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Marlins edge Yankees on Dietrich's HR

Jun 16, 2015 - 3:54 AM Miami, FL ( - Derek Dietrich's solo home run off Masahiro Tanaka broke a tie game in the seventh inning and lifted the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

Dietrich's blast dealt Tanaka his first loss since Opening Day and rewarded Tom Koehler (5-4) for a terrific seven-inning start. The Miami right-hander yielded just three hits and struck out five, with his lone run allowed coming on a solo homer from Mark Teixeira.

Making his first start of the season in place of an injured Martin Prado, Dietrich added a double and scored both Marlins runs. Adeiny Hechavarria also collected two hits for Miami, including an RBI single.

Tanaka (4-2) lasted seven innings and fanned six without a walk, but surrendered a season-high nine hits to have a streak of four consecutive winning decisions halted.

The New York ace overcame a somewhat shaky beginning to hold the Marlins hitless from the fourth to sixth innings. Tanaka fell behind Dietrich to start the bottom of the seventh, however, then left a pitch over the middle of the plate that the infielder belted just inside the right-field foul pole to erase the 1-1 deadlock.

"That was a great feeling," Dietrich said. "Any time you hit a home run, but to put your team ahead against a team like that, and so soon, it feels awesome."

Carter Capps protected the one-run edge by recording three straight swinging strikeouts in the eighth. Though it remained 2-1 after the Marlins left the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, A.J. Ramos worked around a leadoff walk to Brian McCann in the ninth to close out the game and send the Yankees to a fourth defeat in five games.

Ramos' final out came against Miami native Alex Rodriguez, who popped up to right in a pinch-hitting appearance after receiving a warm ovation from the hometown crowd.

"It's probably the coolest save I've gotten so far," Ramos remarked.

Koehler put Miami in position to win with a consistently sharp performance he opened by retiring the side in order in three of the first four innings. The only exception came when Teixeira deposited a 3-1 pitch into the seats in right center to put the Yankees in front in the second.

"We weren't able to get many guys on base against him," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. "And when we did, we weren't able to do much. He just beat us."

The Marlins, on the other hand, put up six hits against Tanaka through three innings of play but managed just one run, when Dietrich doubled with one down in the second and crossed the plate on an Hechavarria single.

Miami, which went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine for the game, put the first two on in the third before Tanaka got the dangerous Giancarlo Stanton to hit into a double play that helped keep the score tied.

Game Notes

Prado is expected to miss this entire four-game, home-and-home series after he sprained his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to Colorado ... Koehler lowered his season ERA at Marlins Park to 1.52 and has posted five quality starts in six home opportunities ... Dietrich's homer is the only one allowed by Tanaka in 27 1/3 innings on the road this season ... Teixeira has now homered five times in New York's eight interleague games ... Miami entered the game 0-9 on Mondays this season and 4-22 when giving up the game's initial run.