The Marlins knew they could not let the Twins bring out the brooms and sweep them. After giving away the first two games of the series the bats truly woke for the Marlins as they erupted for eighteen hits, eight of which came in a seventh inning, along with seven runs in the seventh inning to dominate the Twins even though the Twins tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning.
While Giancarlo Stanton leads the Marlins in all star votes it once again Marcell Ozuna, currently the actual all star on the team, who carried the team. Ozuna had four hits and three RBI while fans who were hoping Stanton would break out of his slump after last night were disappointed mighty as Stanton went 0-5 from the plate, four strikeouts, dropping his batting average to .197 on the year.
Tom Koehler (4-6) pitched a good game only giving up two runs, struck out six, and only one walk in six innings of work before the Twins got to him. Ervin Santana (1-6) continued to struggle giving up five runs in 6 1/3 inning. Although it was the Twins bullpen who struggled on the night.
The only bright spot for the Twins was Robbie Grossman's double that tied the game in the sixth inning. All the big guns, except Stanton, showed up for the Marlins as Martin Prado, Adeiny Hechevarria, and Christian Yelich all had two hits and a RBI in the game.
Post game notes:
- Phil Hughes, who was taken for X-rays, was hit by a line drive in the ninth and was carried off the field
- After two hits tonight Ichiro Suzuki inches closer to 3,000 hits, he is now twenty seven away.
Hero of the Game: Marcell Ozuna
Goat of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton
Play of the Game: Chris Johnson's 350 ft. pinch hit home run in the seventh inning.