A career-high four runs batted in from Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich and three unearned runs late led to an 8-5 Miami victory at Globe Life Park in Arlington Tuesday night.
Texas took a lead in the bottom of the sixth, but made three errors in the next two innings to erase the lead for good.
Miami plated two runs against Jason Frasor - both unearned - after Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor misplayed a ground ball to his backhand side, allowing runners to reach first and second on what could have been an inning-ending double play.
Yelich hit a two-out, two-run single to left field to put Miami back on top. The Marlins would add two more in the eighth after more shoddy defense from Texas. Two throwing errors on the same play turned a Casey McGehee single into a run-scoring play, and an RBI double from Garrett Jones capped the Miami scoring.
"In the end we didn't play the defense we're capable of playing," manager Ron Washington said. "We fought back to get in that game, and shot ourselves in the foot."
The Rangers manufactured four runs to take a lead with just one hit leaving the infield in the sixth inning. Robinson Chirinos’ second sacrifice fly of the night scored the first run, with the following runs coming home on a bases-loaded walk, a wild pitch and an infield single.
Brad Snyder, the newest member of the major league roster, drew the bases-loaded walk, and would later score from second base on a slow roller to second base by Rougned Odor. Odor legged out an infield hit and was credited with an RBI.
Adrian Beltre’s single to left in the second at-bat of the inning was the only hit to reach the outfield in the Texas sixth.
Snyder went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run in his Rangers debut.
Colby Lewis faced 26 batters and 11 of them reached base. The Marlins got to Lewis in the third, when a leadoff walk and a double by Giancarlo Stanton led to an RBI groundout. Yelich recorded his first two RBI on a double to the base of the wall in the fourth.
Stanton's double in the third came one pitch after what Lewis thought was strike three was called a ball just outside the zone.
"Even the double to Stanton shouldn't have happened," Lewis said. "I thought I had strike three and didn't get the call. It was just one of those nights."
Lewis needed 106 pitches to get through five innings of work Tuesday night. He was hit in the right biceps with a line drive in the fifth, but came out of the game due to the high pitch count, the team reported.
The Rangers got on the scoreboard first on a sacrifice fly by Robinson Chirinos in the second inning. Back-to-back singles from AL batting leader Alex Rios and Snyder, set the table for Chirinos’s run-scoring flyout to right field.
Chirinos came into the game with just one sacrifice fly on the season before adding two Tuesday night.
Joakim Soria worked a scoreless ninth inning with the team trailing by three runs. Soria and Neal Cotts were the only pitchers against whom the Marlins didn’t score a run. Cotts threw one-third of an inning and allowed both of his inherited runners to score.
The finale of the two-game set with Miami is slated for 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night in Arlington.