Coming off of an extensive losing streak and losing a pair of games to the Washington Nationals to begin the homestand, the Miami Marlins swept the Seattle Mariners with a 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Christian Yelich led off the bottom of the eighth with a double, and Tom Wilhelmsen intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton and lost Casey McGehee to load the bases with one out in a 2-1 game before a Justin Smoak throw home on a Garrett Jones ground ball was reviewed and did not beat Yelich to the plate, tying the game at two.
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a sac fly to right field which gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead that wouldn't be lost.
Kevin Slowey made his first start of 2014 after Brad Hand struggled in a pair of starts, and was efficient in five innings. In both the second and fourth innings, the Mariners led the inning off with a double and after moving the runner to third, scored on Justin Smoak (2nd inning) and Dustin Ackley (4th inning) sac flys to take an early 2-0 lead.
In his five innings, Slowey gave up three hits and two runs while striking out three and not walking a batter.
Miami struggled to manufacture runs against Seattle starter Brandon Maurer until the fifth inning, when Donovan Solano put the Marlins on the board with an RBI-single.
Arquimedes Caminero, Mike Dunn, Dan Jennings, and Carlos Marmol all pitched scoreless innings in relief of Slowey.
Steve Cishek worked around a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth to secure the sweep for the Marlins. Miami begins a three game series in Atlanta starting on Monday night.
Hero of The Game: Garrett Jones (.174 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Reed Johnson (-0.76 WPA)
Play of The Game: Garrett Jones reached on a fielder's choice in the eighth, tying the game at two. (.243 WPA)