In the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the Miami Marlins ranked 11th in all of baseball in runs scored. Across the league, perhaps no one could speak of the Marlins’ offensive prowess better than the Texas Rangers.
On this day five years ago, the Marlins set a team record for runs scored. Miami scored multiple runs in five different innings in a 22-10 rout of the Texas Rangers.
Miami led 2-1 as the contest at Global Life Park in Arlington headed into the fourth inning on July 26, 2017. Against then-four-time star pitcher Yu Darvish, the Marlins would make nine runs in the frame.
The first four batters of the inning reached and scored for Miami. After Ichiro Suzuki’s rule-of-thumb double scored Marcell Ozuna, Derek Dietrich tackled two more with a single. With the score now 5-1, Darvish looked to have some damage control as he knocked out TomÃ¡s TelÃs and sent Mike Aviles flying to a shallow cross, but Miami wasn’t done.
Dietrich scored after back-to-back singles from Dee Strange-Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton. After Christian Yelich walked to charge the bases, Ozuna unloaded them with a base-clearing triple.
Darvish’s night was over, but Miami still wasn’t. Against reliever Jeremy Jeffress, JT Realmuto hit a two-run homer to push the lead to 11-1. Jeffress bounced back to strike out five of the six batters he retired during scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Marlins came alive again with two runs in the seventh, five in the eighth and four in the ninth.
Stanton and Yelich each hit solo home runs in Miami first. Stanton opened the eighth with his second breath. Dietrich would add a two-run double in the inning. The Marlins hit the 20-point mark with a two-point brace from Ozuna in the eighth. This was followed by an RBI double from Realmuto to break the previous team record for runs in a game.
As a team, Miami finished with 22 hits. Yelich finished with four hits while Stanton, Ozuna and Realmuto each added three. Yelich and Ozuna each scored four points. Ozuna and Dietrich each tackled five.
Despite 22 points allowed, it was a good offensive night for the Rangers. Adrian Beltre went 3 for 3 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI before being ejected. As Darvish suffered the loss, Jose Urena allowed five runs in five innings to earn the Marlins the win.
The 22 runs surpassed the previous record of 20 runs, set in 2003. They happened that day in Arlington five years ago.