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D-Backs blow 7-0 lead, Marlins win it with 10-run eighth

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PHOENIX -- Down by seven runs in the fifth inning, the Florida Marlins kept on hacking.

They didn't stop until they had scored a franchise-record 10 runs in the eighth inning and stormed back for a 14-7 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.

Pinch-hitter Brett Carroll's three-run homer was the biggest hit in the biggest inning in team history.

Florida matched the team record for the biggest comeback victory and Arizona set a club record for the largest blown lead.

"I didn't sense any panic," Carroll said. "I think guys were staying ready, and we started to get a couple knocks.

"We were down and fought back, and that's a good sign," Carroll said. "Great win for us."

And it was a stinging defeat for Arizona, which snapped a five-game winning streak. When Florida's eighth inning finally ended, the remnants of a Chase Field crowd of 21,558 stood and applauded derisively.

"It's a bad loss, no doubt," Arizona center fielder Chris Young said. "It was a weird game."

Florida trailed 7-0 after five innings but rallied with three runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. Then the Marlins hit Arizona with the 10-spot in the eighth to make a winner of Kiko Calero (2-0).

"I can't really pinpoint exactly at what point I had the 'uh-oh' moment, that feeling, but it certainly is disappointing," Arizona manager A.J. Hinch said.

The Marlins sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth against three relievers -- Juan Gutierrez, Scott Schoeneweis (1-1) and Blaine Boyer.

After pinch-hitter Ross Gload drove in the first run with a fielder's choice grounder, Carroll hit a fastball from Schoeneweis for a three-run homer, giving Florida an 8-7 lead. It was Carroll's first career pinch-hit home run and the first by a Marlin this season.

"The ball just kind of got in on me a little bit and I was able to kind of muscle it out there," said Carroll, who has three home runs this season.

The carnage was only beginning.

Dan Uggla, Cody Ross and Jeremy Hermida followed with RBI singles, and John Baker drove in a run with a double.

Another run scored on a passed ball charged to Luke Carlin, and the final run came in on Gload's second RBI fielder's choice grounder of the inning.

The Diamondbacks helped out with two errors -- one by Boyer and another by Mark Reynolds -- as their frustrated fans unleashed a torrent of boos.

"Guys didn't give at-bats away, and we were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes and get some big hits and score a big number there in the eighth inning," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Three pinch-hitters -- Gload, Carroll and Hanley Ramirez -- each batted twice in the inning.

"I don't know if I was prepared for the second one," said Carroll, who grounded to third base to end the inning. "I started to realize I was going to get another at-bat. I was kind of excited."

Arizona began building its lead in the first inning. Justin Upton broke out of a 1-for-12 slump with a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole off Andrew Miller, who lasted only 2 2/3 innings, his shortest outing.

Arizona's lead grew to 7-0 through five innings. But the Marlins closed to 7-3 in the sixth on a two-run shot by Jorge Cantu to the left-field seats and a solo homer by Hermida to the pool area in right-center field, both off Arizona starter Yusmeiro Petit.

The Marlins made it 7-4 in the seventh on Chris Coghlan's RBI double.

"We could kind of sense that, hey, we've got to stay ready," Carroll said. "This game is not over."

Notes

  • Uggla had four hits, all singles.
  • The Marlins overcame a seven-run deficit to beat Boston on June 28, 2003. Florida trailed 9-2 and won 10-9.
  • Ramirez, who has a tight right hip flexor, did not start for the fifth consecuctive game, but he singled and walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
  • Arizona RHP Tom Gordon, out since May 4 with a strained left hamstring, will throw a batting practice session on Friday and could begin a minor league rehab stint next week.
 
