MIAMI -- It was a simple hit from Garrett Cooper, a ground ball through the left side of the infield in the third inning against New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom at Marlins Park on Friday night.
It ended up being much more than that.
As Miguel Rojas and Jon Berti trotted to home plate while Brandon Nimmo scooped up the ball Cooper had just sent into left field, a stretch of offensive futility came to an end.
The Miami Marlins had just put runs on the board for the first time in 26 innings.
Six innings later, the Marlins' season-long seven-game losing streak came to an emphatic end as well.
Final score: Marlins 8, Mets 6. The eight runs are the fourth most the Marlins (11-31) have scored in a game this year.
But the win didn't come easy, with the bullpen almost giving the game away in the eighth.
With the Marlins (11-31) holding on to a five run lead, Nick Anderson immediately got into trouble. The hard-throwing righty gave up a leadoff home run to Pete Alonso to cut the lead to 8-4. Wilson Ramos (single), Dominic Smith (walk) and Todd Frazier (single) loaded the bases to chase Anderson and force the Marlins to turn to veteran Sergio Romo.
He limited the damage to two runs with an RBI single from Juan Lagarez and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Nimmo before striking out pinch-hitter Jeff McNeil to end the frame.
Romo pitched a shutout ninth inning to earn his seventh save in as many chances this season.