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Cooper’s go-ahead double in 8th lifts Marlins past Rox 9-8

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MIAMI — Garret Cooper equalized the tie-break twice in the eighth inning and the Miami Marlins overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 on Tuesday night for only their third win in nine games.

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Colorado led 4-0 before Miami scored five times in Game 4 and three in Game 5 for an 8-5 lead. The Rockies equalized 8-8 in the sixth after Cooper allowed Brendan RogersThe two-out Grounder passed him first and hit right field on an error that resulted in three unearned runs.

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Nick Fortes started eighth with a double against Alex Colome (2-1), advanced John Bertieflew into the warning track of right field and, from the infield, scored on Cooper’s double.

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“You’re trying to slow the game down in those places,” Cooper said. “I allowed those runs by conceding a ground ball, so I had to come up with something to help the team win.”

Stephen Okert (4-0) filed a perfect eighth, and Tanner Scott worked around leading the walk to Randal Grichuk in the ninth for his sixth save of seven chances.

avisail garcia as well as Jesus Sanchez homered for the Marlins, who started a six-game home rack after an 11-day three-city trip.

“It’s good to get a win, whatever it is,” Miami Heat manager Don Mattingly said. “You win ugly, you lose ugly. A lot of good things happened today. Losing 4-0, everything could have turned out ugly.

Colorado fell to 11-19 on the road; Rockies – 19-19 at mile-high Coors Field.

Colorado took a 4-0 lead. Jose Iglesias“A bases-loaded single infield in second, Rogers’ double in third and Ryan McMahonSolo Homer in the fourth.

Miami starter Daniel Castano allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings.

The Marlins took a 5-4 lead in the fourth on Avisale Garcia’s three-run homer, Jesús Sanchez’s solo throw—his second homer was gone. Ryan Feltner this season – and single RBI John Bertie.

Garcia, 31, struggled in his first season with the Marlins. The homer became his fifth player this season after scoring 29 points for Milwaukee in 2021.

“Every successful turn gives you confidence in the game,” Garcia said in Spanish. “This is a new division for me and I’m meeting a lot of new pitchers. I will continue to work hard and hopefully the situation will improve.”

Feltner gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“In the fourth, obviously, he picked up the ball,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “As that half went on, it looked like there were a few misses in the fastball. He will learn from it. He’ll know the fastball needs to be found.”

A double RBI from McMahon tied the game in fifth place. Sanchez and Miguel Rojas got into high-scoring singles in the bottom half and Sanchez raced home leading 8–5 after Rojas hit a bulkhead between first and second.

After Cooper’s scoring error, Grichuk and McMahon had two RBI singles.

Before Garcia’s throw, the Marlins took advantage of a catcher’s intervention signal that nullified a ground player’s double play. Jesus Aguilar. Home court referee C.C. Bucknor rendered decision Brian ServenThe gauntlet interfered with Aguilar’s swing, allowing Aguilar to reach for the error.


The Marlins activated Sanchez and Aguilar from the injured list and drafted Jellal Encarnacion and 1B Levin Diaz to Triple-A Jacksonville.


The Rockies spent a day off in Miami on Monday, prompting the pitcher Kyle Freeland and his wife to board a plane for the approximately 60-minute flight to Tampa. Free time allowed Freeland to attend Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Colorado and Tampa Bay.


The Marlins acquired Detroit’s 1B-C Ryan Lavarnway for cash and signed free agent OF. Billy Hamilton to a minor league deal. Lavarnway and Hamilton will report to Jacksonville.


Rocky Mountains: 3B-OF Chris Bryant (lower back strain) scheduled to join Triple-A Albuquerque for rehab games in Las Vegas. The 2016 NL MVP has been out of action since May 22.

Marlins: 3B-OF Brian Anderson (soft disc bulge) and INF-OF Joey Wendl (right hamstring strain) worked out on Tuesday and is expected to move on to rehab games. … Right side Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendonitis) is due to rehab in Jacksonville on Wednesday.


RHP Chad Cool (4-4, 3.69) to host middlegame series for Rockies on Wednesday while Marlins start RHP Pablo Lopez (4-3, 2.85).

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