After struggling mightily in April, Miami's offense is clicking and the Marlins are piling up wins.
Their suddenly potent lineup will be put to the test in Thursday night's two-game series finale against the Atlanta Braves, who will give the ball to major league ERA leader Brandon Beachy.
With Wednesday's 8-4 victory over the Braves, Miami (20-7) improved to 12-3 in May and moved three games above .500 for the first time. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer while Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonifacio also drove in two runs apiece for the Marlins, who are 9-1 on the road this month.
Miami's offense has keyed the turnaround in May, averaging 4.7 runs and batting .255. Miami scored 3.3 runs per game and batted .228 in April.
"The difference this month is we get big hits because we're pitching the same,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The Marlins made quick work of Atlanta starter Mike Minor on Wednesday, knocking him around for six runs in 4 2-3 innings. The beating wasn't surprising...