Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 5/18/12

The Miami Marlins who own the best record in the National League in the history of interleague play started off the 2012 version in a winning way with a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians.    The win was in come from behind style and moved Miami back to three games over .500 on the season.   The victory also puts the Marlins in a good position to extend their streak of series without a loss to seven.

Carlos Zambrano was wild but had enough to keep the Marlins in the game leading to the eventual win.    It was a battle for the veteran in his seven innings of work as he walked five and only struck out two.   Coming into the start, Zambrano had been striking out batters at a good rate and had also shown exceptional control.    By staying in long enough to witness the rally,  Zambrano picked up his second win of the season.     Randy Choate worked a perfect eighth for his seventh hold of the season while Heath Bell nailed down his fourth save of the year in the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning.

The Marlins were busy on the basepaths but for the most part, not successfully as Indians’ catcher Carlos Santana caught three attempted base stealers.    Omar Infante, Bryan Petersen and Emilio Bonifacio were all caught.  For Bonifacio it was his first caught stealing of the year snapping a streak of 20 swipes in a row to begin the season.   There was more bad news for Bonifacio as well when he was forced to leave the game with a sprained thumb following the stolen base attempt.  The Marlins’ center fielder is listed as day-to-day.   Should Bonifacio be unable to play, it’s expected that Petersen will see an increase in playing time.   Speaking of Petersen, he had a big game reaching base in all three of his at-bats while scoring two runs including the eventual game winner.

Miami will look to win the series on Saturday when Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to oppose Jeanmar Gomez.

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