After starting the season 0-3 in 2015, the Miami Marlins may very well be in for a repeat. The Marlins lost to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday 7-3, to begin their season with a 0-2 record.
Former Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, now with the Tigers, got the game started with a home run in the top of the second to drive in J.D. Martinez and make the score 2-0. The Tigers continued their offensive output in the top of the sixth with three more runs. Ian Kinsler scored off a RBI double from Nick Castellanos, and another hit from Saltalamacchia scored Miguel Cabrera and Castellanos.
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Down 5-0, the Marlins attempted to make a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs. But, the Tigers extended the lead to 7-2 off a two-run homer from J. D. Martinez in the top of the eighth. The Marlins would score one more time in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 7-3.
The loss was the first for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in 27 career starts at home. To make matters worse, Saltalamacchia, who was released by the Marlins last year, had a great day against his former team, finishing with one run and four RBI.
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins have a lot to correct.
The Marlins will be looking for their first win of the season when they face the Nationals Thursday afternoon.