Poor starting pitching. Bullpen breakdowns. Defensive mistakes. The Marlins have found plenty of ways to lose, quickly piling up 17 losses to start the season.
Now the young team has a chance to win its first series — against the defending NL champions, no less.
Cameron Maybin doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Miami edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night, snapping its season-high five-game skid.
The loss ended the Dodgers’ three-game winning streak and sent them back to .500 one game after they had moved above the mark for the first time this season.
“We had our chances,” catcher Austin Barnes said. “It’s a game we’ve got to win.”
Starlin Castro’s two-out RBI double off Tony Cingrani tied the game 2-all in the eighth. Cingrani gave up a one-out single to Derek Dietrich, who went to second on Cingrani’s balk.
“It’s not a balk, but he called it a balk, so it’s a balk,” Cingrani said. “I think everything should be reviewed.”
It was the first game for the Blue Jays following Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto that killed 10 people and injured 14.
“The city’s hurting,” left-hander J.A. Happ said. “This was a meaningful win.”
Boston (17-5) still owns the best record in the majors.
Granderon’s his third home run of the season came on a 2-0 pitch from Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1), a towering solo blast off the facing of the third deck in right field. Granderson went 3 for 5 with three RBI.
“Trying to just do anything I can to help the team win,” said Granderson, who entered 0 for 5 with three strikeouts in his career against Kimbrel.
Kimbrel allowed his first earned run of the season and suffered his first blown save since Aug. 1, 2017, against Cleveland. The loss was Kimbrel’s first since Oct. 1, 2016, against Toronto.
“You fall behind anybody, it’s no good,” Kimbrel said. “I threw a ball in there to get back in the count and it was game over.”