In a back-and-forth game, the Miami Marlins took advantage of San Francisco mistakes and came out on top, as they defeated the Giants 6-5 to avoid being swept.
San Francisco drew first blood against Miami starter Tom Koehler when Gregor Blanco singled to lead off the game, and Hunter Pence crushed his 15th homerun of the season into deep center field to give the Giants a 2-0 lead.
But the Marlins would chip away at Madison Bumgarner. Jeff Mathis hit his third home run of the year in the third inning to cut the lead in half, and Miami added two more runs in the next inning. Giancarlo led off with a single, and Justin Ruggiano reached on interference by Hector Sanchez. Ed Lucas and Adeiny Hechavarria hit back-to-back singles to bring in Stanton and Ruggiano and give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.
The Giants would tie it up in the next inning when an RBI single by Pence – who finished the series with eight RBIs – scored Gregor Blanco, but some weird baseball in the bottom of the fifth would give Miami back the lead.
With one out, Donovan Solano walked and, two batters later, Logan Morrison singled. With the runners on first and second, Bumgarner threw a wild pitch for ball four to Ruggiano. Sanchez couldn’t find the ball, allowing Solano to score all the way from second base and giving the Marlins back the lead. Bumgarner finished the inning, but the four earned runs were enough to finish him for the day. He threw 95 pitches in just five innings of work, allowing five hits, four walks, and three strikeouts.
Koehler matched Bumgarner’s five innings of work, tossing 104 pitches and giving up seven hits, four walks, four strikeouts, and three earned runs. Despite the 11 San Francisco base runners, he was in line for the win before Mike Dunn gave up a solo home run to Crawford to lead off the seventh, tying the game at four. With two outs later in the inning, Sandoval singled and Sanchez doubled him home to give the Giants back the lead.
And yet, the Marlins would, once again, come bounding back in the bottom of the inning. After Guillermo Moscoso struck out the side in the sixth, he walked Christian Yelich to lead off the inning and gave up a double to Solano to give Miami their fifth run.
The Giants had two men – Blanco and Crawford – on base in the top of the eighth but failed to score, and the Marlins capitalized in the bottom of the inning. With Sandy Rosario pitching, Lucas singled to lead off the inning and, one batter later, Mathis doubled him home to give Miami their sixth and final run.