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MLB Scores: Miami Marlins 5, Chicago Cubs 2

Brad Hand pitches six strong innings, coming out with his first victory of the season, as the Marlins tie their series with the Cubs.

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Miami's starting pitcher Brad Hand impressed in his second start of the season for the club, going six strong innings, fanning two, while allowing only two runs off of six hits. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, on the other hand, went six innings, fanning seven, but allowing four runs off of seven hits. Hand out-pitched Hendricks, and the Marlins earned the 5-2 win Tuesday night at home in front of over 23,000 active fans.

The Fish got on the board first, in the bottom of the second, thanks to an Adeiny Hechavarria ground-rule double to right field, driving in Marcell Ozuna, who had a big night for his team.

In the next inning, the Cubs would respond with two runs of their own. Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double to right field, scoring Dexter Fowler. Next, Junior Lake would double to right, also, bringing Rizzo to the plate, to make it a 2-1 ball game. Thankfully, Hand was able to maneuver out of the inning without any more damage.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Marlins were able to put together a nice offensive show, scoring three runs in that half of the inning. It all started with a Brad Hand single to left, followed by a Dee Gordon bunt-single, which advanced both Gordon and Hand, due to a throwing error by third baseman Jonathan Herrera. Kyle Hendricks would then walk (not intentionally!) Martin Prado, bringing Giancarlo Stanton to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs. Just when you're jumping out of your chair thinking about it, Stanton struck out swinging. However, Justin Bour is next up, and he's been on fire lately! Right? Wrong. Bour couldn't come through with RISP, and that brought Marcell Ozuna up to the plate, with two outs and the bases still loaded. In the most clutch way possible, Ozuna doubled to right-center, clearing the bases, giving Miami a 4-2 lead.

The Fish would add to their lead in the bottom of the seventh, with a Giancarlo Stanton solo home run (16th on the season). With a 5-2 lead, the fate of the game was now in the hands of the ever-inconsistent Marlins bullpen.

Sam Dyson would relieve Hand after a laudable, quality start. Dyson would pitch 1.1 innings, allowing NO runs, keeping the lead intact. Mike Dunn would be the next pitcher to come on in relief, going 0.2 innings, allowing no runs, setting A.J. Ramos up for the save. Ramos didn't make it look good, but he got the job done after giving up two hits and a walk. Nevertheless, Ramos came through with the save, his fifth on the season, and Miami picks up their first win in the month of June.


Source: FanGraphs

Player of the game: Marcell Ozuna (+.306)

Goat of the game: Kyle Hendricks (-.279)

Play of the game: Marcell Ozuna three-run double to right field (+.380)