MIAMI — How’s this for a homestand? Two games, two wins, 21 hours.
That sums up the first half of the Miami Marlins’ unusual week, which included an 11-6 win over the Oakland Athletics at Marlins Park on Wednesday afternoon. It was the back half of a two-game series with the A’s, whom the Marlins swept.
Starring during the quick stint in South Florida was an offense rolling as well as it has all season. After an early four-run hole, Miami outscored Oakland 11-2 after the first inning and a half.
Miami scored in six innings Wednesday (including multiple runs in inning Nos. 2-5), and the top four hitters in the lineup (Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna) all had multiple hits.
Ozuna and Tyler Moore homered in the second. Ozuna’s was his 17th of the season, tied with Stanton for the team lead.
Tomas Telis’ pinch-hit double to left-center in the fourth tied the game, and Gordon’s single to left put the Marlins up.
They tacked on relentlessly from there: another in the fourth (Yelich hit by a pitch with the bases loaded), two more in the fifth (JT Riddle single, Gordon sacrifice fly), one in the sixth (Ozuna double) and one more in the seventh (Stanton single).
Again: It couldn’t be more different from May.
The early runs came against A’s right-hander Daniel Gossett, who allowed six earned in 3.1 innings in his major league debut. He also got down a sacrifice bunt and managed an infield single in his two plate appearances, the first of his professional career.
Right-hander Edinson Volquez, who in his previous three starts allowed one run in 22 innings, was neither effective nor efficient as he had been in those games. He lasted only four innings, allowing five runs (four earned).
Ryon Healy had the big blow, a three-run homer to center in the second. Volquez also walked in a run during a three-walk, 31-pitch first inning and gave up an RBI double to Jed Lowrie in the fourth.