MLB: Charles Leblanc helps Miami Marlins defeat Texas Rangers


Quebecer Charles Leblanc drove in two runs using two doubles on an eight-run outburst in the fifth inning against his former organization, and the Miami Marlins split the honors from a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers Monday with a 10-6 win in Game 2.

The Rangers had won the first game 3-2 after Mark Mathias walked with the bases fully occupied, breaking the tie in the eighth inning.

The Marlins trailed 3-1 in Game 2 before exploding. Leblanc’s double against reliever AJ Alexy (1-1) first allowed the Marlins to approach one run, before a good single for two runs by Jon Berti.

Brian Anderson followed with a productive single and Garrett Cooper followed up with a double good for two runs. Nick Fortes added a single for a run and Leblanc topped off the backfire with his second double of the game, and his seventh of the season.

Claimed off waivers by the Rangers last winter, Leblanc became the sixth Marlins player to hit at least two multi-base hits in the same inning.

« I have a lot of good connections there, but it’s always good to come back and play those guys, » said Leblanc, who spent six years in the Rangers organization.

“It was a really cool experience. I was looking forward (to experiencing it) and I’m happy to have performed quite well,” added the 26-year-old Laval resident.

Shut out in three visits to home plate in Game 1, the Marlins rookie has a .288 batting average, a .327 on-base average and a .442 slugging average in 32 games.

In the loss, Marcus Semien hit his 22nd homer and added a triple and a single. Corey Seager also homered, his 30th, for the Rangers.



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