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Brett Carroll (25), who hits a three-run shot in the 10-run eighth, helps the Marlins walk away with the win. (AP)
Brett Carroll (25), who hits a three-run shot in the 10-run eighth, helps the Marlins walk away with the win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

J. Hermida
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4011001 .250
   a- Brett Carroll, PH-RF2113001 .264
Emilio Bonifacio, SS-3B5120101 .261
Dan Uggla, 2B6241011 .232
Jorge Cantu, 1B5212103 .279
Cody Ross, CF4111103 .281
Jeremy Hermida, RF-LF5332011 .255
John Baker, C4211111 .261
Wes Helms, 3B3010000 .244
   b- Hanley Ramirez, PH-SS1010100 .348
Andrew Miller, P1000000 .087
    Burke Badenhop, P1000011 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   c- Andy Gonzalez, PH11100001.000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
   d- Ross Gload, PH2102000 .283
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
Totals4414171354  
a-homered for Coghlan in the 8th
b-singled for Helms in the 8th
c-tripled for Sanches in the 7th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Calero in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (10, Slaten), John Baker (13, Boyer), Wes Helms (4, Petit)
3B - Emilio Bonifacio (5, Petit), Andy Gonzalez (1, Slaten)
HR - Brett Carroll (3, Schoeneweis), Jorge Cantu (10, Petit), Jeremy Hermida (9, Petit)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (15), Brett Carroll 3 (9), Dan Uggla (50), Jorge Cantu 2 (51), Cody Ross (49), Jeremy Hermida 2 (32), John Baker (26), Ross Gload 2 (15)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - John Baker (4)
E - Emilio Bonifacio (14, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Andrew Miller 2.2562301 4.50
Burke Badenhop 1.2211010 3.55
Brian Sanches 1.2100000 1.27
Kiko Calero (W,2-0) 1000010 1.95
Dan Meyer 1200100 1.83
Brendan Donnelly 1200000 0.00
IBB - Reynolds by Andrew Miller
WP - Andrew Miller (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 72-41, Burke Badenhop 19-15, Brian Sanches 19-11, Kiko Calero 13-8, Dan Meyer 20-13, Brendan Donnelly 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 5-3, Burke Badenhop 3-1, Brian Sanches 1-4, Kiko Calero 2-0
Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 16, Burke Badenhop 7, Brian Sanches 6, Kiko Calero 3, Dan Meyer 6, Brendan Donnelly 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B5100004 .298
Augie Ojeda, SS5110005 .223
Justin Upton, RF5232001 .296
Mark Reynolds, 3B3100221 .259
Gerardo Parra, LF4121001 .290
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   a- Stephen Drew, PH1010000 .255
Chris Young, CF3113202 .198
Tony Clark, 1B3011001 .180
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Alex Romero, LF2010002 .304
Luke Carlin, C4020001 .167
Yusmeiro Petit, P2000000 .000
    Chad Tracy, 1B2000004 .210
Totals39712742  
a-singled for Boyer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tony Clark (4, Miller)
3B - Chris Young (3, Miller)
HR - Justin Upton (16, Miller)
RBI - Justin Upton 2 (50), Gerardo Parra (28), Chris Young 3 (25), Tony Clark (11)
2-OUT RBI - Gerardo Parra (9), Chris Young 2 (7), Tony Clark (4)
SB - Justin Upton (12, 2nd base off Badenhop/Baker), Mark Reynolds (15, 2nd base off Miller/Baker)
CS - Mark Reynolds (6, 3rd base by Miller/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Ojeda-Tracy
PB - Luke Carlin (1)
E - Blaine Boyer (2, Throwing), Mark Reynolds (14, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Yusmeiro Petit 5.1633232 7.91
Doug Slaten 0.2211000 7.11
Esmerling Vasquez (H,2) 1100100 4.71
Juan Gutierrez0233100 5.18
Scott Schoeneweis (BS,2; L,1-1) 0.1222001 5.40
Blaine Boyer 1.2452110 5.52
Pitches-Strikes - Yusmeiro Petit 82-54, Doug Slaten 19-10, Esmerling Vasquez 18-11, Juan Gutierrez 15-8, Scott Schoeneweis 11-7, Blaine Boyer 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yusmeiro Petit 6-7, Doug Slaten 1-1, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Blaine Boyer 4-1
Batters Faced - Yusmeiro Petit 24, Doug Slaten 4, Esmerling Vasquez 4, Juan Gutierrez 3, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Blaine Boyer 11
Game Information
Attendance - 21558
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mike Reilly