Jon Berti’s 2nd hit of the game was a tiebreaking RBI single in 8th as Marlins beat Tigers

MIAMI (AP) — Jon Berti’s second hit of the game was a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, helping the Miami Marlins to a 6-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Luis Arraez doubled and had two singles to raise his major league-leading batting average to .380, and Bryan De La Cruz homered and doubled and drove in three runs for the Marlins.

Miami squandered an early four-run lead before Jesús Sánchez reached on a leadoff infield single in the eighth against Tigers reliever Jason Foley (2-3) and advanced on Yuli Gurriel’s single. Berti then hit a sharp grounder past first baseman Spencer Torkelson that scored pinch-runner Garrett Hampson from second and advanced Gurriel two bases. Joey Wendle’s sacrifice fly to deep center scored Gurriel.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - JULY 28: Nick Fortes #4 of the Miami Marlins slides to third base against Zack Short #59 of the Detroit Tigers during the fourth inning at loanDepot park on July 28, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

The Tigers had tied the game at 4 in the top of the inning when Nick Maton hit a two-run double off Marlins reliever J.T. Chargois (2-0).

A.J. Puk allowed a double by Torkelson and an RBI single by Andy Ibañez before eventually striking out the side for his 16th save. Former New York Mets closer David Robertson, acquired in a trade by Miami late Thursday, will join the club Saturday.

Tigers’ star slugger Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 3 and was hit by a pitch. Cabrera, who will retire at the end of the season, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Marlins. The club honored Cabrera with a video tribute and gifts before the game.

Many in the crowd of 15,918 chanted "Let’s Go Miggy" during Cabrera’s plate appearances.

De La Cruz put Miami ahead early with a two-run homer in the first. He drove a sinker from Tigers starter Reese Olson over the wall in left-center for his 14th homer.

The Marlins padded the lead on Jean Segura’s RBI infield single in the second and De La Cruz’s run-scoring double in the third.

Marlins starter Braxton Garrett limited Detroit to one unearned run and five hits over six innings. The left-hander struck out six, walked one and hit a batter.

Detroit got on the board in the fourth when third baseman Segura muffed Cabrera’s grounder, allowing Javier Báez to score from first.

Torkelson’s RBI single off reliever Tanner Scott in the seventh got the Tigers within 4-2.

Olson settled down after the third and matched a career-high six innings. The rookie right-hander, in his eighth major league start, gave up four runs and eight hits.


Marlins: Scott exited because of a mild right calf strain while trying to beat Báez to the bag on an infield single with one out in the eighth. ... OF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (left oblique strain) did a full workout Friday.


The Marlins send RHP Johnny Cueto (0-1, 4.50) against Detroit in the middle game of the three-game set. The Tigers didn’t announce a starter.