The Miami Marlins blew the lead and then fought back for a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday.
After seeing Fernando Rodney serve up three runs to put Colorado up two, Miami came away with a much-needed win. Rodney had struggled in the previous series as well and could be in danger of losing his eighth inning role. The veteran reliever now has a 6.46 E.R.A with the Marlins.
In the ninth inning with his team down two runs, Adeiny Hechavarria got the scoring started with a run-scoring single. A couple of batters later, Martin Prado would single home two runs to put Miami ahead. A Christian Yelich sacrifice fly would then pad the lead for the Marlins.
In the bottom half of the ninth inning, A.J. Ramos came in and was solid for his 32nd save of the year. Ramos had a rough outing in Chicago recently, but had little trouble in finishing off this one.
Until the ninth, it was a tough day offensively for Miami. The team ended up with eight hits, but was 3-11 with runners in scoring position. The inability to find a timely hit almost proved costly once again for Miami. Hitting with RISP has been an issue for the Marlins all season long.
David Phelps made his first start of the season and did well. The right-hander tossed 4.1 scoreless innings and only left due to his pitch count. After working out of the bullpen all year, Miami elected to have a pitch limit of 70 on Phelps. That number should increase his next time out.
The Marlins will give the ball to Andrew Cashner on Saturday as they seek a second straight win.