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Marlins cash in after stadium malfunction

Marlins cash in after stadium malfunction

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MIAMI -- In the history of Marlins' home games, delays have come in many different ways. There have been rain delays, and delays due to the threat of inclement weather, even when the field has been totally dry.

On Saturday night, a new form of delay temporarily halted play.

During the bottom of the fourth with the Marlins trailing, 3-1, the padding on the right field-wall covering the foul pole came dislodged, causing a stoppage.

The Marlins and Dodgers waited eight minutes in the bottom of the fourth inning as workers tried to secure the padding.

Action was held up after John Baker reached on a fielder's choice. Before Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla could throw a pitch to Cody Ross, the padding become unhitched from the wall. Eventually, it was tapped back, behind the playing field.

Padilla threw a few warmup pitches to stay loose.

When play resumed, the Marlins struck quickly. Ross singled, and with the count full, Gaby Sanchez belted a three-run homer, giving the Marlins a 4-3 lead.

They drama ultimately did not factor in the see-saw affair, as the clubs exchanged leads until the Marlins walked off with a 7-6 win in the ninth.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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