The Marlins (30-37) have won nine in a row—the longest active streak in baseball—and are 19-6 since May 22, the best record in the majors over that span. Florida matched the club record for longest winning streak with Tuesday’s 6-2 victory over Baltimore in the series opener.
“Winning is fun,” said Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, who got his club record 50th career win Tuesday. “It’s fun because you all said we (stunk). It’s fun to go out there and make you guys write something different. … Us playing this well right now, it’s definitely a beautiful thing.”
The Marlins have won nine straight games on two other occasions, from May 6-14, 1996 and Aug. 27-Sept. 8, 2004.
Florida is 12-4 against Baltimore all-time in interleague play and has won four of seven meetings at Camden Yards.
Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 3.06 ERA) got charged with Florida’s last loss, but he looks for the team’s 10th straight victory Wednesday.
The San Diego Padres were the last team to beat the Marlins, 3-2 on June 9, Nolasco suffering the defeat.
He rebounded to pitch seven strong innings last Thursday, though, allowing five hits and one run while striking out five in a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Nolasco is one of 18 rookies on the Marlins’ roster—the youngest in baseball with an average age of younger than 27.
Baltimore (32-40), which has lost five of its last seven games, counters with left-hander Erik Bedard (6-6, 5.60).
Bedard used an effective changeup to pitching six solid innings in his last start on Friday, a 6-3 win over the New York Mets in which he allowed three runs and just three hits, walking three and striking out six.
The win was the first since May 17 for Bedard, who is 2-6 in 11 starts after opening the season 4-0.
“His change was the big pitch for him,” Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. “He’s showing signs of taking his game to the next level. Hopefully, he’ll continue that way.”
Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning with a left knee contusion after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative and Mora is listed as day-to-day.
“It was scary, but I’m feeling better,” said Mora, who was also forced out of Sunday’s 9-4 loss to the Mets after being hit on the left leg by a line drive.