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Marlins score 2 in 8th to sweep Mariners

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 20, 2014 at 4:42 pm •  Published: April 20, 2014
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MIAMI (AP) — Christian Yelich was confident he was safe at home even if home plate umpire Ed Hickox called him out.

Replay backed him up.

Adeiny Hechavarria immediately followed the ruling with a go-ahead sacrifice fly for the Miami Marlins, who held on to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Sunday completing a three-game sweep.

"I thought I beat it from the get-go and then I saw him call me out, I kind of started yelling at him a little bit telling him I was safe," Yelich said. "If we didn't have replay right there, it's a 2-1 game and we got two outs so it was huge. It was a big win for us."

Yelich led off the inning with a double that extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He scored the tying run.

Steve Cishek made it interesting in the ninth, allowing a leadoff double to Corey Hart. Hechavarria then made a diving stop at shortstop and a spinning throw to nab Dustin Ackley at first base preventing pinch-runner Brad Miller from scoring.

"That was a game-saver," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "That's why I feel that guy is the best shortstop in the league. I'm glad he's on our team. That was a huge play."

Cishek struck out Nick Franklin and Michael Saunders to end the game for his third save and 32nd consecutive conversion.

A crowd of 20,208 took in the first day game this season at Marlins Park with the retractable roof open. It was 78 degrees when the game began and shadows partially covered the infield when the game ended.

"Shadows came over the infield, which makes it tough for hitters, but at the same time, too, we mounted our rally with the shadows," Redmond said. "Maybe we're shadow-friendly."

Mike Dunn (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Marlins, who have won four of five.

Tom Wilhelmsen (0-1) took the loss for the Mariners, which lost their sixth straight.

"Things just aren't going well right now, but that's okay; we'll get out of this," Wilhelmsen said. "We have a much better team than what we're showing."

After Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee were walked by Wilhelmsen to load the bases in the eighth with one out, Garrett Jones hit a groundball to first baseman Justin Smoak, who's throw home was late allowing Yelich to score the tying run.

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