Marlins Walk-Off With Series Win Following Alvarez's Gem

The Marlins had a walk-off win on Thursday after Henderson Alvarez gave the team seven shutout innings

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    Henderson Alvarez threw seven shutout innings on Thursday

    The Miami Marlins won their series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday with a 4-3 walk-off victory.

    Christian Yelich delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth. Marcell Ozuna had started the inning with a hard hit of his own to right-field and moved into scoring position following a single by Jeff Mathis. Reed Johnson's pinch-hit infield single then loaded the bases with two outs.

    Henderson Alvarez has had a tough May struggling in three of his last four starts. Alvarez went seven shutout innings in this game and was only lifted due to his pitch count, which was at 105. Alvarez struck out three, walked two and allowed four hits. The right-hander was in line for a win until the bullpen blew the lead in the eighth.

    A.J. Ramos started the eighth inning and retired only one batter before being lifted. Mike Dunn entered and struggled in a big way. Miami was ahead 3-0 when Dunn entered and the game was tied when the inning ended. Dunn allowed the inherited runner to score along with two of his own.

    With the game tied in the top of the ninth, Miami turned to Steve Cishek. The closer turned in a scoreless inning and ended up being credited with the win.

    Ozuna continued his power surge with a two-run home run in the seventh inning. In the previous game, Ozuna hit a grand slam and had five runs batted in. The blast in this one was his eighth of the season to go along with 30 RBI. Earlier in the game, Giancarlo Stanton picked up his 45th RBI of the season as part of a two-hit day.

    The Marlins will begin a series with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday with Tom Koehler scheduled to take the ball.