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In extra innings, the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Tuesday with Donovan Solano playing hero. The team also got home runs from Gorkys Hernandez and Rob Brantly earlier in the game. In the process, the Marlins denied R.A. Dickey his 21st win of the season.
Even though Adam Greenberg will take all of the headlines (and he deserves it), the Marlins are now on the verge of sweeping the Mets in this season-ending three-game series. The win at Marlins Park sent the fans home happy, and the team might have played spoiler to R.A. Dickey's attempt to win the Cy Young. We'll see.
Turner Finishes The Season Strong
Jacob Turner was awesome. And Marlins fans should be relieved to have him in the starting rotation next season. He is young and will obviously make mistakes from time to time. But the righty has proved he can pitch at the big league level. In this game, he went seven and two-thirds innings and gave up only one run on three hits with only two walks. He probably could have finished the eighth, but manager Ozzie Guillen saw Turner's pitch count (114), and decided there was no need to go further. Turner pounded the strike zone, throwing first pitch strikes to 14 of the 28 batters he faced. Again, the guy can pitch. And when the Marlins sit down and start planning for next season, this is one spot in the rotation that should already be penciled in.
Solano Wins It
Donovan's single in the 11th inning wins it for the Marlins when he plates Jose Reyes. For Solano, it has to feel real good especially since he has been slumping of late. In fact, he struck out in all four previous at-bats before his game winner. Solano is currently sporting a .294 average regardless of his recent perfomance. Rob Brantly and Gorkys Hernandez hit solo home runs earlier in the game. For each of them it is their third home run of the season. All in all, the Marlins did just enough to win. Another night where the offense was light, but enough.
In Wednesday's season finale, Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler will make his first career start against Jeremy Hefner of the Mets.