The Miami Marlins awoke a long dormant rivalry this evening, a rivalry which burns with the ferocity of like, a glass marble, or something. The Fish travelled to Kansas City for the first time in five years and got beat 6-2, their eighth loss in ten games. Tom Koehler allowed five runs in 5.1 innings of work and took the loss against Royals starter Wade Davis.
Koehler cruised through the first three frames dealing with only two base runners. Kansas City then scored in the fourth on a Justin Maxwell triple and a Chris Getz single. Going into the sixth inning, Miami trailed 2-0.
Another Getz hit ignited the Royals bats, and Koehler would be relieved by Dan Jennings with Miami down two. Kansas City charged one more one more run on Koehler’s tab before ending the inning.
Kansas City would extend their 5-2 lead in the seventh inning, when Billy Butler lead off the inning with a 414 ft. home run off Ryan Webb. It was Webb’s first home run allowed since the Milwaukee walk-off on June 21st.
Aside from the two doubles from Morrison and Dobbs, Miami never found the big hit. The Fish produced 13 base runners to Kansas City’s 14, but were left scoreless by four Royals relievers over three innings.
Tomorrow, look for Jamie Carroll to pick up slack at third for Kansas City. The starter, Mike Moustakas was pinch hit for by Carroll after leaving the game with “left calf tightness.” Moustakas has the fourth most home runs on the team with ten.