ARLINGTON (AP) – Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam and solo shot for a career high-tying five RBIs, helping the Florida Marlins overcome Josh Hamilton’s two homers to beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 Saturday night.
Logan Morrison also homered for the Marlins, 5-6 since Jack McKeon took over as interim manager on June 20.
Both starters failed to last four innings in a game that began in 100-degree heat.
Florida rookie Brad Hand lasted 3 1-3 innings and Texas’ Derek Holland was unable to get out of the first.
The Marlins recalled Hand from Double-A Jacksonville for the start. When he walked two of the first three batters he faced in the fourth, McKeon brought in Steve Cishek despite Florida’s 6-2 lead.
Hand allowed two runs and four hits with three walks.
Cishek (1-1) gave up three runs — two earned — and two hits in 2 2-3 innings for his first big league victory.
The Marlins knocked out Holland (6-4) with a five-run first.
The first three Florida batters reached to load the bases, and Ramirez lined Holland’s 3-2 pitch into the first row of seats in right field for his fifth career grand slam.
When Wes Helms added a two-out RBI double in the first for a 5-0 lead, manager Ron Washington removed Holland and brought in Tommy Hunter for his first appearance of the season. Hunter was activated from the disabled list on Friday, having missed the first 82 games with a groin injury.
Holland lasted 2-3 of an inning and 46 pitches, the shortest outing of his career, allowing five runs and four hits.
Gaby Sanchez’s second-inning sacrifice fly off Hunter bumped the Marlins’ lead to 6-0. Florida took advantage of two errors by Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba, with Emilio Bonifacio reaching on a bunt attempt when Torrealba threw wildly to first, and Bonifacio hustling to third on a steal and off-target throw to second by Torrealba.
Third-inning solo homers off Hand by Ian Kinsler and Hamilton pulled the Rangers to 6-2, and Hamilton’s two-run shot in the fifth off Cishek made it 6-4.
The Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Hunter, who was replaced by Darren O’Day after Bonifacio’s line drive struck Hunter in the left foot. The Rangers later said Hunter wasn’t removed from the game due to injury.
Before the game, O’Day was activated off the 60-day disabled list after recovering from left hip surgery.
Omar Infante’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly off O’Day extended Florida’s edge to 7-4, but the Rangers made it a two-run game in the sixth when Craig Gentry scored from second after shortstop Ramirez dropped Kinsler’s two-out popup for an error.
Ramirez atoned for his mistake with a seventh-inning leadoff homer off O’Day, and Morrison followed with a drive into the right field seats to make it 9-5.
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