You wouldn't think it by looking at their overall record, but the Marlins have played much better as of late, going 6-4 in their last 10 and winning two out of three from the Mets, Cubs and now the Rockies. It took extra innings to get it done, but the Marlins were able to come away with the win 3-2.
Dee Gordon led off the game with a ball hit just over the outstretched glove of DJ LeMahieu into centerfield. Martin Prado then lined one into right center and Flash Jr. showed his speed by reaching third base. Prado attempted to take second with the distraction and Arenado had him dead to rights, but Troy Tulowitzki dropped the ball. Giancarlo Stanton struck out and Justin Bour fouled out but Marcell Ozuna made sure the Fish didn't come away empty-handed, hitting a sharp single past a diving Tulo and driving in both base-runners, making it 2-0 Marlins. Kyle Kendrick would keep Marlins hitters off balance for another five innings after that, keeping his general mastery of the Fish intact.
In the 4th the Rockies loaded the bases and Nolan Arenado drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, narrowing the score to 2-1 Marlins. Urena would finish having pitched six innings, giving up just three hits, one earned run and walking two while striking out four, a fine performance particularly given the venue.
Carter Capps came in to pitch the seventh and gave up a homerun to Carlos Gonzalez to rightfield which tied up the ballgame at 2-2. CarGon had to actually reach down and away to snag the pitch, so it's hard to pin that one on Capps. He then walked Nolan Arenado and hit Wilin Rosario with a pitch. Nick Hundley squared around to bunt and Capps decided to throw to third. Arenado was called safe and Dan Jennings decided to challenge, which turned out to be a great choice since the call was reversed and Arenado was called for the crucial first out. Capps then struck out Brandon Barnes and Rafael Ynoa to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Mike Dunn, Sam Dyson pitched through the eighth and ninth respectively to carry the Fish into extras. It wouldn't last long though as Boone Logan served up a solo homerun to Adeiny Hechavarria in the top of the 10th, giving the Marlins a 3-2 edge. AJ Ramos slammed the door shut on the Rockies and the series belonged to Miami.
Hero of the Game: Jose Urena (+.325)
Goat of the Game: Boone Logan (-.248)
Play of the Game: Adeiny Hechavarria homers in the 10th (+.387)