Marte Makes Splash in Marlins Debut, Sinks Jays With Late Inning Blast

Jenn Connor
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Newly acquired Starling Marte’s eighth inning homerun off Blue Jays reliever Shun Yamaguchi proved to be the game winner as the Miami Marlins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 at Marlins Park Tuesday night. 


Marte, obtained by the Marlins from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the trade deadline, launched a 1-0 pitch from Yamaguchi deep into the night in left to snap a 2-2 tie. Marlins closer Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth to earn the save and make a winner of reliever of James Hoyt (1-0). Yamaguchi worked two and two-thirds of relief for the Jays and took the loss, his record falling to 1-3.  


Jays newcomer Robbie Ray, also obtained from Arizona, battled in his Jays debut, working three and one-third innings of relief giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits including a homerun by Marlins second baseman Jon Berti. Ray struck out four in relief of Jays opener Julian Merryweather.  


The Jays grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning off Marlins starter Elieser Hernandez. Cavan Biggio doubled and later scored on an rbi groundout from Jonathan Villar, obtained at the deadline from the Marlins. The Marlins tied the score in their half of the third, on Berti’s solo homerun off Ray.  


With Toronto clinging to a 2-1 lead in the sixth, Marte reached on an error by Villar and scored on a double by dh Garrett Cooper. Yamaguchi relieved Ray and, after a scoreless seventh, was lit up by Marte’s game-deciding blast in the eighth. 


It was the second consecutive one-run loss for the Jays, who are now 5-5 in their last ten, and sit third in the AL East, five and a half games behind the front running Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays and Marlins wrap up their two game series tomorrow, Hyun-jin Ryu (2-1) getting the ball for Toronto. The Jays ace 

will face Marlins flame throwing righthander Sixto Sanchez (1-0).  First pitch 6:40 p.m. at Marlins Park.