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Marlins knock around Jimenez, win on dramatic walk-off shot

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MIAMI -- Ubaldo Jimenez couldn't hold a lead. Neither could the Florida Marlins.

And neither could the Colorado Rockies' bullpen.

Pinch-hitter Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night, and the Marlins won a seesaw game against the Rockies, 9-8.

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It was the fifth lead change. All-Star starter Jimenez departed trailing after his shortest outing of the season, but Jonathan Herrera's first career homer put the Rockies ahead 8-7 in the eighth inning.

After Colorado closer Huston Street (1-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth, Dan Uggla walked. Murphy -- batting for only the fourth time this season -- then hit an opposite-field homer on a 1-0 fastball.

"If you had asked me before the game if I was going to hit a walk-off home run after all the stuff that happened tonight, I definitely would have said no," Murphy said. "It was a crazy game. It was just good to come out on top."

The homer was Murphy's first since July 3, 2008, with Oakland. A mob of teammates led by Uggla greeted him at home plate.

"Walk-offs are so exciting and so much fun for us, because we get to act like little kids again," Uggla said.

The blown save was the first this season for Street, who has six saves since returning last month from a shoulder injury. He said he felt like Murphy hit "a decent pitch."

"He took a good swing," Street said. "It's a total letdown when you walk into the clubhouse. You're one pitch away from a win and, obviously, it's on my shoulders."

The Marlins improved to 2-42 when trailing after eight innings. Florida won its third game in a row, while the Rockies lost for the third time in four games since the All-Star break.

"They battled and battled and battled, and we battled and battled and battled," Uggla said. "A lot of good things came out of tonight. You're not going to win all of them like that, but we're going to enjoy this one."

Colorado's comeback in the eighth kept alive a nine-game winning streak for Jimenez, who is 15-1. But the Rockies ace endured his latest in a series of rocky outings.

Making his first start since the All-Star Game last Tuesday, Jimenez twice failed to protect a lead. His final pitch was walloped by rookie Mike Stanton for a three-run homer that put Florida ahead 6-4.

Jimenez said he tired after three innings pitching on a muggy, 87-degree night.

"It's crazy pitching here," he said. "You get so tired and exhausted. Other pitchers pitch here. I'm not going to use that as an excuse."

Jimenez allowed six runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings and has an ERA of 6.39 in his past five starts.

Marlins relievers were no better. They took a scoreless streak of 23 innings into the eighth, but Ian Stewart hit his 12th homer off Clay Hensley to cut Florida's lead to 7-5.

Clint Barmes was hit by a pitch, and with two outs Seth Smith walked. Jhan Marinez came on to face Herrera, who pulled a 2-1 pitch into the right-field seats.

"A three-run home run from the most unlikeliest of guys," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.

Marinez (1-0) nonetheless earned his first major-league victory.

Jimenez threw only five pitches in the first inning and struck out the side in the second, then gave up three runs -- two unearned -- in the third. He departed after throwing 93 pitches and has failed to reach the 100 mark in three of his past four starts.

The right-hander allowed six hits, walked three and made an errant pickoff throw that led to an unearned run. His ERA rose to 2.38.

Still, Jimenez won praise from the Marlins.

"You can never get a guy with stuff that good out of the game soon enough," Uggla said. "That's the best stuff I've seen in a long time. He doesn't throw anything straight. He pounds the strike zone. He hits corners. It's not an easy at-bat."

Florida's Emilio Bonifacio, filling in for injured leadoff hitter Chris Coghlan, had two hits and two RBI and scored twice. Hanley Ramirez bunted in a run against Jimenez.

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings.

Jason Giambi had a two-run single in the third for the Rockies. Smith had three of their 11 hits, and Jimenez singled home a run.

But the Rockies' bullpen gave up five hits and three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

"That," Tracy said, "was one you didn't want to see get away."

