ARLINGTON -- On a night where Adrian Beltre was chasing history, the Marlins carved out a bit of history for themselves. Miami unloaded on Rangers starter Yu Darvish early, and the Marlins cruised to a record-setting 22-10 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park for their fourth win in
ARLINGTON -- On a night where Adrian Beltre was chasing history, the Marlins carved out a bit of history for themselves. Miami unloaded on Rangers starter Yu Darvish early, and the Marlins cruised to a record-setting 22-10 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park for their fourth win in their last six games.
The 22 runs are the most in Marlins history, eclipsing the previous franchise high of 20 that was set against the Braves on July 1, 2003.
"Well, you know, you give up 10 runs, but you get 22," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, it's one of those games that happens every so often.They get to be hard games to play. You're trying to preserve arms and not embarrass anybody, and those games just happen. I've been on the other side of them."
• Marlins set club record for runs
Miami's offensive eruption overshadowed Beltre's night. He tallied three extra-base hits -- including a homer -- to reach 2,996 for his career before being ejected in the eighth.
Beltre was standing on deck in the eighth, but he was positioned away from the circle and nearly behind Nomar Mazara, who was at the plate. Second-base umpire Gerry Davis instructed him to move, but Beltre dragged the on-deck circle to him instead, and Davis tossed Beltre from the game. Rangers manager Jeff Banister emerged from the dugout to argue with Davis, and after a heated exchange, Davis tossed Banister as well, the fourth time Banister has been ejected this year.
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"He's a great guy and a great player," Miami rookie reliever Drew Steckenrider said. "It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen. I didn't, honestly, know how to react out there. I went over and stood next to [Derek] Dietrich, and we just laughed with our gloves over our faces. That was the first time [I've noticed] a player, because it was the most extreme. I saw him back there. It wasn't bothering me at all."
Every Marlins starter recorded at least one hit and an RBI. Dietrich and Marcell Ozuna drove in a game-high 5, J.T. Realmuto added 3 and Mike Aviles and Giancarlo Stanton each collected a pair. Dee Gordon, Christian Yelich, Realmuto and Stanton all went deep for Miami.
The Marlins knocked 22 hits, fourth most in franchise history. The single-game record is 25, also in that July 1, 2003, rout at Atlanta. Along with his home run, Yelich doubled three times on a four-hit night. Miami scored 11 runs from the seventh inning on.
"You still have to play the game the right way," Yelich said on protocol in a blowout. "You can't just not do things because of the score. Obviously, you're not stealing bases or trying to run it up, but at the same time, you have to play the game. They understand that, and so do we."
Darvish lasted just 3 2/3 innings for his shortest outing of the season -- and the second-shortest of his career -- and he gave up a career-high 10 earned runs in his last start before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. With the loss, the Rangers fell to 4 1/2 games out of the American League Wild Card race.
"As far as tonight, look, offense put some runs on the board, got sideways on the pitching side of it," Banister said. "There are going to be nights like that. They're all going to lay their head down tonight, they'll have an off-day tomorrow. They'll show up ready to play."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gordon sets the tone early: Darvish barely had any time to settle in before he found himself behind. Gordon hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the game to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead, his first homer of the year and the first time he'd gone deep since Sept. 26, 2016, his memorable and emotional shot off Bartolo Colon, then with the Mets. It was Miami's first at-bat after Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident. Yelich followed with his second homer in as many nights two batters later.
Marlins erupt in 4th inning: After a stretch where 14 of the game's last 15 hitters were retired, the Marlins sent 13 batters to the plate in the fourth inning. Ozuna hit a double and a triple, and Ichiro Suzuki also doubled as part of Miami's eight-hit, nine-run inning.
"We just kept getting hits. I think that's the big thing," Mattingly said. "They kept extending the inning. We just keep kind of extending it and extending it. That was obviously a good thing for us."
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The Marlins' nine-run fourth inning fell one run shy of the club record for runs in an inning. Twice they tallied 10, most recently in the bottom of the sixth on Aug. 12, 2015, against the Red Sox. Ozuna became the first player in club history to collect a double and a triple in the same inning. Of the eight hits, four went for extra bases.
STANTON'S SMASH, CELEBRATION
Stanton added a little spice to his titanic-sized home run in the eighth inning. Statcast™ projected the smash at 468 feet, matching Ozuna (May 3) for the longest homer by a Marlins player this season. Stanton also had another 468-foot dinger on May 7. The exit velocity was 112 mph, his 18th shot with a speed greater than 110 mph.
Stanton also did something he rarely ever does, openly celebrating the homer by pumping his fists after flipping his bat in the direction of the Miami dugout after connecting off Jason Grilli. The excessive emotion came a night after Grilli struck out Stanton to end Tuesday's game, a 10-4 Rangers victory. Grilli said pregame on Wednesday that he didn't realize the strikeout ended the game. He thought it was the eighth inning, as he walked towards his dugout, pumping his fists.
"That was just for his reaction last night," Stanton said. "When you have a reaction like that in a game [where] that out is not the deciding factor in the game, I'm going to do the same, if I get you. I don't like to do that. But you do it for me, for whatever reason, multiple times. That's what happens."
Asked whether the reaction was about last night, Grilli answered: "What else could it be about? He doesn't get it, man."
Stanton now has 33 homers, passing Aaron Judge of the Yankees for most in the Majors. He also has 12 in May, tying a franchise record now done four times. Stanton has hit 12 in three separate months, including May 2012 and June '15. Dan Uggla knocked 12 in May '08.
Austin Bibens-Dirkx walked Ichiro to lead off the seventh, and he attempted to pick him off after getting Dietrich to fly out. Ichiro was ruled safe, but Banister challenged the call. After a review, the call was upheld, and Banister fell to 24-of-41 on challenges this year.
Marlins: Miami opens a four-game series at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday against Cincinnati at Marlins Park. Left-hander Chris O'Grady (1-1, 5.40 ERA) goes for the Marlins, with Robert Stephenson (0-3, 8.10 ERA) taking the mound for the Reds. This is a repeat matchup of last Saturday in a game Miami won, 5-4.
Rangers:Andrew Cashner (5-8, 3.64 ERA) pitches against the Orioles for the second time in less than two weeks as the Rangers open a series with Baltimore at 7:05 p.m. CT on Friday at Globe Life Park. Cashner matches up with Chris Tillman (1-5, 7.01 ERA), whom he faced during that start in Baltimore.
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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Rangers on Wednesday.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.