MIAMI – Pavin Smith hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 8-7 on Wednesday after left-hander Madison Bumgarner was ejected.
Bumgarner gave up a leadoff homer to Jon Berti in the first, and then retired the next three batters. As he was walking to the dugout, the pitcher gestured with his arm before holding his hand out for a foreign-substance check by first base umpire Dan Bellino.
Bumgarner said something to Bellino as the check was ending, and the umpire threw him out. Bumgarner then started yelling at Bellino and had to be restrained by some coaches.
It was Bumgarner’s second career ejection. He also was thrown out on June 11, 2018, for arguing balls and strikes.
The Marlins scored two runs in the seventh and eighth to take a 7-6 lead. But the Diamondbacks rallied in the ninth, completing a three-game series sweep.
Daulton Varsho hit a one-out single against Anthony Bender (0-3) before Smith connected for his third homer of the season.
Ian Kennedy got three outs for his third save.
Jesús Aguilar had three hits for Miami, which dropped its fourth straight game. Berti and Bryan De La Cruz each drove in two runs.
De La Cruz’s RBI single tied it at 6 in the eighth. The Marlins then went in front when Jazz Chisholm Jr. scored on a wild pitch by Keynan Middleton (1-1).
Varsho’s two-run homer capped a five-run fourth against Miami starter Elieser Hernández, erasing a 3-0 deficit. Sergio Alcántara hit a two-run triple and Geraldo Perdomo had an RBI single.
Hernández was lifted after four innings. The right-hander allowed five runs and five hits.
Arizona stretched its lead in the sixth. Ketel Marte raced home on Sergio Alcántara’s single and an error on De La Cruz in center.
DRIVERS MAKE THEIR PITCHES
Formula 1 car racing drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. Verstappen and Pérez will participate in the inaugural Miami F1 Grand Prix on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Marlins: RHP Sixto Sánchez (right shoulder surgery) increased his throwing program to 60 feet.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (2-1, 1.27 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game set against Colorado on Friday.
Marlins: LHP Jesús Luzardo (2-1, 3.10 ERA) will start the opener of a four-game series at San Diego on Thursday.
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