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5-year Marliniversary: Prado’s homer in the 11th lifts Marlins past Phillies

José Fernández struck out 14 batters, but Prado proved to be the true star of the night.

Miami Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

Over the course of a 14-year career, Martín Prado hit 100 home runs. Of those, only two came in extra innings.

On this day five years ago, Prado hit his only game-winning home run as a member of the Miami Marlins. His 11th-inning blast was the difference as the Marlins slipped past the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-2.

Prado was 0-for-4 as he came to the plate to face Brett Oberholtzer to lead off the top of the 11th at Citizens Bank Park on July 18, 2016. Prado got ahead in the count, 2-0. On the first pitch from Oberholtzer in the strike zone, Prado put the Marlins ahead for good.

On a high fastball from the lefty, Prado deposited the pitch well into the left field stands to give Miami its first lead of the night. Oberholtzer retired the next three batters to end the frame before Marlins closer AJ Ramos worked a perfect bottom half to pick up the save.

The Marlins were down to their last out in the ninth inning, trailing 2-0. After Christian Yelich doubled home the first run off Jeanmar Gomez, Marcell Ozuna followed a walk to Giancarlo Stanton with the game-tying single.

Nick Wittgren, Fernando Rodney, Kyle Barraclough and Ramos combined to throw four hitless innings of scoreless relief for Miami in the victory. Barraclough picked up the win.

Maikel Franco got the scoring started for Philadelphia with an RBI groundout in the first before Tommy Joseph took Miami starter José Fernández deep for a home run to lead off the seventh. The Phillies managed just four hits while striking out 18 times. Fernández struck out 14 batters to tie a career-high.

The star of the night, of course, was Prado. The extra-innings blast would be Prado’s final home run of the season on the road. It also turned out to be the game-winner that took place on this day five years ago.