MIAMI (AP) — Justin Smoak's first career pinch-hit homer was one memorable drive.
Smoak capped Toronto's five-run ninth inning with a grand slam, sending the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
"It's awesome, man," Smoak said. "In that situation, down the whole game, to be able to come big for your team, it's what it's all about."
MIAMI (AP) — An early run was enough for the Marlins to end their frustrations against the Braves.
Dan Straily combined with three relievers on a three-hitter, and Miami snapped a seven-game losing streak against Atlanta with a 1-0 victory Friday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals just can't sustain any momentum in their attempt to get back into the National League playoff chase.
Saturday night's loss to the Marlins was a microcosm of their recent struggles.
Isaac Galloway hit a two-run single in the 10th inning, JT Riddle homered and drove in four runs and Miami beat Washington 7-5.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies' acquisition of Asdrubal Cabrera last month didn't draw much attention. The bigger story, it seemed, was the organization's decision not to part with key prospects to make a big splash at the trade deadline.
Cabrera, though, has showed in the past couple of days that he may be the needed bat to help propel the youngest team in the majors to an unlikely division title.
MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Aguilar hit like the All-Star he is, while the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers hit like also-rans.
Aguilar was added to the NL All-Star team Wednesday night and then validated the selection with three hits and three RBIs, but his teammates went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and Milwaukee lost 5-4 to the Miami Marlins in 12 innings.
"That's going to happen," Aguilar said. "We've got to keep going. We're playing really good. We've got to turn the page."
MIAMI (AP) — Despite taking a shutout into the sixth inning, Caleb Smith was most proud of what he did with the bat.
Smith had an RBI single for his first career hit to help the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 Friday night.
"Probably the first hit, definitely more proud of that today," Smith said.
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins left-hander Jarlin Garcia was taken out after allowing no hits in six innings against the New York Mets.
The Marlins led 1-0, and Garcia threw 77 pitches in his first major league start. He walked two and struck out three against a Mets team off to the best start in franchise history at 9-1.
He was replaced by Drew Steckenrider, who gave up Todd Frazier's single with two outs in the seventh.
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Phillips thought it was "epic" to get the Braves' game-winning hit for the second straight day.
Having his dad in the stands on Father's Day added to the thrill.
Phillips punched a ninth-inning single through a stacked infield to drive in Johan Camargo from third base and give Atlanta a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.