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Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna misses a single hit by Texas Rangers' Alex Rios in the second inningon Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

Yelich leads Marlins' rally past Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Miami Marlins were well aware of Global Life Park's reputation as a pinball parlor, where scores often look like they came out of Jerry Jones' football palace a few blocks away.

They were already in town, several of them romping at the amusement park next door, on Monday when Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall hit three homers and drove in nine runs there in a 17-7 rout of the Rangers.

"There are typically high scoring games here. The ball carries here. I don't think you ever feel like you're out of a game here. You can put up some big numbers rather quickly, on both ends," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said before the game.

"You've got to stay with it. You've got to keep battling, and keep putting together at-bats. You can never have enough runs."

That was the case Tuesday for the Marlins as they squandered a three-run lead before rallying for an 8-5 victory behind Christian Yelich's career-high four runs batted in.

The victory was their 13th consecutive in interleague play, tying the record held by the Yankees (2003-04) and Rays (2004).

No Chisenhall, but Yelich had a notable night with four hits, including two doubles. His two-out, two-run single in the seventh put the Marlins ahead to stay.

The Marlins had lost 33 consecutive road games in which they trailed in the seventh inning or later before coming behind to beat the Cubs on Sunday in Chicago.

Yelich's clutch hit and relievers Bryan Morris, A.J. Ramos and Steve Cishek (15th save) holding the Rangers in check over the final three innings made it two successful late-inning comebacks in a row.

It was the third consecutive multi-hit game for Yelich, who had been slumping. He hustled his way to a double in the sixth, catching Leonys Martin nonchalantly fielding his hit to center. That put him in position to score on Casey McGehee's two-out single.

The Marlins regained some cushion in the eighth when McGehee's single sent Giancarlo Stanton to third. Two Rangers throwing errors not only allowed Stanton to score but enabled McGehee to reach third. He scored on Garrett Jones' opposite-field double down the left-field line.

Rookie Justin Bour had three hits and scored twice as the designated hitter in his second big-league start.

Cruising along with a three-run lead, Marlins starter Tom Koehler came unhinged in the sixth inning when the Rangers scored four runs with only one hit that left the infield.

Koehler had seven strikeouts and only one walk in the first five innings. But after hitting Shin-Soo Choo in the back of the lower right leg and serving a first-pitch single to Adrian Beltre, Koehler lost all feel for the strike zone in walking the next two Rangers, including Brad Snyder with the bases loaded. Robinson Chirinos' sacrifice fly cut the Marlins' lead to 4-3 and ended Koehler's night.

Dan Jennings came on and completed the giveaway with a wild pitch that brought Alex Rios home with the tying run.

Then the weird got weirder as Rougned Odor beat out a slow bouncer to second. Snyder, in his first game up from Triple-A, never hesitated in dashing home from second to put Texas ahead 5-4. It was the second consecutive game Jennings has allowed inherited runs to score that have put the Marlins behind.

Koehler was charged with five runs in 51/3 innings.

Morris earned his first victory for the Marlins as the late-inning reversal boosted them to 4-2 on a seven-game trip that concludes Wednesday.

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