Marlins 9, Rangers 5
Hanley Ramirez’s first-inning grand slam got the Florida Marlins
off to a fast start and his second homer finished off the Texas
Ramirez had three hits and tied his career high with five RBIs
as the Marlins overcome Josh Hamilton’s two homers to beat the
Rangers 9-5 Saturday night.
Logan Morrison also homered for the Marlins, 5-6 since Jack
McKeon took over as interim manager on June 20.
McKeon is trying to get his young hitters to be more patient,
and the message sunk in on Saturday night.
”I mean, the last five games, I think we”ve been playing the
game together and we’ve been getting on base and working on that,
not like we were doing that a week, two weeks or three weeks ago,”
Added McKeon: ”It was nice to get 13 hits and the home runs by
Hanley and those guys, but it was a struggle. It wasn’t an easy
one, but we survived thanks to Hanley’s second home run and
Morrison’s home run that gave us the cushion.”
Both starters failed to last four innings in a game that began
in 100-degree heat.
Florida rookie Brad Hand lasted 3 1-3 innings and Texas’ Derek
Holland was unable to get out of the first.
The Marlins recalled Hand from Double-A Jacksonville for the
start. When he walked two of the first three batters he faced in
the fourth, McKeon brought in Steve Cishek despite Florida’s 6-2
”I wanted to stay in the game, but (McKeon) is trying to win
the game and the walks are the reason I came out of the game,”
Hand allowed two runs and four hits. Hand’s three walks were
unacceptable, McKeon said.
”That club over there, they’re dangerous,” McKeon said. ”You
can’t think you’ve got it made with six runs. We saw what happened.
That’s why you can’t walk guys. If they hit it out with nobody on,
more power to them. But, you know, we walk guys and then we throw
strikes and the guys hit them out.”
Cishek (1-1) gave up three runs – two earned – and two hits in 2
2-3 innings for his first big league victory.
The Marlins knocked out Holland (6-4) with a five-run first.
The first three Florida batters reached to load the bases, and
Ramirez lined a 3-2 pitch into the first row of seats in right
field for his fifth career grand slam.
When Wes Helms added a two-out RBI double in the first for a 5-0
lead, manager Ron Washington removed Holland and brought in Tommy
Hunter for his first appearance of the season. Hunter was activated
from the disabled list on Friday, having missed the first 82 games
with a groin injury.
Holland got two outs, the shortest start of his career, allowing
five runs and four hits.
”He just wasn’t throwing the ball over the plate,” Washington
said. ”Today just wasn’t his day. Some days you go through that.
It was just bad for the team we had to go to the bullpen that
Gaby Sanchez’s second-inning sacrifice fly off Hunter bumped the
Marlins’ lead to 6-0. Florida took advantage of two errors by
Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba, with Emilio Bonifacio reaching on
a bunt attempt when Torrealba threw wildly to first, and Bonifacio
hustling to third on a steal and off-target throw to second by
Third-inning solo homers off Hand by Ian Kinsler and Hamilton
pulled the Rangers to 6-2, and Hamilton’s two-run shot in the fifth
off Cishek made it 6-4.
The Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against
Hunter, who was replaced by Darren O’Day after Bonifacio’s line
drive struck Hunter in the left foot. The Rangers later said Hunter
wasn’t removed from the game due to injury.
Before the game, O’Day was activated off the 60-day disabled
list after recovering from left hip surgery.
Omar Infante’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly off O’Day extended
Florida’s edge to 7-4, but the Rangers made it a two-run game in
the sixth when Craig Gentry scored from second after Ramirez
dropped Kinsler’s two-out popup for an error.
Ramirez atoned for his mistake with a seventh-inning leadoff
homer off O’Day, and Morrison followed with a drive into the right
field seats to make it 9-5.
Notes: Kinsler has four homers in his last five games. …
Ramirez had his 11th multihomer game, all two-homer efforts. …
Washington has AL All-Star selection duties on Sunday morning. He
said much of the work has already been done. ”It’s been an
education, really,” Washington said of his first shot as an
All-Star manager. ”It’s been interesting and fun. I haven’t felt
this much pressure since the World Series.” … The Rangers
announced the signing of CF Desmond Henry, their fourth-round pick
in the June draft.