After going 8-2 on the homestand, Miami is 24-31. It's still not an enviable spot, but there is time to reach .500 and above well before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Already, speculation is heating up that the club is primed to become a seller.
At this point, the Marlins are on the fence, seeing how these next few weeks play out.
"We built a little momentum to get ourselves back to respectability," Mattingly said.
Ellis had perhaps the best at-bat of the season in the seventh inning on Sunday, grinding out 14 pitches against hard-throwing Archie Bradley. Ellis won the showdown, lining a 99.8-mph fastball into center field to drive in the game-winning run.
Moore, starting at first base as Justin Bour got a breather, connected on a three-run homer in the first inning.
"We're starting to build a little bit of momentum," Mattingly said. "Today's game, in the middle, when it was tied up, I had already felt like we'd won. This was one after the no-hitter. We came out, and we had a good homestand."
Ellis said the Marlins started coming together after Giancarlo Stanton moved into the second spot in the order, which was May 23 at Oakland. In the 12 games since, the offense has scored 70 runs, the fourth most in the Majors.
"I think there's a lot to be said for the way the lineup has been constructed," Ellis said, "having G sitting in that two-hole. I know, being an opposing catcher, and the second batter of the game comes up and you're already on your heels. The danger already starts."
The Marlins hit 16 homers during the homestand.
"Having G sitting in that two-hole just changes the whole dynamic of what the opposing team is thinking," Ellis said. "It changes the whole dynamic in how our offense is responding. I think the numbers bear that out. I think the wins and the offensive output is definitely a byproduct of that."
The road doesn't get any easier. Miami opens a seven-game road trip beginning on Monday against the defending World Series champion Cubs.
"Hopefully we go on the road and hold our own out there and see where we're at," Mattingly said.