Martinez homers, but Tigers can't convert enough chances

Detroit strands six runners; Simon gives up three in four innings

Martinez homers, but Tigers can't convert enough chances

JUPITER, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs and Marcell Ozuna belted a solo home run that provided enough support for the Marlins to hold off the Tigers, 4-2, on Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

After falling behind by four runs, J.D. Martinez unloaded on a two-run homer to right-center that chipped Detroit closer in the sixth inning.

Miami starter Dan Haren, in his third Grapefruit League start, threw four shutout innings, scattering three hits while striking out two. The right-hander built up his pitch count to 58.

Detroit's Alfredo Simon also worked four innings, but allowed three runs on three hits, and he exited after 53 pitches.

Martinez, who also had a double, hit his two-run shot off Nick Massett.

Ozuna's homer was to left off Simon in the fourth inning. Stanton added an RBI single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the first.

The Marlins manufactured a run in the first inning on Michael Morse's two-out RBI single. Christian Yelich, who walked and stole second, raced home on Morse's single to right.

In the third inning, Miami tacked on a second run on Stanton's sacrifice fly to right, which scored Dee Gordon. The speed of Gordon came into play. Simon hit Gordon by a pitch to lead off the inning. The speedster stole second and advanced to third on Yelich's groundout.

Stanton, seeking his first home run of the spring, lifted a long fly into the wind in right. The ball was caught near the warning track, and Gordon raced home easily.

"It's a process, getting these guys at-bats, their swings get better, all of them," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Of course, you like to see guys have good at-bats in RBI situations when we can score runs. We were really aggressive on the bases. I think everyone can see the difference it makes when Dee and Yeli get on base at any point."

The Tigers' biggest threat off Haren came in the second inning when James McCann and Andrew Romine had back-to-back singles to open the frame. But Haren got Jose Iglesias to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play. J.D. Martinez had a two-out double in the first inning, but was stranded.

Up next: The Tigers finish their two-day stay in Jupiter on Monday when they send left-hander David Price to the hill to face the Cardinals. Price will be making his third Grapefruit League start after allowing four earned runs combined in his first two outings this spring. He'll oppose Cardinals starter John Lackey in his first start this spring.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.