This win was much-needed for Don Mattingly’s group. Much-needed because the Marlins had just blown a four-run lead to the rival Braves the previous day, a defeat that was among their most devastating of the 2021 season. But that’s now in the rearview mirror thanks to Jorge Alfaro’s two-out, go-ahead solo home run in the eighth inning, which ultimately pushed the Marlins past the 2020 World Series-champion Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night at loanDepot park, 5-4. In doing so, the Fish snapped the Dodger’s nine-game winning streak.
Trevor Rogers, who was recently named a first-time All-Star, pitched five pretty effective innings. The left-hander struck out eight and allowed two runs, tossing 96 pitches in the process, as well. However, Rogers remains without a winning decision since June 10 vs. the Colorado Rockies.
Mattingly had to get a bit creative with his relievers because his usual guys received a ton of work this past series in Atlanta. The skipper turned to Steven Okert, Zach Pop and David Hess, who made his Marlins debut in that two-run eighth. Hess walked Gavin Lux on five pitches to bring home Matt Beaty, cutting Miami’s lead to one, 4-3. The very next batter, Cody Bellinger, who was not in the starting lineup put out by manager Dave Roberts, smacked a 386-foot sacrifice fly to tie the contest. Hess limited the damage after that.
Alfaro’s blast came in the next half-inning. Statcast estimated the distance at 424 feet.
The Marlins did some damage of their own off right-hander Walker Buehler, who was making his first start of July. Trailing 2-0 in the third, Buehler recorded quick back-to-back strikeouts at the hands of Rogers and leadoff hitter Jazz Chisholm Jr.. The next five batters reached base safely, including RBI singles off the bats of Garrett Cooper and Miguel Rojas to put the Marlins ahead, 3-2.
Anthony Bender converted his first career save.
Pablo López, fresh off his unexpected ejection against the Braves, will start the second game of the series Tuesday night (7:10 p.m. first pitch).