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Starting Pitching Solid Again; Marlins Win 4-2

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Marlins take care of business against San Francisco’s struggling bullpen.

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The Miami Marlins seem to be cooking up another winning streak behind a peaking offense and solid pitching. The Miami Marlins rode a quality start from Pablo López to defeat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 and win their second game in a row.

With Madison Bumgarner on the hill for San Francisco, the Marlins struggled to get any offense going early on. In his 6+ innings of work, the only run he gave up was a sacrifice fly to Starlin Castro in the bottom of the third. Bumgarner was also responsible for the go-ahead run scored by Jorge Alfaro on a Neil Walker double after he was relieved of his duties in the seventh. After starting the season 2-for-27 w/RISP, Walker has 6 hits in his last 9 at-bats w/RISP.

The Marlins took advantage of the Giants’ struggling bullpen again in the seventh and eighth innings. Garrett Cooper hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Curtis Granderson in the seventh, and Harold Ramirez continued the hot start to his big-league career with an RBI single in the next frame.

Meanwhile, Pablo López improved off his last start, which saw him exit after 3 23 IP with four runs allowed. On Wednesday, López made it through six innings and allowed only one run on four hits. He is having a season eerily similar to Wei-Yin Chen’s last year in terms of home/road splits with a dominant 1.86 ERA at home, and an 8.26 ERA on the road.

The Marlins’ only pitching struggle came in the ninth inning, with Sergio Romo coming into close against his former team. After allowing the first two batters to reach base, Brandon Belt hit a ground ball to Brian Anderson to score Buster Posey and get within two runs. Romo struck out Kevin Pillar, and then walked Brandon Crawford to put runners at the corners. On a 2-2 count, Romo got Steven Duggar to swing at a slider for the final out.

The Marlins have now won five straight games at Marlins Park and look to get their third sweep in four series Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Sandy Alcantara will take the hill for the Fish, while Tyler Beede will go for the Giants.

Giants vs. Marlins box score (MLB.com)

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