Notes

  • Jimenez's road ERA soared to 1.60. In three no-decisions this season, his ERA is 9.00.
  • Stanton matched his season high with three hits.
  • Giambi is batting .467 this month.
  • Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez predicts at least 90 victories will be needed to win the NL East or a wild-card berth.
 
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The Marlins wait for unlikely hero Donnie Murphy after he hits the winner in his fourth at-bat of the season.  (AP)
The Marlins wait for unlikely hero Donnie Murphy after he hits the winner in his fourth at-bat of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Colorado

J. Herrera
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Seth Smith, LF4131100 .284
Jonathan Herrera, 2B3213102 .312
Carlos Gonzalez, CF-RF5110021 .308
Jason Giambi, 1B4022111 .282
    Dexter Fowler, PR-CF0000000 .225
Miguel Olivo, C5000034 .313
Brad Hawpe, RF5110011 .268
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ian Stewart, 3B5111002 .252
Clint Barmes, SS2210100 .261
Ubaldo Jimenez, P3011011 .109
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .333
   a- Brad Eldred, PH1000001 .313
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
    Melvin Mora, 1B0000000 .247
Totals37811848  
a-flied out for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (9, Sanchez), Carlos Gonzalez (13, Sanchez)
HR - Jonathan Herrera (1, Marinez), Ian Stewart (12, Hensley)
SH - Jonathan Herrera (5)
RBI - Seth Smith (39), Jonathan Herrera 3 (13), Jason Giambi 2 (22), Ian Stewart (45), Ubaldo Jimenez (4)
2-OUT RBI - Seth Smith (11), Jonathan Herrera 3 (8), Jason Giambi 2 (9), Ubaldo Jimenez (2)
SB - Dexter Fowler (9, 2nd base off Marinez/Paulino)
CS - Seth Smith (1, 2nd base by Sanchez/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Herrera-Barmes-Giambi
E - Jonathan Herrera (3, Misplayed grounder), Ubaldo Jimenez (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 5.1664351 2.38
Matt Belisle 1.2411010 2.72
Rafael Betancourt (H,15) 1000000 4.81
Huston Street (BS,1; L,1-2) 0.2122101 3.21
WP - Ubaldo Jimenez (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 93-56, Matt Belisle 39-26, Rafael Betancourt 19-13, Huston Street 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 10-1, Matt Belisle 2-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-2
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 25, Matt Belisle 9, Rafael Betancourt 3, Huston Street 4
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, LF5222000 .258
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010111 .301
Hanley Ramirez, SS5011003 .296
Dan Uggla, 2B3100212 .277
Jorge Cantu, 3B4121022 .261
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Jhan Marinez, P0000000 .000
   a- Donnie Murphy, PH1112000 .500
Cody Ross, CF3110110 .280
Mike Stanton, RF4233013 .235
Ronny Paulino, C4100001 .278
Anibal Sanchez, P1000001 .185
   b- Bryan Petersen, PH1000000 .059
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B1000000 .241
Totals36911946  
a-homered for Marinez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Sanchez in the 6th
Batting
HR - Donnie Murphy (1, Street), Mike Stanton (6, Jimenez)
SH - Anibal Sanchez (4)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (3), Hanley Ramirez (54), Jorge Cantu (53), Donnie Murphy 2 (2), Mike Stanton 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (20), Jorge Cantu (13), Donnie Murphy 2 (2)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (19, 2nd base off Jimenez/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Jorge Cantu (12, Throwing), Mike Stanton (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez 6842240 3.62
Taylor Tankersley (H,6) 0.2000010 3.12
Brian Sanches (H,8) 0.1000000 2.90
Clay Hensley (H,15) 0.2133211 2.90
Jhan Marinez (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.1211021 5.40
HBP - Barmes (by Anibal Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 99-68, Taylor Tankersley 11-7, Brian Sanches 3-2, Clay Hensley 27-15, Jhan Marinez 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 9-5, Jhan Marinez 2-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 29, Taylor Tankersley 2, Brian Sanches 1, Clay Hensley 5, Jhan Marinez 6
Game Information
Attendance - 16144
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Scott Barry