The Marlins offense had been struggling to score runs for most of May, but against Oliver Perez and the Mets on Fiesta Friday at Sun Life Stadium, the lineup broke out of their collective scoring slump and treated offense-starved fans to a homerfest.
Oliver Perez made the start for New York, and somehow managed to match his previous outing, once again going only 3.1 innings and giving up seven runs.
Dan Uggla blasted a 3-run home run in the third inning, and Cody Ross followed Uggla's jack with a double, scoring on an RBI single from Cameron Maybin to put the Marlins up 4-0. Then, in the fourth inning, Chris Coghlan and Gaby Sanchez hit back-to-back solo shots. It was Coghlan's first home run of 2010, and only his second extra-base hit of the season. Uggla followed the pair of home runs with his second long ball of the game, and the Marlins were up seven runs, chasing Perez off the mound after just 3 1/3 innings.
While the fiesta of jacks was entertaining to watch, the Fish wouldn't need all seven runs, since Anibal Sanchez had the ball. Sanchy had a great night on the mound, going a season-high seven innings and striking out seven. He allowed just two runs on four hits, with both runs coming in the top of the fifth. Ike Davis hit a lead-off single, and Anibal hit Rod Barajas with a pitch before Angel Pagan doubled to drive both of them in and make it 7-2.
The Marlins struck out eight times against the Mets pen and only managed two hits through the remaining 4.2 innings, but Burke Badenhop and Brian Sanches both tossed scoreless innings in relief of Sanchez to preserve the Marlins lead.
It seems the Marlins bats are thawing, as the Fish take the first two games to guarantee at least a split of the series.