A run in the eighth inning lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday.
With the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, manager Don Mattingly turned to Martin Prado as a pinch-hitter. The game was tied at the time and Prado changed that with a sacrifice fly to put Miami up one. The run would hold up and help Miami pick up a second straight win.
The runner who scored on that sacrifice fly was Dee Gordon and he reached base in a record way. Gordon had a 16-pitch at-bat before singling which was the longest AB in franchise history.
Jose Fernandez started the game in a rough fashion and found himself with a high pitch count early. The right-hander managed to work around jams to allow only one run however. Fernandez would eventually settle in and struck out the side in his last inning of work.
Fernandez's final line for the day consisted of five innings of one-run ball. The ace allowed three hits, walked three and struck out five overall. After tow starts this year, Fernandez remains 0-1 and now has a 5.06 E.R.A.
Miami's first run of the game came in the fourth inning when Derek Dietrich brought home Giancarlo Stanton. Dietrich was making his first start of the year in place of Prado at third. Dietrich would end up having a two-hit day which included his second double of the year.
Ichiro Suzuki would pinch-hit and single for the first time this year. Suzuki is now 64 hits shy of 3,000 for his career and also passed hitting coach Barry Bonds on the All-Time list with the knock.
The Marlins and Mets will wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Miami has Adam Conley scheduled to make the start.
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