Miami Marlins rally to hand Detroit Tigers 8th straight loss
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT — For the second straight night, a Miami player celebrated his first major league homer.
Harold Ramirez hit his less than two weeks after his debut. Garrett Cooper had a much longer wait.
Cooper hit his first big league home run in the sixth inning, and that was the start of an impressive comeback by the Marlins, who rallied for their fifth straight victory, 6-3 over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Cooper played in the majors for parts of the 2017 and 2018 seasons as well, but this was only his 39th game.
“It was about time I got one,” said Cooper, who has battled injuries throughout these past three seasons.
Ramirez hit his first homer in a win Tuesday night. The Tigers led 3-0 on Wednesday before Cooper’s solo shot. The Marlins then scored three runs in the seventh, and Brian Anderson added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Detroit has dropped eight in a row — and Sunday’s game was suspended with the Tigers trailing Oakland in the seventh inning.
“It’s just a really rough stretch right now,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We’ll think back to this day somewhere down the road here and say, ‘Man that was brutal, let’s not do that again.’ But right now we’re going through it.”
Detroit starter Daniel Norris was solid, but with the Tigers up 3-1, he gave up a single to Ramirez to start the seventh. Buck Farmer (2-3) relieved him and allowed a single to Martin Prado. Then Neil Walker hit a two-run double to tie it.
One out later, Miguel Rojas put Miami ahead to stay with an RBI single. Anderson made it a three-run game with his home run in the eighth.