One of baseball's best teams in one run games was able to come out on top in a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. The Marlins were able to capitalize on one of several Arizona defensive miscues which proved to be the difference in a low scoring game and what has become a low scoring series.
Henderson Alvarez pitched well in his return from the disabled list, pitching seven innings while walking one and striking out six in addition to allowing one run in the top of the first.
Ender Inciarte and Cliff Pennington each singled to open the game, and David Peralta singled before Marcell Ozuna threw out Inciarte trying to score from second base.
The play was reviewed, but in a timely manner the ruling was confirmed.
Following a double steal, a Mark Trumbo sacrifice fly to center provided the Diamondbacks' lone run of the night.
Miami had several early opportunities, notably with a pair of runners in scoring position in the second inning, but couldn't capitalize and first got on the board against Wade Miley in the fourth.
Giancarlo Stanton reached on an infield single before a Jeff Baker RBI triple to right center field tied the game at one. Miley ended the inning with strikeouts of Adeiny Hechavarria and Jeff Mathis.
After Miley was able to work around several defensive miscues, including three errors in the second inning, the Marlins took advantage on an error in the seventh.
Ozuna singled and advanced to second after Trumbo couldn't field a pickoff throw to first base cleanly. A Hechavarria ground ball got Ozuna to third before he scored on a Jeff Mathis RBI ground ball.
Mike Dunn pitched a scoreless eighth, and Steve Cishek struck out two of the three he faced while recording his 31st save of the season.
Hero of The Game: Henderson Alvarez (+.257 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Adeiny Hechavarria (-.057 WPA)
Play of The Game: Jeff Baker tripled in the fourth, allowing Giancarlo Stanton to score. (+.223 WPA)