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With 62nd victory, Marlins match '13 win total

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MIAMI -- With their 10-3 win over the D-backs on Sunday, the Marlins reached the .500 mark and gave legitimacy to their claim they are in the playoff mix.

The win also had some other significance for those who endured 100 losses in 2013.

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In 2013, the Marlins won just 62 games. They reached that mark by winning their final four games, including a 1-0 no-hitter over the Tigers by Henderson Alvarez on the last day of the regular season.

On Sunday, Miami's record improved to 62-62.

Tom Koehler was the winning pitcher, boosting his record to 9-9. The right-hander also was part of the long 2013 campaign.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say that I thought about that today after we won," Koehler said. "To think it took us to the last series of the year last year to get to 62 wins shows the great job the front office has done putting together a competitive team. They put together a quality group of guys who are going to battle until the end.

"We knew coming into this thing that we were going to play hard. We didn't necessarily know what the results were going to be, but when we take the field, we're starting to see things fall into our favor that last year, they didn't."

Giancarlo Stanton, who homered and drove in four runs on Sunday, agreed.

"It's different to come to the field. It's not a morgue in here every time you walk in and just the black drapes and everything. I'm telling you, that's the way it feels when you're like that. So it's good. We're loose, we understand what's ahead. We're not kicking back at all."

It's been an uphill climb to get back to the breakeven mark.

On July 19, they were 44-52. Since then, they're 18-10 heading into Monday's off-day.

"We appreciate where we are, and where we're trying to go," manager Mike Redmond said. "We've got to go out there and keep playing. This is a special group of guys who fight and battle. They pick each other up, and do all the things championship teams do."

The Marlins are bunched up with a number of teams in the National League Wild Card mix. But the way they see it, they are indeed in the race.

"Last year was a rough go," Redmond said. "We knew [2013] was going to be a tough season, but we knew we would be better for it this year. To be sitting here right now with the same amount of wins as last year is a pretty good feeling."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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