Hanley Ramirez will get most of the glory for putting an end to his 0-for-26 skid with the game-winning hit in Saturday's 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks.
But none of it might have happened if not for a gutsy pinch-hit appearance and subsequent triple by Omar Infante to start the seventh. As Infante rounded second, he braced for the pain he was about to feel in his tight left hamstring as he stopped at third. But pain, Infante said afterward, is just a small price for a victory.
"It feels good [to get a win]," Infante said. "[But] I'm a little tight, too."
Manager Ozzie Guillen said before the game he wanted to sit Infante for two games because he didn't like the way he was moving on the field Friday. But with the Marlins down 2-0 and needing a lift, Guillen called on the team's leader in batting average to deliver. He did.
"I told Ozzie I don't want to be scared. I'm thinking a lot," Infante said. "I don't want to be out there if I'm 50, 60 percent. Sometimes I can go out there two days in a row and be fine. But I want to play 100 percent. I don't want to play 60 percent, 70 percent.
"I want to get there."