Lewis Brinson wouldn't call the wacky number the Marlins have done to the Giants over the past week as something odd or weird.
"I'd call it awesome," Brinson said.
The Giants probably wouldn't agree, not after the Marlins on Monday came from behind for the fourth time in a week to defeat them, the latest upending coming about when the Marlins scored three runs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory at AT&T Park.
Let's just call it unexpected.
"It has been a little bit of a weird five games so far with them," said manager Don Mattingly. "Obviously that's one you don't count on."
The Marlins trailed 4-0 early and were down 4-2 entering the ninth when they pulled off their latest escape act against the Giants, who must be mortified that the last-place Marlins are making them look silly one game after another.
The Marlins rallied from deficits to either tie the score or take the lead in all four of their games against the Giants in Miami last week. The Marlins won three of those, with the only loss coming in a 16-inning marathon on Thursday to close out the series. But the Marlins didn't leave their magic behind in Miami.
They brought it with them to San Francisco.
Down two runs in the ninth, the Giants went to Strickland to polish off the Marlins and preserve the win. By the time he walked off the mound with the ninth still in progress, Strickland was hearing boos from the Giants crowd.
His meltdown began when Brian Anderson culminated an eight-pitch at bat against Strickland with a leadoff walk.
"All the credit to (Anderson), putting that bat together against their closer," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas said of Anderson's stubborn at bat against Strickland that resulted in a walk. "That, for sure, rattled him right there. He wasn't expecting that at bat from the leadoff guy, and I think everything started from that at bat."
Next up was J.T. Realmuto, who drove a RBI double into the gap to make it 4-3.
After Justin Bour walked and Cameron Maybin grounded into a fielder's choice to leave runners at the corners, Brinson and Rojas followed with the tying and go-ahead singles. Strickland apparently didn't take kindly to Brinson's bat flip on the game-tying single and stared at the Marlins rookie as he was walking back to the dugout. No words were ever exchanged.
"I'm not sure exactly what it was about," Mattingly said. "But guys emotions out there, one's really excited and one's frustrated."
Kyle Barraclough worked a clean ninth for his sixth save. Tayron Guerrero, who pitched the eighth, earned his first major league win.
The latest come-from-behind victory over the Giants spoiled Andrew Suarez's bid to notch his third major league win. The rookie lefty out of the University of Miami and Miami’s Columbus High School was in line for the win when he left in the seventh with a 4-2 lead. But the Marlins left him with a no-decision.
Until the Giants came along last week, the Marlins had not won a game all season in which they trailed by as many as two runs. They've now done it three times in one week against San Francisco.
While Suarez was dealing, the same couldn’t be said for Marlins rookie starter Caleb Smith, who labored through four ineffective innings before coming out. The Giants produced three runs in the second after Brinson misplayed a wind-blown but routine fly ball into a double and Pablo Sandoval capped it off with a two-run homer later in the inning.
The Marlins cut the Giants lead in half, 4-2, in the fifth on Rojas’ two-run single. But Rojas helped quell what might have been a bigger inning when he was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit.
But the Marlins woke up in the ninth and assured themselves of a series win over the Giants with their latest late-inning fireworks.
MARLINS DRAFT PICK CHECKS OUT TEAM
Osiris Johnson, the Marlins’ second-round draft pick out of Encinal High School in nearby Alameda, Calif., was on hand Monday to watch batting practice with his family at AT&T Park.
Johnson, a shortstop and cousin of former Major Leaguer Jimmy Rollins, remains unsigned.
But the Marlins are optimistic they can ink the 17-year-old, who was the 53rd overall pick in the amateur draft earlier this month. Johnson has a college commitment to California State-Fullerton.
In addition to Rollins, Encinal has also produced Willie Stargell and former Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis.
Johnson said that Rollins has worked with him to help him improve.
“Just the discipline part of the game, making sure I stayed disciplined,” Johnson said of Rollins’ biggest influence.
First baseman/outfielder Garrett Cooper began his minor-league rehab assignment Monday with Single A Jupiter. Cooper, whose right wrist was broken the first week of the season, played four innings Monday and went 2 for 2. Because he has missed so much time, manager Don Mattingly said Cooper likely would likely spend most -- if not all -- of the 30-day rehab period in the minors.... The Marlins optioned right-handed pitcher Merandy Gonzalez to Double A Jacksonville to make room for Smith, who was reinstated from the bereavement list and started Monday’s game against the Giants.