BUFFALO, N.Y. — If Magneuris Sierra and the Miami Marlins were looking for special souvenirs to bring home from their extra-long road trip, they found them with a big extra-inning win and a hold on first place.
Sierra hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Marlins overcame Toronto’s seven home runs to outlast the Blue Jays 14-11 on Wednesday night in the final game of their season-opening, three-week odyssey.
“It seems like the perfect game to end this trip, a game out of the ordinary,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
After this detour to Sahlen Field, Miami finally gets to play its pandemic-delayed opener at Marlins Park.
Miami has an off day before facing Atlanta for three games to start a seven-game homestand. The Marlins’ grueling road swing began with a trip to Atlanta on July 21 for a pair of exhibition games and moved on to Philadelphia for a season-opening, three-game series.
The Marlins, however, had their return home delayed when an outbreak of COVID-19 occurred, forcing seven games to be postponed and a quarantine in Philadelphia.
Despite the travel woes, the Marlins have had at least a share of first place in the NL East every day so far this season.