By Joe Frisaro and Steve Wilaj
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MIAMI -- The Orioles opted to avoid Giancarlo Stanton in the 13th inning Saturday night, intentionally walking the slugger to load the bases. Martin Prado made them pay with a two-out RBI single off lefty T.J. McFarland, lifting the Marlins to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles in 13 innings at Marlins Park.
Prado's heroics snapped Miami's eight-game losing streak and gave manager Dan Jennings his first victory after five losses. Each team left 10 on base. Carter Cappsstruck out six in three innings of relief to collect the win in a game that lasted three hours and 51 minutes.
It took six games for Jennings, but the Marlins celebrated their third walk-off of the season in the Clevelander party area, covering him with shaving cream and assorted beverages.
"This is not about me," Jennings said. "Am I thrilled to have a first win as a manager? You bet. But much more important to me as a manager is to break an eight-game losing streak and watch what these guys have done. And to see them fight and battle and have to win a very tough ballgame against a good team."
The game was the 267th played at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012, and it was the first to enter extra innings scoreless. It also was the longest stretch of scoreless innings in MLB this season. The longest combined scoreless innings game in Marlins history came on Sept. 26, 1998, in a game the Marlins won, 1-0, against the Phillies in 13 innings.
The long game also featured Orioles lefty Brian Matusz being ejected in the 12th inning after umpires detected a "foreign substance" on his right forearm. Jennings pointed it out to the umpires after J.T. Realmuto bounced out to third.
In his second MLB start, Mike Wright impressed, limiting Miami to three hits. The right-hander was humming in 97-mph fastballs, and he struck out four over seven shutout innings. Marlins right-hander Dan Haren threw six scoreless, but it was a challenge. The Orioles had runners in scoring position in five of those frames. Haren's 115 pitches were the most by any Miami starter this season. No Marlin has thrown more than 115 pitches since 2012.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Out at the plate: The Orioles were a couple of inches away from taking the lead in the sixth inning. Travis Snider doubled with two outs, and Haren convinced Jennings that he should stay in the game. After an intentional walk to Caleb Joseph, Wright stepped up. The pitcher singled up the middle, but center fielder Marcell Ozuna made a strong throw to the plate, and Realmuto tagged Snider out at the plate. Snider attempted a twisting, head-first slide, but he was ruled out. The Orioles considered challenging, but didn't.
Haren's escape act: Not exactly how Haren drew it up, but the results were favorable. In the first and second innings, Haren allowed the first two batters to reach, only to leave the runners stranded. If not for the early escape act, with the way Wright was throwing, it could have been a rough night for Miami.
"Man, that was a grind. It was one of the toughest six innings I've ever thrown," Haren said. "I was pretty much out of gas in the sixth."
Foreign substance: With two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning, Jennings halted the game to have Matusz inspected for a foreign substance. The umpires indeed found Matusz guilty and ejected the lefty. He left in a scoreless tie and was relieved by McFarland, who recorded the final out to send the game to the 13th before allowing the walk-off single.
"This was a situation that we saw," Jennings said. "The game is tough enough to play. We didn't want to create an unfair advantage to our hitters, so that's why I went out and asked them to check it." More >
Davis caught looking: In the top of the fifth inning, O's first baseman Chris Davis struck out looking for the third consecutive at-bat. He left Manny Machado, who doubled to start the inning, stranded at second.
"It's just one win. We've got a long way to go. We dug ourselves in a hole once this year and got out of it. We've got to dig ourselves out of this one. You can't win 10 games in one day. You've got to win one at a time. I know that's cliche. We've got a talent club. We're better than our record says we are." -- Haren, on stopping the losing streak
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In the second inning, Haren walked Snider. It marked the first walk Haren has given up in May. The Miami veteran went four straight starts without issuing a bases on balls. He hadn't walked a batter since facing the Nationals on April 26, when he walked three.
In the bottom of the third inning, Miami's Christian Yelich tried to take second on his leadoff single when O's right fielder Delmon Young bobbled the ball. Yelich was initially ruled safe on his slide into second, but Baltimore manager Buck Showalter challenged the play and the call was overturned after a two-minute, 54-second review that showed Yelich over-slid and took his hand off the base.
In the 10th inning, the Marlins challenged what could have been a walk-off wild pitch. With two outs and Adeiny Hechavarria on third, rookie reliever Oliver Drake bounced a pitch that bounced away from Joseph. Hechavarria gambled and tried to score, but Joseph flipped the ball to his pitcher, and on a bang-bang play, the call was out. After a review of one minute and six seconds, the call was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT Orioles: The O's send Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.24 ERA) to the mound Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET as they end their brief three-game road trip. The righty has gone at least seven innings in his past two starts and is coming off a win against Seattle on Tuesday.
Marlins: The Marlins close out their 10-game homestand on Sunday, with Tom Koehler (2-3, 3.70) getting the start. This is Koehler's first meeting against Baltimore. The right-hander has made eight starts and one relief appearance this season.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.