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Marlins hold off Giants 5-4 to avoid 3-game sweep
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- J.T. Realmuto matched his career high with four hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Giancarlo Stanton also homered and reached base four times, Christian Yelich drove in two runs, and Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna had two hits apiece for Miami, which won for just the third time in 11 games.
San Francisco loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth but failed to score. David Phelps got Angel Pagan to ground into a 1-2-3 double play before getting Joe Panik to strike out looking.
Hunter Pence homered for the Giants, who fell to 2-5 on their 10-game homestand.
Realmuto had been hitless in 15 at-bats at AT&T Park before singling twice and doubling off Giants starter Matt Cain. His homer off reliever Josh Osich (0-1) was his first since Sept. 16.
Kyle Barraclough (1-0), the fourth of six Miami pitchers, retired three batters for the win. A.J. Ramos worked the ninth for his third save.
It was a much-needed shot in the arm for manager Don Mattingly's ballclub, which has struggled through the first month of the season. Mattingly was ejected Friday and the Marlins suffered back-to-back lopsided defeats before bouncing back to avoid their first three-game sweep by the Giants since 2010.
Stanton homered to lead off the top of the fourth. Pence countered in the bottom of the frame with his own leadoff home run.
San Francisco scored twice in the sixth on singles by Brandon Belt and Pagan to erase a 4-2 deficit before Realmuto's game winner.
Both starting pitchers had nearly identical lines.
Cain allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and two walks. Miami's Adam Conley also gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and walked four with two strikeouts.
Giants: CF Denard Span, who is hitting .350 on this homestand, walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Span did not start for just the second time this season after being limited to a career-low 61 games because of injuries in 2015. . Belt was also held out of the lineup before pinch hitting in the sixth.
Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-1) pitches Monday in the opener of a four-game series with the Dodgers.
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-2) starts against San Diego on Monday at AT&T Park. Bumgarner pitched into the seventh inning in his last outing, the first time he's done that this season.
This story has been corrected to show that Miami reliever Ramos' first name is A.J., not Josh.