Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 4/15/12

The Miami Marlins came away 5-4 winners in eleven innings on Sunday as they took the series from the Houston Astros.  Hanley Ramirez who had three hits on Saturday added four more on Sunday including the game winner.    The game also featured the first ever homerun by a Marlin in Marlins Park and with the win, the team now stands at 4-6 on the year.

Anibal Sanchez made his first start at Marlins Park and gave the team six solid innings.   Overall the veteran allowed three runs on five hits with two of those runs being earned.     Sanchez also struck out seven including an electrifying final strikeout in the sixth that resulted in a roar from the crowd.    Ryan Webb pitched a scoreless seventh before Mike Dunn allowed a run in the eighth.    In the ninth, Chad Gaudin entered and he was the last man Joey Cora wanted to use in this one.  The remaining arms were considered off-limits and this was proven in the tenth when Gaudin hit for himself in a potential game winning spot.    The Marlins’ long reliever wound up going three scoreless innings to earn the win.

Ramirez’s big day not only featured the aforementioned game winner but also a game tying two run homerun.   In the eighth inning, Ramirez hit the second Marlins’ homerun of the day and his second of the year to knot the game at four.    The seven hits in two games boosted the All-Star’s average to .282 for the season after it languished under .200 prior to the Houston series.    The Marlins’ third basemen was 4-5 on the day with three runs batted in.   A day after a costly error, Logan Morrison went 3-5 with a run batted in and also played a little first base after a late double switch.    In the second inning, Omar Infante hit the first ever Marlins’ homerun at Marlins Park, it was the second baseman’s fourth blast of the season.

The Marlins are off on Monday before opening a series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.  The scheduled starters are Josh Johnson for Miami and Ryan Dempster for Chicago.

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