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Marlins lose home run slugfest to Rockies

A Miami Marlins fan attempts to snach a ball hit for a home run during the last game of the series between the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on June 20, 2016.
A Miami Marlins fan attempts to snach a ball hit for a home run during the last game of the series between the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on June 20, 2016. lriely@miamiherald.com

The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of history Monday.

They and the Rockies combined for eight home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory, making it the most runs ever scored in a major-league game in which solo homers accounted for all of the scoring.

And they weren’t even playing it at Coors Field, where the ball flies.

The loss prevented Miami from pulling off their first four-game sweep at Marlins Park, and it knocked them back into a second-place tie with the New York Mets in the National League East.

In what was a rare slugfest at a ballpark where home runs go to die, the Marlins and Rockies put on a power show, and the best place to catch the action was left field, because that’s where all but one of the eight homers ended up. It was the most home runs ever hit in a game at Marlins Park, breaking the previous mark by one.

And the major-league record was obliterated.

The previous record for most runs in which solo homers accounted for all the scoring was five.

“Eight homers? Nobody on base? Unbelievable,” said Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

The bash-a-thon began in the first when Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton went deep for back-to-back shots off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa. The homer for Stanton was his first since May 24, and they were the first back-to-back homers of the season for the Marlins.

The Rockies got into the power act in a big way in the second, but not without controversy.

Trevor Story, Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley each homered off Paul Clemens, who was making his first major-league start since 2014. The Marlins had called up Clemens to replace Justin Nicolino in the rotation, and the outing wasn’t without its moments.

But Story hit his homer after he swung and missed at what the Marlins argued was strike three. Even though replays showed the ball never struck Story’s bat, home plate umpire Ron Kulpa called it a foul ball.

Kulpa might have been thrown off by the sound of the ball striking Story’s right shoulder. Though umpires went to replay to look at the call, the play was not reviewable and Story was given another chance.

He hit Clemens’ next pitch over the fence.

After giving up three homers in the second, Clemens walked three batters in a scoreless fourth.

He was also dealing with a hand injury during most of his five innings.

Blood was seen coming from either a cut or blister on the outside of his right thumb.

Clemens said it happens to him all the time, from where the ball rubs against his skin when he’s throwing breaking balls, and that it doesn’t affect his pitching.

“It happens quite a bit, it’s not a big deal,” Clemens said.

But he managed to escape unharmed — or, at least without a decision.

That’s because Ozuna tied matters with his second home run of the game and 15th of the season.

In the sixth, though, Reynolds homered off Brian Ellington, once again, with nobody on base.

Charlie Blackmon ended the slugfest with a solo shot to center in the ninth off Marlins reliever Nick Wittgren.

“Every run tonight, right? Eight solos?” Mattingly asked. “That was different for sure, and obviously they got the better of us on that.”

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