The Fish scored their first four runs of the game solely off of home runs. Giancarlo Stanton kicked things off with a two-run shot to the home run porch in right field in the first inning, and Christian Yelich later joined him in the right field, upper deck division, with his second homer of the year in the fifth inning. When the Fish needed help untying the game after the Dodgers knotted it back up with two two-out base hits and a walk in the sixth, Stanton was ready to deliver again. He took a Stephen Fife hanging curveball at the belt for a fast ride all the way to the Clevelander sign, as he hit a laser for his second homer of the game and tenth of the season.
But the offensive fireworks were not enough to hold off the feisty Dodgers. The Fish got ten strikeouts from Jose Fernandez, but he also walked four batters and gave up three runs, many on two-out situations. Fernandez went seven innings and gave way to a depleted Marlins pen that was without the services of closer Steve Cishek. Mike Dunn coaxed a quiet eighth inning, but troubled brewed immediately in the ninth inning.
A.J. Ramos came in and failed to notch his first career save. He walked pinch-hitter Chone Figgins to lead off the ninth and allowed a line drive by Andre Ethier into right field. Stanton misjudged the drive and stepped back before racing forward. In his rush, he tripped and fell, allowing the ball to bounce past him and the runner to score. After Dee Gordon struck out, Miami walked Yasiel Puig intentionally and induced a ground ball from Hanley Ramirez. Adeiny Hechavarria made a spectacular stab at it and flipped it to second base for a crucial out that was initially called safe on the field. The Marlins challenged and had the call overturned, and escaped the inning one batter later.
The bottom of the ninth began with a Hechavarria single. The Fish bunted him to second and found themselves facing a two-out situation with Jeff Baker at the plate against righty Jamey Wright. Baker drove one to the opposite field, and Puig laid out into the right field fence in an awesome effort to keep the game alive. The ball bounced off the fence, as did Puig, and the Marlins came out with a one-run, walk-off victory.
Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.397 WPA)
Goat of the Game: A.J. Ramos (-0.205 WPA)
Play of the Game: Andre Ethier doubled to center field in the ninth inning. Chone Figgins scored. (-0.422 WPA)