On Saturday, Guerrero belted a pair of homers—matching his total from the previous 21 games—to lift the AL West leaders to a 2-1, 10-inning win over Florida.
Bidding to become the first 12-game winner in the major leagues, Dontrelle Willis was pulled by Marlins manager Jack McKeon with a 1-0 lead after scattering 10 hits through seven scoreless innings and stranding five runners in scoring position.
“I don’t think it was a matter of Dontrelle coming out of the game, because we had connected so well against him,” Guerrero said through a translator. “But we were ready for somebody new.”
It was Guerrero’s 10th homer this season and 21st of his career against the Marlins. The five-time All-Star has eight game-ending homers in his career, the first seven coming with the Montreal Expos.
The 39-year-old left-hander, who is 2-6 with a 6.75 ERA, insists he can still be effective.
“I won 15 games two years ago on a team that won 60-something,” Leiter said. “I had a 3.21 ERA last year. How did it go from that to being done? … I’m not accepting that.”
In his last start, Leiter allowed five runs over 4 1-3 innings, but did not receive a decision as the Marlins beat Texas 6-5 on June 11.
Beckett, who is 7-5 with a 3.35 ERA this season, was placed on the disabled list Friday with a blister on his right middle finger.
Florida is 5-9 in its last 14 games.