The Marlins started Wednesday night by turning what could be Yu Darvish’s final start for the Texas Rangers into the worst of his career.
They finished the night with their most runs ever in a game during a 22-10 trouncing of the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
The Marlins scored nine runs in the fourth – their most in an inning this season – as well as five in the eighth and four in the ninth with those coming off reserve catcher Brett Nicholas, who pitched for the first time in his career.
The Marlins totaled 14 extra-base hits (four home runs, eight doubles and two triples) and 22 hits overall.
All nine Marlins starters had at least one hit and one RBI and eight of them scored at least one run. Mike Aviles, who was called up from the minors on Tuesday, was the only starter that didn’t score a run. But Aviles had two hits and recorded his first two RBI as a Marlin.
Darvish, rumored to be a major trade candidate before Monday’s non-waiver deadline, was charged with a career-worst 10 runs, exiting after 3 2/3 innings in which he walked two and gave up nine hits.
“It’s one of those games that happen every so often,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “They get to be hard games to play. You’re trying to preserve arms and not embarrass anybody and those games just happen. Our guys swing the bat good.”
In addition to the high scoring, the 4-hour, 2-minute marathon had its share of surreal and heated moments.
In the bottom of the eighth, second base umpire Gerry Davis felt Adrian Beltre was inching closer to the plate from the on-deck circle.
Drew Steckenrider, in his 10th big league game, said he didn’t say anything about Beltre.
“It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen,” Steckenrider said. “I didn’t, honestly, know how to react out there. I went over and stood next to Dietrich and we just laughed with our gloves over our faces.”
Beltre, who had a home run and two doubles Wednesday to move within four hits of the 3,000 for his career, then dragged the on-deck circle closer to the plate prompting Davis to eject Beltre. Davis then ejected Rangers manager Jeff Banister after he came out to argue what happened.
“I wasn’t being funny,” Beltre said. “He told me to stand on the mat so I pulled the mat where I was and stood on it. I actually did what he told me. I was listening. He didn’t give me an explanation.”
“I stand here every day. I stand here for a lot of years and I was standing here when he was umpiring home plate and he didn’t say nothing. Everybody stands in the same spot. So I didn’t want to move. I didn’t want to get hit.”
The top half of the eighth had its own peculiar occurrence when Giancarlo Stanton blasted a 468-foot home run off former Marlins’ pitcher Jason Grilli and celebrated it by throwing the bat and swinging his arms as he started up the first base line.
Stanton said his uncharacteristic reaction to a home run was in response to Grilli celebrating striking out Stanton for the final out of Tuesday’s game.
“When you have a reaction like that in a game that out is not the deciding factor in the game, I’m going to do the same, if I get you,” Stanton said. “I don’t like to do that. But you do it for me, for whatever reason, multiple times, that’s what happens.”
Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich started the Marlins’ offensive assault in the first inning with each hitting solo homers.
Yelich went 4 for 5, had three doubles matching the club’s single-game record and has hit seven consecutive extra-base hits over the past two games.
“Trying to ride it out as long as you can,” Yelich said. “It happens. You have stretches where you can’t get one to save your life and then you get a couple in a row.”
Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto each had two hits in that big fourth inning and accounted for three of the four extra-base hits along with Ichiro Suzuki’s double, which scored the first two runs of the frame.
The Marlins sent 13 batters to the plate and finished with 15 total bases in that inning.
Ozuna and Derek Dietrich each had five RBI.
Ozuna started the fourth with a double and later tripled with the bases loaded to become the first Marlin to ever do that in one inning.
Ozuna was the first player in the majors to do it since Xander Boegaerts on May 7 and the first National League player since Brandon Phillips on Aug. 24, 2015. It was Ozuna’s second career bases loaded triple.
Realmuto followed Ozuna’s inning-opening double with a single and followed his bases-clearing triple later on with a two-run home run to left that put the Marlins ahead 11-1.
Stanton’s major-league leading 33rd home run was his 12th in July tied the club record for a month. Stanton (May 2012, June 2015) shares the mark with Dan Uggla (May 2008).