Pirates 9, Marlins 2
Florida dropped to 3-3 for the season in front of 10,431 at Dolphin Stadium.
Rick van den Hurk (0-1, 11.81) surrendered four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, striking out four and taking the loss. He was optioned to the Double-A Carolina Mudcats in the Southern League following the contest. He was eventually 8-9 with a 5.96 ERA over 32 starts with Florida.
Marlins 12, Nationals 6
"In Florida’s 12-6 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium, Emilio Bonifacio hits an inside-the-park home run, the first on Opening Day since Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1968. The round-tripper, one of four hits for the Marlins’ third baseman, is the first big league homer of his career. – nationalpastime.com"
For Bonifacio, it was one of four hits in the game. Ramirez collected five RBI, and Cantu three. Ricky Nolasco (1-0, 7.50) was hardly at his best, but good enough for a win despite five earned runs on seven hits in six innings.
The Marlins placed Matt Lindstrom on day-to-day status with a rotator cuff injury.
The Marlins assigned Brad Davis, Brian Lawrence, Bryan Petersen, Danny Richar, Donnie Murphy, Hector Luna, Kasey Olenberger, Logan Morrison, Ryan Klosterman, Scott Strickland, and Vinny Rottino to the Triple-A PCL New Orleans Zephyrs. They also signed Alejandro Machado to a minor league deal through free agency.
Marlins 7, Nationals 4
The Florida Marlins topped the Nationals with 13,825 at Sun Life Stadium to move to 3-2 for the season.
Chris Coghlan went four-for-five to lead the Marlins offense, and John Buck had two hits and three RBI. Chris Volstad earned no decision after giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks in five innings. Brian Sanches (1-0, 0.00) earned the victory with a perfect sixth inning.
Giancarlo Stanton was moved to day-to-day status with a strained left hamstring. The Marlins signed Erik Lis to a free agent deal. After going 11-for-61 in 26 games for the Jacksonville Suns, he was granted free agency.