Miami also has received a boost off the bench from another veteran, Reed Johnson.
The 37-year-old is the oldest player on the club. He's also an established role player, and he once again made a big impact in Miami's 6-3 win over the Dodgers on Friday night.
Johnson slapped a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single that set up a four-run seventh inning.
The fact that Johnson's big pinch-hit came against the Dodgers has an interesting twist. While with the Dodgers in 2010, Johnson picked up some pointers from current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, then the team's hitting coach.
"He taught me what a pitch can and can't do," Johnson said.
Basically, Mattingly pointed out things such as a pitcher throwing a breaking ball to both sides of the plate, but throwing strikes to only one side.
"Knowing the pitchers and basically doing the homework is kind of what is going to settle you down and give you the best chance," Johnson said.
Johnson now paces the Majors with five hits as a pinch-hitter. His hit on Friday night gave Miami some breathing room. In his career, the veteran outfielder has 66 lifetime pinch-hits.
"When you're playing well, and you're feeling confident, I think anybody in that lineup, it doesn't matter who you put out there, feels like they have to do something to contribute in some way," manager Mike Redmond said. "I think we're seeing that."