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Ozuna makes his 4th hit first walk-off of year

Center fielder having success by not swinging for fences
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MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna has yet to smash a home run, but the Marlins center fielder on Friday night celebrated his first walk-off hit of the season.

Ozuna's third double of the night found the gap in left-center, and it had enough distance to enable Giancarlo Stanton to slide home from first and give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna has yet to smash a home run, but the Marlins center fielder on Friday night celebrated his first walk-off hit of the season.

Ozuna's third double of the night found the gap in left-center, and it had enough distance to enable Giancarlo Stanton to slide home from first and give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Marlins Park.

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Ozuna celebrated the first three-doubles game of his career. And the three two-base hits tie a franchise record, which was last recorded by Garrett Jones on May 2, 2014, against the Dodgers.

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"This feels great," Ozuna said. "When I saw the ball drop, I was saying, 'Go home! Don't stop!' When the coach on third sent him, I was like, 'Let me see.' Then we celebrated."

For the most part, it was a frustrating night offensively for the Marlins, who left 12 runners on base.

But in the ninth inning off Ken Giles, Stanton drew a leadoff walk.

Ozuna stepped in a perfect 3-for-3 with an intentional walk. On the second pitch, the center fielder blistered a long liner to left. It likely had home run distance, but sailed about 15 feet foul.

The next pitch was crushed to left-center. Statcast tracked the drive at 396 feet. The exit velocity of the smash was 106 mph.

A year ago, Ozuna had 23 home runs, the second most of any National League center fielder.

"He's going to hit. He'll hit his homers," manager Mike Redmond said. "The worst thing he can do is go out there and try to hit homers. We talk to him about it all the time."

Stanton was waved home by third-base coach Brett Butler. Center fielder Odubel Herrera made a strong relay throw to Freddy Galvis, who threw home. Carlos Ruiz made an attempt on Stanton, who slid in safely.

The play was reviewed for one minute, 39 seconds before the walk-off was official.

"I felt so confident with him at the plate right there," Redmond said. "His at-bats were solid. And you can just tell he wanted to be up in that situation, and when I saw that ball in the gap, I was hoping G was going to be able to make it. It was close, but we'll take it."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro.

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