Marlins wild, tense seventh

A series of wild events and timely hitting punctuated the Marlins’ six-run seventh inning on Sunday.

There was tension right off the bat in the frame when home plate umpire Ed Rapuano ejected Shane Victorino, who was standing in center field. Victorino was tossed when Rapuano called an 0-2 pitch by Rodrigo Lopez a ball with Wes Helms at the plate.

Throwing his arms up in disgust in center field, Rapuano tossed the All-Star outfielder. Victorino charged toward Rapuano, and he to be restrained by his teammates. Ryan Howard did his part keeping his teammate from the umpire.

Jayson Werth replaced Victorino in center field. The Marlins went on to send 10 to the plate, scoring six runs, all with two outs.

Chris Coghlan had a two-run single with the bases loaded, but three runners scored when Werth misplayed the ball, allowing Coghlan to reach third.

Hanley Ramirez ripped a two-run double, giving him 160 two-base hits for his career. That’s sixth most in franchise history.

Phillies fans repeatedly booed Rapuano’s calls during the inning, and chanted: “Victorino!”

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson worked out of a first-and-third, two-out jam by striking out Howard looking.

Howard took a full-count pitch, called a strike by Rapuano. Howard wasn’t happy with the call.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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