The Miami Marlins tied a major league record tonight with their thirteenth consecutive interleague win, this time besting the Texas Rangers. This ties the record set by the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, both achieving the feat in 2004.
Rookie right hander Tom Koehler started the game for the Marlins, but did not pitch particularly well. He gave up five runs in 5.1 innings and left the game with a 4-3 lead, but reliever Dan Jennings allowed to inherited runners to score.
The Marlins rode a career game from Christian Yelich to victory. Yelich had four hits and four RBI, both career highs.
Bryan Morris ended up picking up his fifth win in relief for the Marlins, pitching 1.1 innings and striking out two. Steve Cishek saved the historic victory with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two notch his 15th save of the season.
Justin Frasor took the loss for the Rangers, despite not allowing an earned run. Errors did the Rangers in tonight, as a botched double play by second baseman Rougned Odor allowed the seventh inning to continue, and allowed Yelich to give the Marlins the lead with a two run single.
In the eighth inning, the Rangers committed two errors on one play that allowed an insurance run to score.
The Marlins historic streak started on August 13th against the Kansas City Royals in game two of that series. The Marlins then swept the Tigers to end the season, including a no-hitter by Henderson Alvarez.
They swept the Mariners back in April to run the streak to eight. They swept the Rays in a four game series (two home, two away) to put the streak at 12. They will go for the record tomorrow night against the Rangers in the finale of the two game series.
Jacob Turner will take the mound for the Marlins. The Rangers will send ace Yu Darvish to the mound.