Ellis wins it in the 11th with two run pinch hit HR 10-8, Marlins sweep Giants

July 9, 2017

MLB, San Francisco Giants

Miami Marlins’ A.J. Ellis swings for a two-run home run off San Francisco Giants’ George Kontos in the eleventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 9, 2017, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Jeremy Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO-Wouldn’t you know that the player to come up with the eventual game-winning hit for the Miami Marlins would be a former member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A.J. Ellis hit a two-run pinch hit home run in the top of the 11th inning, helping the Marlins to a 10-8 win over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 41,516, the 530th consecutive regular season at AT&T Park.

It was the first pinch hit home run of Ellis’ career.

The win by the Marlins completed their first three-game series sweep over the Giants in San Francisco since May 1-3, 2012.

Giancarlo Stanton added his second home run of the game just two batters later, his 26th home run of the season. To go along with his home run in the top of the fifth inning, it was the 23rd multi-home run game of Stanton’s career.

In all, Stanton reached six times on the afternoon, as he walked twice, was hit by a pitch, singled and hit those two home runs.

Things were looking good for the Giants in the early going, as Brandon Belt doubled to lead off the bottom of the second inning and then Brandon Crawford launched a two-run home run into the right-center field seats that was measured at 418 feet, Crawford’s longest home run since the 2015 season.

Just one-half inning later, the Marlins tied up the game, as Stanton was hit by a Johnny Cueto pitch and then scored on a Christian Yelich double. Yelich advanced to third on Belt’s throwing error, when Nick Hundley was unable to catch the throw. Marcell Ozuna then tied up the game on a double to score Yelich.

Stanton untied with one swing of the bat in the top of the fifth inning, as he hit a opposite field home run into the right field seats that was measured at 443 feet.

Nick Hundley tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he hammered his fourth home run of the season.

The Marlins took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning, as they scored four runs in total to take a 7-3 lead.

Stanton reached base for the fourth time today, as he walked to lead off the inning, then Yelich picked up his second double of the afternoon that sent Stanton to third base. After a Ozuna walk to load the bases, ended Cueto’s day.

Justin Bour then gave the Marlins the lead for good, as he hit a two-run single. After a Martin Prado ground out, J.T. Realmuto singled to score Ozuna. The final run of the inning came on a JT Riddle sacrifice fly to score Bour.

Denard Span doubled in Conor Gillaspie to narrow the lead down to three, and that was the beginning of the comeback.

The Giants scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, as they led off the inning with three straight singles that saw Crawford drive in Hunter Pence. After a groundout by Jae-Gyun Hwang, Hundley singled in Belt. The Giants tied up the game, as Miguel Gomez picked up his first major league hit to score Crawford.

In all, Cueto went six innings, allowing six runs on six hits, walking six and striking out two; however, due to the Giants comeback, Cueto did not fare in the decision.

Jose Urena pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking just one and striking out three. Like Cueto, Urena did not fare in the decision.

NOTES: Cueto is set to start on Friday when the Giants begin a quick three-game road trip to San Diego against the Padres.

Buster Posey is the Giants lone All-Star for the 2017 season. This will be the fifth All-Star appearance for Posey, and this will be his third consecutive start at catcher for the National League. He is the first NL catcher to start in three straight All-Star games since Mike Piazza started in six in a row from 1994-1999.

Madison Bumgarner is set to make his fourth and final rehab start on Monday night, as he will take the mound for the San Jose Giants against the Modesto Nuts at San Jose Muni. Bumgarner is expected to throw around 90 pitches.

The Giants are seven for their last 31 with runners in scoring position, an average of .226.

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