Miami Marlins Drop Series Finale in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 17: Brett Graves #53 of the Miami Marlins pitches in his Major League debut in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 17, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 17: Brett Graves #53 of the Miami Marlins pitches in his Major League debut in the ninth inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 17, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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Justin Bour hit two home runs, and Brett Graves made his major league debut. It wasn’t enough to stop the worst team in the majors from spoiling a Miami Marlins’ sweep.

Game Story

The Orioles got off to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a Jace Peterson two-RBI ground-rule double off Miami starter Trevor Richards. In the third, Mark Trumbo hit an RBI-double and Trey Mancini added an RBI-single to make it 4-0.

Justin Bour smacked a one-out solo home run in the fourth inning to get the Fish on the board. In the bottom of the inning, the Birds added another pair on an Adam Jones two-RBI double. Peterson added a two-run homer in the next frame to give the Orioles an 8-1 fifth inning lead.

In the sixth, Bour hit a three-run shot over the right-field fence to reduce Baltimore’s lead to four runs. The Orioles added a Trumbo solo shot in the seventh and a Manny Machado RBI-single in the eighth to set the final at 10-4.

Pitching

Richards clearly didn’t have his best stuff, allowing six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk while striking out two batters. The outing increased his ERA by over a run, from 4.41 to 5.45. His 28 GameScore was the worst mark of his eight-game major league career. He placed 49-of-75 pitches over the plate.

Manager Don Mattingly replaced Richards in the fourth inning with Merandy Gonzalez, who struck out five in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up four earned runs on five hits and a walk. Of his 91 pitches, 58 were in the strike zone. The outing was by far the longest of Gonzalez’ seven-game major league career. He had previously gone three innings and 68 pitches on two occasions. Brett Graves came in to finish up, putting two over the plate in his major league debut and getting Trumbo to ground out.

Dylan Bundy (5-7, 3.81) earned the victory, allowing four runs in six innings of work. He walked two and gave up five hits, whiffing five Miami Marlins.

Hitting

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Bour’s two home runs gives him 12 for the season. It was the fifth two-home run game of his career and the second in this season.

Derek Dietrich was two-for-three. Since May 4th, he’s slashed .333/.388/.547 with five round-trippers and 16 RBI.

Brian Anderson went 0-for-4, dropping to .299 for the season. J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-5, leaving seven men on base. He had gone 10-for-22 over his last six games.

Starlin Castro turned in his 20th multi-hit game of the season after starting the series 0-for-8 with a single and a double. For more on Castro, click here.

Later

Caleb Smith (5-6, 3.75) will rejoin the Miami Marlins from the bereavement list and start tomorrow’s game against the San Francisco Giants. He’ll face fellow rookie Andrew Suarez (2-4, 4.92).

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