If the Marlins don’t score big, they don’t win.
That’s been the case for the duration of a dreadful month, and it was the case once again Tuesday when they hammered out a 11-9 win over the A’s. They racked up a season-high 19 hits, opened up an early 7-1 lead, and fended off an A’s charge in the middle and late innings before securing the win.
“It was a good win. I don’t care how we get it at this point,” said manager Don Mattingly, who watched the A’s come up with three runs in the ninth off his closer, A.J. Ramos, to make it interesting.
Tuesday’s scenario was strikingly similar to their only win of the Dodgers series in Los Angeles when they built a 10-0 early lead only to have it shrivel into an uncomfortably close 10-6 final. But that’s how these Marlins go. Their pitching is such that if they don’t score big, winning becomes an even greater challenge.
Of their six wins since their tailspin began on April 26, four have occurred when they’ve scored 10 or more runs. One of the others was by a 7-0 margin. Their only low-scoring victory came in a 3-1 win over Atlanta.
“We’re going to have to be better than that,” Mattingly said. “You’re not going to be able to win like this. I don’t care who you are. You’re not going to go out and score 10, 11 on a consistent basis. You can do that every once in a while.”
Tuesday’s win did not occur without yet another injury, this time to center fielder Christian Yelich. Yelich came out in the eighth with a right hip flexor injury and is day to day.
“It gradually got worse throughout the game,” Yelich said. “It got to the point where I was running and it just wasn’t happening. It’s tough to go out there and play center field when that happens. Hopefully it’s just a couple of days and we’ll be good.”
If the Marlins could feel good about anything besides just the win, it was their offensive attack, which was working from the first inning through the ninth. The Marlins scored in every inning except three -- the fourth, six and eighth -- and they needed every one of those runs.
Justin Bour went 4 for 5 with a double, home run and two RBI, and everyone in the lineup registered at least one hit. Bour, who was hitting just .184 as recently as April 29, has since gone 28 for 74 (.378) with nine home runs. Three of his blasts during that span, including his moon shot to right on Tuesday, have come off left-handed pitching. Bour’s home run off Oakland southpaw reliever Daniel Coulombe was his 12th and gave him the team lead.
“It’s just fun to win,” Bour said. “It’s good to come out with a bunch of hits after that off day and do well.”
Jose Urena started and earned the win for the Marlins despite giving up six runs in five plus innings. The Marlins jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third on RBI hits from Marcell Ozuna, Bour and Derek Dietrich. But Urena hit Jed Lowrie with a pitch and walked Khris Davis to start the fourth, then gave up a three-run homer to Ryon Healy.
The A’s added two more runs in the sixth to cut Miami’s lead to 8-6.
The Marlins looked as though they put the game away in the ninth on RBI singles by J.T. Riddle and Dee Gordon to make it 11-6.
But the A’s came up with three runs in the ninth off Ramos. Two came on Rajai Davis’ two-run homer. But Ramos struck out Stephen Vogt with a man on to end it.