2021 MLB Season: Marlins Smash Their Way Back

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2021 MLB season: Marlins first victory
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 03: Anthony Bass #52 and Chad Wallach #17 of the Miami Marlins celebrate their 12-7 win against the Tampa Bay Rays after the MLB game at loanDepot park on April 03, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins lost their first two games of the 2021 MLB season, but they bounced back in convincing fashion on Saturday.

2021 MLB Season: Marlins Smash Their Way to Win # 1

The Miami Marlins came back for their first victory in the 2021 MLB Season. Starling Marte had four hits leading the Miami Marlins to a 12-7 victory Saturday night.

Garrett Cooper homered and drove in three runs for the Marlins, and pinch-hitter Adam Duvall also went deep. Marte and leadoff man Miguel Rojas each scored three times.

Cooper singled home Rojas in the seventh, and Jon Berti ripped a two-run single with two outs to make it 9-6. Berti also doubled in the second.

“They swung the bats very well, squared up a lot of balls,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Miami put together 14 hits Saturday in their first win of 2021.“It speaks to the volume of the lineup we have,” Cooper said. “Everyone is out there battling. Tonight you saw different guys coming through.”

Ng’s “big” addition Duvall launched his first home run with Miami to left-center in the eighth. Marte hit an RBI triple and Cooper, who finished with three hits, added a run-scoring double.

I mentioned the Marlins rookie Jazz Chisholm in an article last week. He had put together a strong finish to spring training to earn the second base starting job. He stole two bases last night. MLB.com’s Christina De Nicola comments “When you rock Grand Theft Auto-inspired cleats, you’re destined for speed.”

The Marlins, who trailed 6-4 after 4 1/2 innings, tied it in the fifth and pushed ahead with three runs each in the seventh and eighth.

Mattingly feels confident in the balance of his team’s lineup: “Not that we’re going to go out and score a ton of runs every night, but I do think we’re pretty balanced up and down the lineup,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We kind of broke the ice last night, and we continued that trend tonight.”

Manuel MargotJoey Wendle and Yandy Diaz all had two hits for the Rays, and Mike Zunino homered.

My pick for Marlins rookie of the year, Elieser Hernandez only made it through 2 1/3 innings for the Marlins. Richard Bleier (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless seventh.

Tampa Bay, the reigning American League champion, won 11 of the previous 12 matchups between the Sunshine State rivals over the past three years. Miami was 0-7 against the Rays at home since a 3-0 victory on July 4, 2018 — including losses in the first two games this season.

Rich Hill gave up four earned runs over four innings in his first start with Tampa Bay. The 41-year-old lefty struck out four and walked two. Chris Archer (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs in two innings of relief.

An ailing Elieser Hernandez made it through just 2 1/3 innings for the Marlins, who needed six relievers to finish the game. Richard Bleier (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless seventh.

Injury Update

Marlins: Hernandez exited with inflammation in his right biceps tendon. He struck out three and did not walk a batter while throwing 23 of 34 pitches for strikes.

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