Victory at last!
Was it really just an eight game losing streak the Marlins were on? It was starting to feel like an eternity, but the Fish erased some of the bad memories (and possibly prostate cancer) with some nice swings on Fiesta Friday at Sun Life Stadium.
Logan Morrison got the offense going with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first, after Emilio Bonifacio doubled to lead off. Joe Saunders would give up two more long balls to the Fish in his six innings of work. After Gaby Sanchez singled to lead off the sixth, Mike Stanton and John Buck went back-to-back to give the Marlins a 5-0 lead.
After Anibal Sanchez shut out the Diamondbacks through six innings, the snakes would threaten in the top of the seventh. Justin upton tripled with one out, and Steven Drew singled him in to end the shutout. After Chris Young flied out to left, Miguel Montero hit a two-run home run to center and brought the Dbacks within two.
That was it for Anibal, who struck out eight and gave up 5 hits in his 6 2/3 innings before Mike Dunn took the mound to relieve him. Dunn promptly gave up a solo shot to Xavier Nady, and the Dbacks closed within a run.
John Buck got a run back for the Fish in the bottom of the inning. Omar Infante singled, Gaby Sanchez walked, and John Buck hit an RBI single to center to make it 6-4. What? A hit with a runner in scoring position?! What is the world coming to?!
The bullpen handled things nicely for the Marlins the rest of the way. Ryan Webb worked around a leadoff triple and struck out two in the eighth before Choate recorded a third strikeout to end the inning.
With Leo Nunez out due to a sore back, Steve Cishek recorded his first Big League save to preserve the win. Cishek is up to 12 2/3 scoreless innings to kick off his Major League career, which set a new record for the franchise.
And the Marlins are FINALLY in the win column!