WASHINGTON — As unbelievable as the Marlins’ run has been, the team more than ever is believing.
On Sunday, the Florida Marlins didn’t need a ninth-inning homer to tie it. Instead, they converted a pair of pivotal doubles in their final at-bat to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Cody Ross, who homered in the eighth, collected a three-run double off Saul Rivera in the ninth inning, headlining the Marlins’ thrilling 7-4 comeback win over the Nationals in front of 16,974 at Nationals Park.
John Baker added the game-tying RBI double in the same inning, and once again, it was a total team effort that gave Florida its latest sweep.
What the Marlins accomplished in the series is something that hadn’t been done in the Major Leagues since 1998. In all three games, Florida trailed entering the ninth inning, only to pull out dramatic wins. You have to go back to the Tigers from Sept. 17-19, 1998, to find when this feat was last accomplished. Then, however, Detroit rallied to beat the Blue Jays on Sept. 17, and on Sept. 18-19, the Tigers came back against the Twins.
*****Hoppers’ stars were Brandon Turner with a two-run home run his first, Issac Galloway went 4-5 with a double and triple and Kyle Skipworth had 3 RBI’s.*****
Mike Stanton(Greensboro Grasshoppers 2008) went 5-for-5 with a homer, a double and four RBIs on Sunday, but the Sarasota Reds scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to claim a 7-6 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads.
*****Mike Stanton’s batting average for the Jupiter Hammerheads stands at .417 through 10 games.****
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