May 16: Marlins (22-21) 7, Giants (27-16) 5
Two runs in the ninth secured a 7-5 victory for the Miami Marlins against the San Francisco Giants in a seesaw affair. After the tying run came across to score on his error in the sixth, Casey McGehee made up for it with the game-winning RBI in the ninth.
Both teams delivered blows in the early going as each team started fast with single runs in the first. Christian Yelich led the game off for the Fish with a solo dinger to center on the fifth offering of the game from Yusmeiro Petit. With two outs in the bottom half of the frame, Pablo Sandoval answered with an RBI of his own on a run-scoring double to left field.
The Marlins jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third when Derek Dietrich sent the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall for a two-run homer. Miami then pushed that lead to three an inning later when Adeiny Hechavarria contributed a sacrifice fly to center with one out.
The Giants wouldn’t go quietly as they came back with two runs on their own in the bottom of the fourth. Brandon Crawford sacrificed a runner home on a long fly ball to center before Brandon Hicks doubled home a runner.
With the game sitting at 4-3 in the fifth, McGehee knocked in his first run of the game on a sharp line drive to center. San Fran’s captain Buster Posey got the run right back for the Bay Area team with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the frame.
In the sixth, McGehee committed a fielding error, allowing for base-runner Michael Morse to reach second base with two outs. Gregor Blanco made the Fish pay with his game-tying single to right.
The Marlins threatened against the Giants’ bullpen in the top of the eighth but left empty-handed when Ed Lucas grounded into a double play to end the threat.
In the ninth, the Fish put across its first runner on McGehee’s RBI single and then its second when Garrett Jones singled home Dietrich on a ground ball to short.
Closer Steve Cishek put the tying runner at the plate with nobody out when he walked lead-off man Hector Sanchez in the ninth, but was able to wiggle out of trouble to earn his eighth save of the year.
For the Fish, Henderson Alvarez got the no-decision from the mound with four earned runs and 10 hits surrendered over his six innings of work. Meanwhile, the Giants pieced together five relievers to finish the game after Petit only went five innings and allowed four earned runs himself.