May 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna (13) makes a catch during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marcell Ozuna throws out Nieuwenhuis at home to preserve 3-2 win

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Yoenis Cespedes isn’t the only major leaguer with a cannon for an arm.  Marlin left fielder Marcell Ozuna threw a perfect strike of his own tonight to preserve a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.

Kirk Neuwenhuis led off the ninth inning with a double off of Marlins closer Steve Cishek, who was charged with holding on to the Marlins’ slim 3-2 lead.  Ruben Tejada sacrificed Nieuwenhuis to third with only one out.  Chris Young then hit a deep fly ball to left field, and Ozuna threw a perfect strike from 300 feet away.  You have to see it to believe it.

This preserved a 3-2 win for the Marlins.  Henderson Alvarez went the first 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out five without walking a batter.  He left after allowing a one out single in the 7th inning.  A.J. Ramos finished off the inning without incident.  The Marlin lead was 3-0 at the time.

Things got interesting in the eighth when Kevin Gregg allowed a walk and a single to lead off the inning.  David Wright singled home a run two batters later.  Gregg was lifted for Mike Dunn to faced Curtis Granderson, whom he walked to load the bases with one out.  A single by Eric Campbell brought a run home, but David Wright was thrown out at home, by Ozuna no less, to preserve the 3-2 lead.

Ozuna became the first Marlin outfielder with two assists in the same game since Joe Orsulak on September 7, 1996.

Alvarez picked up his fourth win of the season, and lowered his ERA to 2.39 in the process.

The Marlins got their first run early on.  Rafael Furcal tripled to lead off the game and scored on a groundout.

The Marlins got some insurance in the seventh inning when rookie speedster Jake Marisnick singled with one out. He then stole second and third base, and came home on an error on the next play.  The Mets’ second error of the inning brought another run home, which turned out to be the winning run.

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