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Marlins Survive Series Against Mariners, Salvaging Final Game



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The Miami Marlins recently wrapped up a challenging series against the Seattle Mariners, dropping the first two games but managing to salvage the final one. The Marlins endured a tough start to the series but showed resilience and determination in their victory.

In the opening game, the Marlins fell to the Mariners with a score of 8-1. Starting pitcher Jesus Luzardo struggled with his command, surrendering five earned runs in just four innings. The Marlins’ offense was largely quiet, with Luis Arraez, who had been on a hot streak flirting with a .400 batting average, going 0-4. The lone bright spot for Miami came from Nick Fortes, who belted a home run in the fifth inning.

Game two followed a similar pattern, as the Marlins once again struggled on the mound, with their starting pitchers unable to get past the fourth inning. Edward Cabrera lasted four innings, allowing five runs, while Archie Bradley faced trouble and gave up a bases-clearing triple to Jose Caballero. Jorge Soler and Garret Cooper provided the Marlins’ offense, with Soler contributing an RBI single in the fifth inning and Cooper launching a two-run home run in the eighth. Nevertheless, the Mariners sealed their victory with a home run by Mike Bell in the bottom of the eighth. Luis Arraez continued to struggle, going 0-5 at the plate.

However, the Marlins managed to turn the tide in the final game of the series, clinching a 4-1 win over the Mariners. The standout performer was Eury Perez, a young pitching phenom who showcased his dominance on the mound. Perez pitched a brilliant six-inning shutout, allowing only two hits and no runs. With this impressive performance, Perez now boasts a remarkable 1.80 ERA and holds a 4-1 record through his first seven major league starts.

The Marlins got on the scoreboard early in the third inning when a wild pitch allowed Jonathan Davis to score. Jorge Soler provided an insurance run in the sixth inning with a solo home run, giving the Marlins a 2-1 lead. In the eighth inning, Nick Fortes hit a double, and Jonathan Davis added a sacrifice fly, resulting in two more runs for the Marlins. The game reached a thrilling climax in the bottom of the ninth when the Mariners had the bases loaded and were on the verge of a game-tying grand slam. However, Jesus Sanchez made an awe-inspiring play, leaping over the wall to steal a home run from Eugenio Suarez. Although the Mariners managed to send one runner home, the Marlins held on for the win. Sanchez’s remarkable catch will undoubtedly be remembered as the play of the month.

Following the series, the Marlins now hold a 38-31 record and are off to their best start since 1997. Despite Arraez’s recent struggles at the plate, going 0-3 in the final game and facing a drop in his batting average to .378, the Marlins remain in contention. They sit just 1.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves and are firmly in the mix for a wild card spot, alongside the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Looking ahead, the Marlins have an excellent opportunity to regain their winning ways as they face the last-place Washington Nationals in their upcoming game on Friday. Sandy Alcantara is set to start for the Marlins, and fans eagerly anticipate another strong performance from their team as they aim to continue their pursuit of a successful season.

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