MIAMI — Nathan Eovaldi pitched so poorly he got booed on the road.
Pouncing on their former teammate, the Miami Marlins scored a franchise record eight first-inning runs June 16 and beat the New York Yankees 12-2 to complete a two-game sweep.
Disgruntled Yankees fans were plentiful at Marlins Park, and Eovaldi heard a chorus of jeers as he trudged to the dugout, gone from the game before the first inning ended.
“I was just keeping a whole lot of balls up in the zone,” Eovaldi said. “I was looking forward to this start, and I felt good getting ready today. It’s very frustrating.”
Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer in the fifth, his 24th, which leads the majors. “You’ve got to keep throwing punches,” Stanton said.
The Marlins totaled nine hits in the first, including seven in a row after lead-off batter Dee Gordon grounded out. Marcell Ozuna hit a 99-mph fastball for a bases-loaded single to drive in the first two runs, and Adeiny Hechavarria hit a two-run triple. Derek Dietrich had the first and last hits in the inning, including an RBI triple that ended Eovaldi’s night.
“They hit some balls hard,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He was finding the middle, and his split was up, and that’s bad combination.”
Eovaldi (5-2) was charged with all eight runs in two-thirds of an inning, the shortest start of his career. His ERA rose from 4.13 to 5.12, and he fell to 6-15 at Marlins Park. The Marlins’ batting average against Eovaldi in the inning was .818.
“That was great,” Stanton said. “I don’t think I’ve done that — eight runs in the first.” He hadn’t. The Marlins’ previous record for runs in a first inning was seven, done five times.
Alex Rodriguez, back in his hometown for two nights, did not play and remained five hits shy of 3,000.
Stanton’s opposite-field homer off the upper-deck facade came against Chris Martin to make the score 11-0.
“The game was out of hand already, but it put the icing on the cake,” Stanton said. He has nine homers and 18 RBIs this month.
Gordon, who leads the majors in hits, went 3-for-5 and scored twice. The Marlins totaled 16 hits.
“A great offensive approach throughout the game,” Manager Dan Jennings said. “It’s a lot of fun when you’re able to put together something like that.”
David Phelps (4-3) allowed two runs in seven innings. He and Eovaldi swapped teams when they were part of a five-player trade in December.
Miami’s run total was a season high. New York gave up a double-figure total for the third time in the past 11 games.
The Marlins went 5-1 on their homestand, outscoring opponents 30-9. The Yankees went 1-4 on their trip and were outscored 37-15.
“We have not pitched well. We haven’t swung the bats,” Girardi said. “Hopefully going home will be good medicine for us.”
The Yankees were playing in Miami for the first time since 2009. The teams now go to New York for a two-game series beginning June 17.
(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)