Dee Gordon legged out an infield single off of Jorge De La Rosa to lead the game off, and was later brought home with a two out double from Giancarlo Stanton. That was the only run that De La Rosa gave up on the night, as the lefty worked his way through six innings for a quality start, despite only throwing 57 strikes in his 100 pitch effort.
David Phelps also struggled to consistently find the zone in his first start of the season, after coming out of the bullpen for 50 appearances. But Phelps worked through four and a third scoreless innings, throwing 70 total pitches.
Stanton’s first inning RBI held up as the only run of the game until Fernando Rodney took over in the top of the eighth. After surrendering a pair of singles, DJ Lemahieu crossed the plate for the Rockies after Dee Gordon overthrew first base on a would-be double play ball. Nolan Arenado, who advanced to second on the error, scored on a David Dahl single, while a Mark Reynolds double would cap off the three run inning for Colorado. Rodney has now given up 11 earned runs in his 15 and a third innings pitched as a member of the Marlins.
But the Fish were able to overcome the 3-1 deficit with their own ninth inning comeback. J.T. Realmuto started the inning with a walk, and was driven home by an Adeiny Hechavarria single two batters later. Martin Prado stepped up with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single to give Miami a 4-3 lead, and Christian Yelich followed that up with a sac-fly to pad the Marlins’ lead.
After blowing his second save of the season Wednesday, A.J. Ramos gave up a Lemahieu single to start the ninth, but retired the next three in order for his 32nd save.
Hero of the game: Martin Prado (.376 WPA)
Goat of the game: Carlos Estevez (.771)
Play of the game: Martin Prado ninth inning two RBI single (.400)