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Hot-hitting Marlins beat Mariners to nab sixth straight win

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Apr 29, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (11) celebrates after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Jorge Soler and Miguel Rojas each drilled a two-run home run as the host Miami Marlins won their sixth straight game, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-6 on Friday night.

Soler’s homer was a monster blast, measured at 468 feet, and Miami’s Jesus Sanchez added a two-run single and a diving catch in center field.

Seattle, which lost its third straight game, was led by nine-hole hitter Luis Torrens, who drove in four runs and also tagged two runners out at the plate.

Mariners right-hander Penn Murfee, 27, made his major league debut, pitching two scoreless innings.

However, the Mariners lost designated hitter Mitch Haniger to a right high ankle sprain. The injury happened during his first at-bat when he fouled a pitch off his ankle, and he was removed from the game as a result.

Elieser Hernandez (2-1) earned the win, allowing five hits, one walk and three runs in five innings.

Rookie Matt Brash (1-2) took the loss, allowing seven hits, two walks and six runs in two innings.

The Marlins needed just three batters to take a lead as Jesus Aguilar stroked a one-out single, and Soler followed with his homer.

Seattle took a 3-2 lead in the second. Torrens got a two-out, 2-2 fastball and smashed a 400-foot, three-run double off the wall in center.

Despite having two runners thrown out at the plate, the Marlins regained the lead in the second inning, 6-3.

Miami loaded the bases with no outs before Jacob Stallings tied the score with a swinging bunt. Aguilar then singled to right, driving in Joey Wendle, but Rojas was thrown out at home on a great one-hop throw from Seattle right fielder Jarred Kelenic.

With two outs in the same inning, Sanchez grounded a two-run single to go up 6-3. However, five pitches later, after Sanchez got caught in a rundown between first and second, Soler broke for home. He was tossed out by second baseman Adam Frazier.

Rojas’ two-run homer to left in the third extended Miami’s lead to 8-3.

Seattle closed the scoring in the ninth with Kelenic’s RBI double, Torrens’ sacrifice fly and Frazier’s run-scoring single.

Marlins reliever Anthony Bender closed the game by getting Ty France on a groundout.

–Field Level Media