Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 4/30/13
It took 15 innings but the Miami Marlins finally won a second game in a row with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.  It’s the first time this year that Miami has been able to get over the one win in a row plateau.  It wasn’t all good for the Marlins however as they lost star Giancarlo Stanton to a hamstring strain.   The slugger was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game and was replaced by prospect, Marcell Ozuna.   Joe Mahoney was also placed on the DL with a hamstring injury of his own and replaced by Brad Hand.   The Marlins chose to promote Hand due to an exhausted bullpen. Jose Fernandez started the marathon of a game but only lasted four innings in what was his shortest start as a Major Leaguer thus far.   Fernandez struggled with command especially in terms of his fastball.   In all, the young pitcher allowed two runs on three hits in his four innings.  The Mets also walked three times and struck out four times.   One of the stars of the day was Tom Koehler who came in to pick up innings and did just that.  Koehler pitched three shutout innings of one hit ball while striking out five.   That effort kept Miami in the game and ultimately allowed them to tie things up in the ninth.   A.J. Ramos, Ryan Webb and Steve Cishek each worked a scoreless inning of relief.   Chad Qualls had himself one of his better days of the year going two scoreless innings in the 11th and 12th.   The last man to pitch was Jon Rauch and he threw a total of 60 pitches which is  unusually high number for the veteran.   Rauch allowed a run on three hits in three innings of work while striking out five.  That run came in the 15th inning but due to a comeback by Miami in the bottom half, Rauch improved to 1-2 on the season. Long games often  mean a lot of hits and in this case, that was true as the Marlins put together 16 of them but only two of the extra base variety.   Greg Dobbs and Justin Ruggiano each doubled, the third and sixth of the year for each respectively.    Multi-hit games were running wild for Miami as Juan Pierre, Donovan Solano, Rob Brantly, Nick Green, Dobbs and Ruggiano each had two hits or mote.   Green had a big day picking up a sacrifice fly in the ninth to tie it and then another in the 15th to win the game after Brantly tied it with a single.   Juan Pierre was hit on the arm with a pitch in the same inning that Stanton was injured but remained in the game. The Marlins will look to make it three wins in a row on Tuesday with Kevin Slowey scheduled to make the start.
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