves came Tuesday, when Bell surrendered a two-out, two-run homer to Aramis Ramirez in the heartbreaking loss.
“It was one of those things where we battled like we did yesterday, and we came back,” Bell said. “Guys came back and gave us a chance to win. Trust me, I felt really bad yesterday. But today is a new day. I wasn’t going to let them beat us this day.”
At the halfway point in the season, the Marlins are 39-42.
“Good sign because the way we lost yesterday,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “To come back and play the way we played today is a little light at the end of the tunnel. The way we lost yesterday, and how much that loss hurt, to come back this way, it was amazing. It was great for this ballclub.”
After today’s 9th inning heroics, the Marlins now have 24 comeback wins this season. With the win Miami also features a 7-3 record in extra inning games so far this year.
In the 10th inning, Donovan Solano doubled with two outs off Manny Parra. Hanley Ramirez, now 6-for-9 in his career off the left-hander, singled to center for the decisive run.
The Marlins were able to finish off the come-from-behind win despite a poor performance from starter Josh Johnson. Miami’s ace threw 42 pitches in a five-run second inning. He walked three straight and gave up three hits.
Mark Buehrle looks for his eight win of the season in the rubber match of the series tomorrow in Milwaukee. Miami will face Brewers hurler Mike Fiers, who sports a 3-2 record through six starts this season, with an impressive 2.29 ERA.
After the series closer tomorrow the Marlins will head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals for a three game set before the All-Star break.
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