I hate to bring the news, but because of a ninth inning collapse, the Marlins were defeated by San Francisco on Mother's Day, 3-2. Despite holding a lead for the majority of the game, Miami couldn't hold on to beat the Giants at AT&T Park.
It was a pitching duel for most of the game between Marlins' starter Mat Latos and Giants' starter Ryan Vogelsong. Through three innings, the game remained scoreless, but Miami was able to end the drought in the top of the 4th. It started with a Christian Yelich single to center, with Yelich proceeding to steal second. With two outs and a runner on second, Mike Morse hit a ground-rule double to right-center, driving in a run to make it a 1-0 game.
Latos was able to keep the Giants without a run until the bottom of the 6th, when Brandon Belt drove in Nori Aoki on a single to left field.
In the bottom of the 7th, Latos began to lose control of his pitches, but still able to get out of the inning without giving up another run. He would be replaced by Mike Dunn in the 8th.
In the top of the 8th, the Giants went to the bullpen, bringing in Sergio Romo. He gave up a single to pinch hitter Justin Bour, who would advance to third on a double by Dee Gordon. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Ichiro was at the plate. Romo let a pitch go wild, allowing pinch runner Donovan Solano to make it home, safe, making it a 2-1 game. Ichiro proceeded to walk, but Marcell Ozuna couldn't drive either of the base runners in.
To start off a crazy 9th inning, Giants closer Jeremy Affeldt walked Christian Yelich, who went on to steal second. Now, to the play that will live in infamy: the next batter, Mike Morse, singled to right fielder Justin Maxwell, who missed the ball on a dive. Yelich was unexpectedly waved home by third-base coach Brett Butler, and Yelich was tagged out at the plate. The Marlins were unable to add to their lead, giving closer Steve Cishek one run to work with in the bottom of the 9th.
Steve Cishek entered the game for the Fish, and quickly struck out Justin Maxwell to begin the inning. Cishek gave up a right-field single to Andrew Susac, and then, a double to Gregor Blanco. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Cishek was given the order to intentionally walk pinch hitter Buster Posey. After striking out Angel Pagan, Cishek needed only one more out. With bases loaded, Cishek worked the count full on Nori Aoki. However, on the 3-2 pitch, he missed just outside, allowing the tying run to walk to the plate. With the score tied at 2, Matt Duffy hit a walk-off single to left, scoring Gregor Blanco, giving San Francisco the 3-2 victory.
With Steve Cishek blowing the save, the Marlins settled for a series split against the Giants, despite a relatively strong start by Mat Latos (7 IP, 7 H, 5 SO, 1 ER).