MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MAY 20: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Florida Marlins kisses the ball during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Sun Life Stadium on May 20, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Let's face it, the Marlins love the comeback win. For the fourteenth time this season, the team rallied from a deficit and defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Fiesta Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
Knowing the team's need to be in a hole before they can be victorious, Anibal Sanchez ceremoniously gave up two runs in the first inning. John Jaso and Johnny Damon singled, and with two outs, Matt Joyce tripled to drive them in.
The Marlins would get a run back in the bottom of the inning off of Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine. Chris Coghlan doubled to lead off, and after a grounder by Hanley Ramirez moved him to third, Logan Morrison added his first RBI of the game on a groundout that scored Cogz.
A pair of solo home runs by LoMo and Mike Stanton put the Marlins in the lead, 3-2, in the bottom of the fourth.
Anibal settled in after his rough first inning, and didn't allow another run until the seventh. Matt Joyce led off the inning with another triple, and after a walk to Justin Ruggiano, Casey Kotchman singled in Joyce to tie the game. Anibal induced a double play ball to end the inning, as well as his night on the mound, and finished having allowed 3 runs on six hits, with six strikeouts.
It was two sacrifice flies in the eighth inning that made the difference in the game.
Hanley singled off of Joel Peralta, and LoMo doubled him over to third. A sac fly by Gaby Sanchez scored Hanley, and LoMo moved to third on the throw. Mike Stanton added another sacrifice fly to score Logan, and the Marlins had a 5-3 lead that they would hold on to.
Leo Nunez worked a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save in 16 chances, and the Marlins ended their mini losing streak and split the series with the Rays.