Marlins lose early lead in 6-4 loss to Giants

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 16, 2014 at 1:22 am •  Published: May 16, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond likes what instant replay has done for baseball so far. He would just like to see it expanded a bit more.

Less than half an hour after a 6-4 loss to San Francisco on Thursday night, Redmond was still pondering a controversial play in the pivotal fifth inning when the Giants took the lead for good.

Leadoff hitter Angel Pagan singled off Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. Hunter Pence followed with a high chopper down the first base line and appeared to run into the ball. Umpires ruled it a foul ball rather than calling Pence out.

Given a second chance, Pence singled and Buster Posey followed with a go-ahead two-run double.

"It would have been nice to review it because it was clear that the ball hit him, and it ended up being a big play," Redmond said. "I just think if we are going to emphasize getting all the calls right, we should get them all right. That's the big deal of replay."

The Marlins had won 12 of their last 15 games at the Giants' waterfront ballpark and were comfortably ahead 4-1 before San Francisco's comeback.

It was a frustrating but fitting end to a day already tinged with bad news for Miami.

Before the game the team announced that ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery Friday, ending the season for the reigning NL Rookie of the Year.

"Our focus is to get him back," Redmond said. "I'm glad he's having it done and starting his recovery process. Obviously it's a big blow for us."

Garrett Jones hit his sixth home run and Giancarlo Stanton singled in the fifth to extend his 17-game hitting streak but the Marlins dropped to 2-6 on their 11-game road trip.

It came after Miami took leads of 3-0 and 4-1.

Starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-2) gave up an RBI groundout to Brandon Hicks in the second then retired four straight following Mike Morse's home run in the third until the Giants broke the game open in the fifth. Eovaldi allowed nine hits and six runs over 4 1-3 innings.

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