MIAMI -- Home runs have become contagious for the Marlins during their homestand. The latest power surge took place on Friday night, with Christian Yelich, Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton each connecting in Miami's 7-5 win over the D-backs at Marlins Park.After letting a two-run lead slip away in the
MIAMI -- Home runs have become contagious for the Marlins during their homestand. The latest power surge took place on Friday night, with Christian Yelich, Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton each connecting in Miami's 7-5 win over the D-backs at Marlins Park.
After letting a two-run lead slip away in the late innings in a 3-2 loss on Thursday, the Marlins evened the four-game series and improved to 6-2 on the homestand, belting 15 home runs in the process.
"Obviously a lot [of good] stuff: Yelly's homer, J.B.'s homer early, and Giancarlo's homer put us back on top," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
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Stanton's opposite-field homer off Patrick Corbin in the fifth inning gave Miami a 6-5 lead, and J.T. Realmuto added an RBI single in the seventh.
"What we're trying to do right now is pile on as many runs as we can," Realmuto said. "We feel like every game we have a chance to score a lot of runs as a lineup. We have to go up there and have team at-bats."
Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Iannetta each homered for Arizona off Jose Urena.
The tone was set early that the ball would be flying out of the ballpark. In the first inning, Yelich and Bour, two left-handed hitters, each connected on two-run homers off Corbin, giving Miami a four-run lead.
"I thought I really just had the one mistake to Yelich," Corbin said. "I thought the pitch to Bour was a decent pitch. It was a really good swing. After that [first inning], I thought I made some really good pitches, and they found some holes."
Added D-backs manager Torey Luvullo: "I thought he made some quality pitches. He just got clipped for a couple of home runs. I think sometimes you've got to give the hitters some credit. Take away the first inning, I thought it was a pretty good outing. So we'll focus on that."
The D-backs used the long ball to get back into it. Goldschmidt knocked a two-run homer in the third inning, and Iannetta delivered a solo shot in a three-run Arizona fifth, which tied the game at 5.
"We got down, I was just trying to find a way to get on base and just try to get a couple of runs," Goldschmidt said. "We were able to get two with that homer, and then Chris was able to hit another one."
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Bullpen rebounds, locks down: The Marlins' bullpen has struggled locking down games for most of the season. It picked up Urena, who went 4 1/3 innings and was unable to protect an early four-run lead. Dustin McGowan worked 1 2/3 frames for the win and David Phelps handled a clean eighth, setting up A.J. Ramos to save it in the ninth. The bullpen gave up two runs in the eighth inning in Thursday's loss.
McGowan entered with runners on the corners and one out in the fifth inning. He struck out Yasmany Tomas and retired Brandon Drury on a ground ball to third, keeping the score even at 5.
"Mac's outs are huge," Mattingly said. "Keep them from taking the lead there."
From wall-scraper to RBI leader: The shortest home run Stanton has hit in the Statcast™ Era had huge franchise significance. When Stanton connected off Corbin in the fifth inning, it put Miami in front by a run and also established the 27-year-old as the Marlins' all-time RBI leader. Stanton now has 579 RBIs in his career, which started when he was a 20-year-old in 2010. Stanton entered the night tied with Mike Lowell at 578. According to Statcast™, the home run projected at 351 feet, making it the shortest homer in his career. The exit velocity of 99.6 mph was his third-softest-hit home run since Statcast™ launched in '15.
"I'm one of 30; that's a pretty cool thing," Stanton said. "A homer, also. It's a cool feat, and we got the win. It was a homer to put us up. I like it all." More >
"That was one of the most impressive homers I've seen. Off the bat, I was trying to score from first base. When I looked up, it was a no-doubter. It was a rocket. Not many lefties can do that." -- Realmuto, on Bour's opposite-field homer
Falling into the "Only in Miami" category was a moment in the first inning when Realmuto fouled a ball off that shattered the glass of a fish tank embedded into the wall behind home plate. The protective glass, which is supposed to be shatter-proof, cracked and some water and glass fell onto the dirt.
Fortunately, all the fish are fine.
"When I looked back, there was glass all over the dirt," Realmuto said. "I was just waiting for the thing to explode and fish to start flying out of it. Luckily that didn't happen. They were wanting to play through. I was like, 'Hey, you might want to get that glass off the dirt back there?' I don't think the umpire saw it. It was pretty crazy." More >
D-backs: Right-hander Randall Delgado gets his third start of the season at 1:10 p.m. MT on Saturday against the Marlins. He has no decision as a starter despite giving up just two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 11 and walking just one over 9 2/3 innings.
Marlins:Edinson Volquez, coming off his first victory of the season, looks to make it two in a row at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. The right-hander is 1-7 with a 4.44 ERA this season, and he is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in 10 career starts against Arizona.
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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the D-backs on Friday.