After a brutal start to the week in which the Marlins won zero games, Miami was searching for answers when they played the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. The Marlins were desperate for a momentum-swinging win, and they might've accomplished that on Saturday.
The Marlins blew the game open after scoring the first 10 runs, and they wound up winning by a score of 10-6. Miami took the early 1-0 lead when Giancarlo Stanton drove Dee Gordon home on a fielder's choice. The Marlins would take a 3-0 advantage after J.T. Riddle and Gordon both had RBI singles. Before you could blink, the Marlins were up 7-0 after three innings.
Stanton would continue his big day at the plate when he doubled home Christian Yelich to put the Marlins up 8-0. J.T. Realmuto decided to get involved when he drove in Marcell Ozuna on an RBI to put the Marlins up 9-0. Finally, to put the icing on the cake, Riddle homered to give the Marlins a 10-0 lead.
The 10 runs that the Marlins had were more than they scored in the last five games (eight). Even though the Marlins had what seemed like an insurmountable lead, nothing is safe with these Marlins. Los Angeles made sure that the Marlins weren't fully comfortable, as they started to narrow the deficit.
Enrique Hernández homered to put the Dodgers on the board. The Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the 6th inning, and they would continue to cut into the Marlins lead in the 7th. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger both homered, and all of a sudden the Marlins only lead 10-6. The Marlins would shut down the Dodgers after the 7th, and they held on for their first win since last Sunday.
Dan Straily pitched 5.2 innings, and he allowed three runs and four hits, while also striking out eight Dodgers batters. J.T. Riddle was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, but he did finish 3-5 with four RBI. Giancarlo Stanton went 3-5 with three RBI. The Marlins roughed up Dodgers starter Julio Urias, who allowed six runs and seven hits in only 2.1 innings pitched.
The Marlins are still 12 games under .500, but these types of games are the ones that can get a team going. Yesterday's game was a good sign for a team that took their first lead since Monday. The Marlins will look to split the series with the Dodgers when they play at 4:10 ET today. Vance Worley makes his season debut for Miami, while Brandon McCarthy gets the start for LA.