Miami Marlins

Marlins and Giants play nice. But it's Giants who come out smiling.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) AP

Jose Urena did some strange stuff Wednesday.

He bunted his way aboard on a two-strike pitch to lead off the third inning. Then he decided to become a daredevil on the bases when he took off running on a lazy fly ball that was caught for a routine out. By the time Urena realized his mistake, it was too late. He was doubled off first.

"I don't think I've ever seen that," said manager Don Mattingly.

The Marlins lost 6-5 to the Giants not because of Urena's hitting and running quirks, though. They lost because of one bad inning by the pitcher, who was cruising along nicely until the sixth when he fell apart completely.

With the Marlins clinging to a 1-0 lead, Urena suffered through an excruciatingly long 39-pitch inning in which he gave up five runs.

While the Marlins staged yet another ninth-inning comeback, they came up short.

And so ended what was an entertaining season series with the Giants, seven games packaged within the short span of 10 days. It was one that involved four Marlins comeback wins, a 16-inning thriller that they lost, and Tuesday's beanball battle in which two Marlins were ejected and the Giants pulled out a 6-3 win.

There was no unruliness on Wednesday. Everyone kept their manners.

But the result was a second straight loss for the Marlins, who continued on to Denver for the final leg of their three-city road trip.

For the first time in their seven games with the Giants, the Marlins on Wednesday were the first to score, coming up with a second-inning run on a Miguel Rojas single. But they couldn't make it stick.

After holding the Giants scoreless for five innings, Urena came undone in the sixth. He gave up a leadoff walk to Kelby Tomlinson, hits to Joe Panik and Brandon Belt, and intentional walk to Pablo Sandoval. Urena was one out from escaping the sixth with only two runs damage.

But he couldn't get the third out. Urena battled Gorkys Hernandez threw a 14-pitch at bat before the former Marlin singled to drive in two runs, and the pitcher's outing ended there.

"Looks like he kind of got out of rhythm and never got back into it," Mattingly said of Urena's difficult sixth inning.

Still, the Marlins weren't done. The Marlins pulled to within 5-3 in the seventh and had a chance to do more damage. But with two runners aboard, Giants reliever Tony Watson retired Brian Anderson and J.T. Realmuto to end that threat.

The Marlins two more runs in the ninth off Sam Dyson and had two aboard with two outs in the ninth. But Reyes Moronta struck out J.B. Shuck on a check swing to end it.

The loss was one where the Marlins could look back and find moments where the outcome might have turned out differently. One such instance was Urena's base running gaffe in the third.

After reaching first to start the inning, Urena took off on Starlin Castro's fly ball to left center. Urena said he thought the ball was going to fall in for a hit. But it did no such thing, landing in Hernandez's glove. Urena was doubled off first. Brian Anderson followed with a single.

"Obviously you lose an out there," Mattingly said of Urena's mistake. "It's one of those things in you mind, you're not quite sure what happened there. I don't know what he was thinking. But we do end up getting a hit with Anderson. It would have probably been a first and third, and at least another chance to score a run. We had some other chances, too."

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