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Video: Marlins clear the bases with a sac fly

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The Marlins got a lucky break during the fifth inning of Friday’s 7-2 win over the Pirates. Not twenty minutes after Pirates catcher Elias Diaz hammered a two-run shot to take the lead, he gave the advantage right back to the Marlins — and then some. Chad Wallach (replaced by Dillon Peters on a force play), Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas singled to load the bases against Chad Kuhl in the bottom of the fifth, and Starlin Castro lofted a a sac fly into shallow right field to tie the game.

At least, that’s what should have happened. Instead, Gregory Polanco fired the ball to Diaz, who caught it up the first base line and was unable to tag Dillon Peters at the plate. Diaz then misfired on a throw to second base, where the ball sailed past Josh Harrison‘s outstretched glove and rolled out toward the warning track in center field… giving Dietrich and Rojas plenty of time to circle the bases for a two-run lead.

It was a mistake the Pirates never quite recovered from. Tayron Guerrero, Kyle Barraclough and Junichi Tazawa combined for three scoreless innings in relief, while Wallach’s sac bunt and Justin Bour‘s three-run homer cemented the Marlins’ fourth win of the year. The Pirates will get a chance to redeem themselves — and become the first NL Central team to reach 10 wins in 2018 — on Saturday at 7:10 PM ET.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”