Marlins jump ahead early, hang on late vs. A's

Marlins jump ahead early, hang on late vs. A's

OAKLAND -- The revamped Marlins' lineup had production up and down the order Tuesday night. No. 2 hitterGiancarlo Stanton had three singles and an RBI, Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and Justin Bour  collected four hits, including a home run in the a 11-9 win over the A's.

The Marlins established season highs for hits (19) and runs, and still had to hang on after the A's made things interesting with three runs in the ninth off closer A.J. Ramos.

"One of the things we harped on last year, you've got to continue to score," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "You never know how many you're going to need. Tonight was that night we needed all of them."

The A's received a solo shot from Yonder Alonso, a three-run homer from Ryon Healy and a Rajai Davis two-run homer in the ninth, but Miami was able to claim a big lead early and hold on late.

Davis' two-run homer

"It's very easy to become complacent if you go out there and score a bunch of runs," Bour said of Miami's ability to add on runs. "Everybody, one through nine, continued to take great at-bats, getting on base for everyone. It worked out well for us."

The A's got a scare when Alonso was struck by a Jarlin Garcia pitch (a changeup) in the sixth inning. Initially, he stayed in the game, but eventually was replaced, and X-rays on his right hand/wrist came back negative.

"It's a little sore," Alonso said. "I think we were lucky that the X-rays came back negative. That's the good news."

Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn's outing was abruptly cut short due to a right triceps strain in the third inning, after he issued a leadoff single to Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna saw three pitches. With the count 2-1, manager Bob Melvin and the trainers headed to the mound, and Hahn gave way to Bobby Wahl. In two-plus innings, Hahn was charged with five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. It's too early to tell whether Hahn will make his next start, but the right-hander said he expects to undergo an MRI soon.

"It wasn't [Hahn's] best game," Melvin said. "Obviously, his stuff was limited, based on the fact he wasn't feeling great or throwing as hard as he normally does."

Melvin on Alonso and Hahn

Through four innings, Miami starter Jose Urena had allowed just two hits, but they were both home runs. Alonso's homer was on a full-count fastball and, per Statcast™, had an exit velocity of 111.4 mph, making it his second hardest-hit home run since 2015. On April 19 against the Rangers, he posted a homer at 111.5 mph.

Alonso's solo homer

"I was doing fine, but those [home run] pitches, I got behind in the count," Urena said. "Those guys, I was showing fastball early."

Dropped pop, missed chance: After a couple of walks and a dropped popup by second baseman Dee Gordon, the Marlins found themselves in a mess in the seventh inning. Still, Kyle Barraclough was able to get into and out of trouble in a wild inning. Protecting a three-run lead, Barraclough walked Matt Joyce and Mark Canha to open the inning, and with one out, Khris Davis lifted a popup to short right-center. Gordon raced out, got under it, but the ball deflected off his glove for an error, filling the bases. Barraclough retired Alonso on a popup to short right, which Gordon got to for the second out and Healy's liner to center ended the threat.

"It was a good win," Mattingly said. "I don't care how you get it at this point. We need to get them. It's not exactly the way you'd want to do it."

Mattingly on the team's offense

Double-trouble in third: The Marlins padded their lead to 7-1 with three-runs in the third inning, a frame Hahn exited after one batter due to a triceps strain. Back-to-back doubles by Ozuna and Bour off Wahl accounted for two runs and Derek Dietrich tacked on an RBI single. After the third inning, every player in Miami's lineup had at least one hit.

"The guys kept playing and a lot of guys had big nights," Mattingly said.

Dietrich's RBI single

"We're going to have to be better than that. You're not going to be able to win like this, I don't care who you are. You've not going to go out and score 10 or 11 on a consistent basis. You're going to do it once in a while." -- Mattingly on needing a big offensive output to win

Stanton batted second for just the second time in his career. The three-time All-Star, who broke in as a 20-year-old in 2010, previously hit in the two spot on Sept. 16, 2016, at Philadelphia. He was 0-for-2 with two walks that night. Mattingly reasoned that Stanton hitting second broke up a string of four straight left-handed hitters -- Dietrich, J.T. Riddle, Ichiro and Gordon were lined up before Stanton came to bat after the first inning.

Stanton's RBI single

Marlins: Edinson Volquez (0-6, 4.87) is still seeking his first win with the Marlins. The right-hander gets the nod in the series finale with the A's at 3:35 p.m. ET. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 4.88 ERA in six career starts against Oakland.

Athletics: The A's are set to host the Marlins for a 12:35 p.m. PT matinee on Wednesday to wrap up the quick two-game set, before getting an off-day Thursday and heading out for a road trip through New York and Cleveland. Ace Sonny Gray (1-1, 3.97 ERA) will look to build on his last start, when he struck out a season-high eight batters over six innings.

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Alex Espinoza is a contributor to based in the Bay Area. He covered the A's on Tuesday.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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