MIAMI -- It took 10 innings for the Marlins to total five hits Saturday. That fifth one was worth the wait.
Giancarlo Stanton's bases loaded RBI-single gave the Marlins a series-clinching 2-1 walk-off win over the Tigers at Marlins Park. Former Marlins prospects Evan Reed loaded the bases with two walks and a 95-mph fastball that hit Donovan Solano on the head.
Hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts and a walk to that point, Stanton smacked a one-out Reed offering into left-center.
The Marlins' were one strike away from their 19th shutout loss. Ed Lucas, a day after his wife Holly delivered the couple's first child, ripped an RBI-single to left-center on closer Joaquin Benoit's 2-2 offering. That was the Marlins' fourth hit, two of which came off Christian Yelich's bat, including a single three batters before Lucas came up in the ninth.
Facing his former team, it took Anibal Sanchez all of one hitter to put his new team in the record book Saturday night.
His strikeout of Chris Coghlan was the club's 1,405th, breaking a tie with the 2003 Cubs for most in baseball history. Sanchez looked at home at Marlins Park, tossing five scoreless innings and securing the American League ERA title (2.57).
Perfect through three, Sanchez struck out five of the first nine Marlins. Coghlan opened the fourth with a grounder through the right side for the first of two hits Sanchez allowed. The other, a Yelich chopper up the middle that same inning, didn't leave the infield.
The first of two batters Nathan Eovaldi walked during his six-inning, 101-pitch finale scored the lone run off him. Prince Fielder opened the fourth with a base on balls and scored two batters later on an Al Avila sacrifice fly.
Ex-Marlins Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante accounted for four of the seven hits Eovaldi surrendered. Cabrera, who likely won't start Sunday's regular season capper, went 4-for-8 in his first two games ever against the Marlins.
Eovaldi held the Tigers hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position. One of those outs was a Fielder screamer with two out and two on in the fifth that found Eovaldi's glove.
His truncated season, which did not begin until June 18 due to shoulder inflammation, lasted just 18 starts. He logged a 3.39 ERA with 40 walks and 78 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings. All but four his outings were quality (six or more innings, three runs or fewer), but Eovaldi still finished with a losing record (4-6).
Entering Saturday's outing, Eovaldi's run support per nine innings (3.14) was third-worst in the majors. In seven of Eovaldi's game started the Marlins scored two runs or fewer.
Saturday, the Marlins did not get a runner past second base. Sanchez and four relievers allowed three into scoring position. Every starting position player with the exception of Rob Brantly struck out at least once.
The Marlins will get their first ever look at 2011 American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Justin Verlander in Sunday's season finale.
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