Coghlan, Pierre flip at top of order

MIAMI — Looking to try anything to get the offense moving, Marlins manager Mike Redmond made a switch at the top of the order.

On Tuesday night, Chris Coghlan moved into the leadoff spot, with Juan Pierre dropping to second in the lineup.

Coghlan last batted leadoff on June 15, 2011 in the first game of a day/night doubleheader at Philadelphia.

It’s the first time this season someone other than Pierre led off for Miami, which is off to its second worst start in franchise history.

The Marlins are hoping to even their three-game series with the Nationals at Marlins Park.

In Monday’s 10-3 loss, Coghlan had his first multi-hit game since going 2-for-4 on June 3, 2012 at Philadelphia. Also in the game, Coghlan had two assists from the outfield. It’s the 20th time in club history an outfielder has had at least two assists in a game. Giancarlo Stanton did it last, on Sept. 24, 2010. The franchise record is three, done twice — Joe Orsulak (Sept. 7, 1996 against Montreal) and Mark Kotsay achieved the feat on July 16, 2000 at Baltimore.

MARLINS

1) Coghlan, RF
2) Pierre, LF
3) Polanco, 3B
4) Dobbs, 1B
5) Ruggiano, CF
6) Brantly, C
7) Hechavarria, SS
8) Solano, 2B
9) Sanabia, P

Joe Frisaro

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