Jun 6, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder G. Stanton (L) celebrates with second baseman D. Gordon (9) after scoring during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 10-5. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins met Sunday afternoon for the rubber match in their three-game series at Coors Field in Denver, and the Marlins won in ten innings.
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Adeiny Hechavarria‘s solo home run in the top of the tenth inning off Colorado Rockies’ reliever Boone Logan pushed the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Coors Field in Denver, wasting a solid start by Rox hurler Kyle Kendrick.
The game, tied 2-2 entering the 10th inning, was an unlikely pitcher’s duel achieved by two starters who each came into the game with ERAs above 6.00. Nevertheless, Kendrick and Marlins’ hurler Jose Urena were solid Sunday afternoon, though neither one factored into the decision by the tenth inning.
The Marlins opened up the scoring first, when Marcell Ozuna hit a two run single in the first inning, putting the Fish up early.
Kendrick settled down though, and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way, going seven full innings and allowing just five hits and a walk, while striking out four Marlins. He threw 54 strikes out of his 80 total pitches.
The Rockies chipped away at Urena, and the Marlins bullpen, scoring single runs in the fourth and seventh inning. In the fourth, Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly off Urena that scored Charlie Blackmon. And then, in the seventh, Carlos Gonzalez launched a solo home run off Carter Capps to tie the game at two runs apiece.
The game turned on a Nick Hundley sacrifice bunt attempt in the seventh that would’ve pushed Arenado to third base. After a replay review of the play at third, though, Arenado was called out and the Marlins were able to wiggle out of giving up more runs than just CarGo’s home run.
The 2-2 score stuck into the tenth inning, after scoreless frames by Scott Oberg and John Axford, and Boone Logan came on to try to extend the game in the top of the tenth. With two outs in the half inning, Hechavarria launched his homer off Logan to dead center field, putting the Marlins up.
Closer A.J. Ramos shut down the Rockies in perfect order in the bottom half to seal the game, and the series.
The Rockies (25-30) now host the St. Louis Cardinals for three games, before heading to Miami to face the Marlins in a four-game set on South Beach.