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Marlins erupt in eighth to roll past Diamondbacks

Field Level Media
12 May 2022, 09:05 GMT+10

Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Avisail Garcia each hit three-run home runs during an eight-run ninth inning as the visiting Miami Marlins avoided a three-game sweep with an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday at Phoenix.

Arizona tied the game at 3-3 on pinch hitter Jordan Luplow's two-run homer in the eighth inning before Miami sent 12 batters to the plate and pounded out eight runs on eight hits in the ninth.

Joey Wendle also hit a home run for Miami, which snapped a three-game losing skid and won for just the second time in its last 11 games.

Jacob Stallings began the ninth-inning outburst with a two-out, tiebreaking run-scoring single off Mark Melancon (0-4), who then allowed Chisholm's three-run homer.

J.B. Wendelken replaced Melancon and yielded four-consecutive hits, including an RBI single from Erik Gonzalez and Garcia's three-run blast to center field.

Alek Thomas hit his first career home run for Arizona, which was out-hit 15-4 and saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.

Miami starter Sandy Alcantara allowed one run on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts over seven innings.

Miami took an early lead in the first on Wendle's one-out, two-run blast off Merrill Kelly, who had not allowed a homer in his last six starts dating back to last season.

The Marlins added to their lead in the third. Jesus Sanchez drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Bryan De La Cruz's single, and scored on Stallings' single.

Kelly, who entered the game with a National League-best 1.22 ERA, allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The D-backs got on the board in the third on Thomas' one-out solo homer. The rookie outfielder had two hits and is 5-for-13 with three RBIs in his first four games.

Wendle had two hits before exiting with right hamstring tightness for the Marlins, who had lost their first five meetings against the D-backs this season.

Arizona designated hitter Seth Beer singled in the seventh to break an 0-for-37 streak.

--Field Level Media

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