One of my rules is to never count out the Marlins, but they sure look done. You just can’t get beat by Charlie Morton if you want to stay in the race. Charlie faced the minimum through five (he allowed one hit, but got a DP) and had a 4-0 lead. Of course, he immediately blew half of it, giving up two runs in the sixth, but did get the elusive quality start and the win.
Martin Prado, slugging first baseman, drove in the first run of the game with a second inning single, then made an all-important PRODUCTIVE OUT moving Josh Anderson from second to third in the fifth. Of course, Brian McCann had to spoil things with a three-run homer, but don’t let that detract from the PRODUCTIVE OUT. Anderson had a hit and two walks and obviously should be a major building block based upon this evidence.
Tavarez actually struck out the side in the seventh. Very few things are actually impossible. Bennett pitched the eighth, and Gonzalez struck out the side in the ninth for the save.