The Miami Marlins found themselves in a bit of a redux of the previous game. The first inning went poorly for the team's starter against the Oakland Athletics and their offense. This time, the A's jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Nathan Eovaldi and the Fish. Captain EO struggled early, but then settled down, holding off the A's onslaught; he only allowed one more run for his remaining six innings, going seven innings total with three strikeouts and three walks.
That last run was important, as it came after Miami had mounted another fierce comeback on the back of two multi-run innings to take the lead. The Fish fought back in the third inning against Sonny Gray, bringing home three runs to start off. Donovan Solano singled home Marcell Ozuna for the first run, and a Eovaldi bunt attempt led to an error and a bases loaded situation. Reed Johnson then doubled off the wall in deep left field and brought in two runs, leaving runners on second and third. But the Fish could not bring in the last run with one out.
The fifth saw Miami take the lead. Reed Johnson and Derek Dietrich got aboard, and with runners on first and third, Giancarlo Stanton ripped a single to drive home the tying run. Two batters later, Garrett Jones hit a grounder with the bases loaded to bring in the runner from third and give the Fish the lead.
Unfortunately, Eovaldi's last run allowed tied the game, and it came on a most unfortunate play. Coco Crisp got on base with a walk and reached third on a John Jaso double. But Eovaldi struck out two batters to finish the inning. Unfortunately, on the first strikeout, Jarrod Saltalamacchia could not handle the pitch and had it drop in the dirt. After looking back Crisp, he threw out the batter at first, but Crisp took off and beat the throw back home to tie the game.
Mike Dunn later gave up the tie and had the A's go up 6-5. Miami faced the ninth inning against the unhittable Sean Doolittle, but the Fish did not falter. Stanton doubled with one out, and Casey McGehee quickly singled him home to tie it up. McGehee reached third base, but the Marlins could not bring him in and the clubs moved on to extra innings.
In the 13th inning, Miami had their opportunity to score and win the game. They had runners on first and second with two outs and failed to deliver, as Jeff Baker struck out. Immediately afterward, in the 14th, Jacob Turner finally caved. Brandon Moss doubled and Josh Donaldson brought him home, making it a 7-6 game. Turner went three innings with four strikeouts and just one walk, but failed to avoid the dreaded run.
But the Fish had their chance in the 14th as well. Miami had Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones get aboard with just one out. A wild pitch advanced both runners, putting the tying run just 90 feet away. Jeff Mathis came in to pinch hit and walked to load the bases. The A's removed struggling former closer Jim Johnson from the game brought in the lefty Jeff Francis. Jarrod Saltalamacchia looked foolish in a strikeout, and Solano lofted an easy one for the final unfortunate out of the game.
Hero of the Game: Casey McGehee (0.433 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (-0.394 WPA)
Play of the Game: Josh Donaldson singled in the 14th inning. Brandon Moss scored. (--0.370 WPA)