Starter Carlos Zambrano went six innings for Miami, scattering seven hits and three earned runs on 111 pitches to pick up the win and improve to 3-3. But he got a lot of help in the seventh, when he left with runners on first and second and nobody out.
Left-hander Dan Jennings came in and got top prospect Bryce Harper to fly out down the line in left. Coghlan, who made a stellar running catch to preserve a Marlins win last week, made another Monday by sliding to catch Harpers fly just before it hit the ground. He promptly got up and fired the ball into the infield, keeping Roger Bernadina at first.
That play Coghlan made was a huge for us, said Morrison, who also hit his first home run since April 28, a solo shot in the fourth. I mean, I dont make that play if Im out there.
Edward Mujica then came in and got Ryan Zimmerman, who blasted a two-run double earlier in the game, to ground into an inning-ending, 6-4-3 double play on one pitch.
That was awesome, said Zambrano, who celebrated the play in the dugout. I found out why theyre in first place. Those guys can hit. They have good pitching. Theyre good.
All there was left to do after that was watch Bell finish it in the ninth.
There was some boos on the first ball and second ball, but thats because the fans want to win and theyre real passionate about their team, Bell said. ... It feels really good to go out there and get the job done like I know I can, show these boys I can do it. I just have to keep going out there, pitching my game and earning my keep.