One of the longest games in Marlins history ended in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Miguel Rojas’ two-out single in the 17th inning off Brandon Morrow ended the low-scoring marathon at Marlins Park and gave Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter their first win as owners.
It matched the third-longest game in Marlins history in terms of innings.
Caleb Smith made a nice first impression while making his Marlins debut, a term you will here often this season. Smith, who was acquired from the New York Yankees along with Garrett Cooper for international draft money, held the Cubs to a run — a Kris Bryant homer — over 5 1/3 innings while striking out eight.
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Cooper’s night didn’t turn out as well.
He left the game in the fourth after being hit in the wrist by Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. The initial diagnosis: a bruised right wrist. The Marlins are listing him as day-to-day.
After Bryant’s home run in the third put the Cubs on top, the Marlins answered with a run in the bottom of the inning after Lewis Brinson singled for his first Marlins hit and later scored on a Starlin Castro single.
Brinson, who went 0 for 5 on Thursday, collected four singles Friday and made a diving catch in the 10th to rob Addison Russell of a hit.
The Marlins bullpen was superb.
Jacob Turner, Drew Steckenrider, Kyle Barraclough and Brad Ziegler held the Cubs scoreless for 3 2/3 innings to help send the game into extra innings. But it was Jarlin Garcia who shined most, throwing five perfect innings before issuing a leadoff walk in the 15th.
But he worked out of a bases-loaded jam when Derek Dietrich turned Jason Heyward’s hard smash into a double play.