Marlins Lose Sloppy Finale to Royals

The Royals and Marlins combined for six errors in Miami's 5-2 loss on Thursday

The Miami Marlins committed three errors in their 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.

The errors helped the Royals score runs and proved to be costly. Kansas City had three errors of their own in a sloppy game for both teams. With the loss, Miami failed to gain ground in the Wild Card race. The win for the Royals also gave them a series victory over the Marlins.

Dee Gordon committed one of the errors, while Martin Prado was charged with the other. It was the sixth error of the season for Gordon and the eighth for Prado this year.

Tom Koehler pitched decently but was let down by his defense. Koehler allowed four runs and three of the four went down as earned runs despite the errors. The right-hander lasted six innings in which he allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

In contrast to Kansas City's runs, both of Miami's were unearned. Due to this, there were zero runs batted in for any Marlins player in the loss. All seven of Miami's hits were singles and the team struggled to get anything going. The Marlins were only 1-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

Christian Yelich was robbed early when Jarrod Dyson climbed the center field wall to take away a home run. Replays showed the ball would have went over the wall before Dyson leaped to catch it.

Jeff Francoeur made his debut for the Marlins when he appeared as a pinch-hitter. The veteran was able to leg out an infield single and should see at least one start in the upcoming series. Francoeur is expected to see starts against left-handed pitchers, while Ichiro Suzuki should see most of his time against right-handers.

David Phelps will be on the mound for Miami on Friday against the San Diego Padres.

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