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New “Star” Outfielder Marte Helps Marlins Break Home Losing Streak

Starling Marte
Miami Marlins’ Starling Marte hits a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

There’s no doubt, the Marlins have certainly cleaned up nicely this week.

The team started things out by adding Starling Marte to their roster on Monday.

That turned out to be a good move, and Miami’s new outfielder proved it immediately.

Marte, who came from the Arizona Diamondbacks, hit a home run in the eight to seal the team’s 3-2 win against the Blue Jays.

Not only that, but he also helped them get above .500 for the season (16-15) and get a home win at last, after losing eight straight there.

Miami is now tied with Philadelphia (16-15) for second in the division.

“This guy is a star talent, and he’s been in Pittsburgh where maybe he’s not getting the attention and was behind [Andrew] McCutchen a little bit there for a couple of years, but this guy is a major talent,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

In another great play, Marte sent a 1-0 pitch from Shun Yamaguchi to left-center, giving the new Marlin his third home run of the night.

Ultimately, Marte finished out the game by going 1-for-4.

Josh Smith added one run on three hits and two walks across four innings for the Marlins.

Meanwhile, former Blue Jay Jon Berti, tied the game 1-1 during the third inning.

However, they Blue Jays got the lead again quickly in the fourth, going 2-1.

That’s when Garrett Cooper got an RBI double to tie the game again and give Miami some renewed hope.

Then came Marte’s big play, and the Marlins were off to celebrate.

They will now face the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Friday, Sept. 4.

Can they keep it up?