The Miami Marlins won a fourth straight game and inched closer to first place on Thursday in a wild 11-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
The win completed a four-game Citrus Series sweep by Miami and was also its 12th straight interleague win dating back to 2013. With the win, the Marlins are now within a percentage point of first place in the National League East. Miami also leads the Wild Card race in the N.L.
Two of the biggest days came from players in their first big league game. J.T. Realmuto had been with the team for a few days but had not seen any game action until making the start on Thursday. The young catcher made the most of the opportunity by picking up two hits and bringing home three runs.
Justin Bour who was also making his big league debut had a pair of hits of his own along with a run batted in. Bour was the designated hitter for the game and should find himself in that role again in a few days when Miami visits Arlington.
Giancarlo Stanton did not let the new guys have all the fun as he too had a good day. The slugger hit his 17th home run of the year. Stanton also extended his Major League Baseball leading RBI count to 53 with the two-run blast.
Marcell Ozuna padded the lead in the ninth with his 11th home run of the year, which was also a two-run home run.
Jacob Turner had a day to forget on the mound but picked up the win due to the offensive showing of his teammates. Turner allowed five runs on eight hits in only 5.1 innings of work. The right-hander is now 2-3 with a 5.59 E.R.A. on the season.
The Marlins will take their winning streak into Wrigley Field on Friday with Nathan Eovaldi scheduled to start.