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Marlins lose first 9-inning MLB game in 50 years decided on 1st pitch HR

       Leave it to the Marlins to find a new -- and very rare -- way to lose. They dropped a 1-0 decision to Arizona on Saturday on Gerardo Parra's home run off Tom Koehler on the very first pitch of the game.

       That doesn't happen often.

       Heck, according to Stats LLC, it hasn't happened in any MLB game since 1993 and, wouldn't you know it, the Marlins were involved in that one, too. The Marlins are "celebrating" their 20th anniversary season this year, so why not replay the memories?

      In September of the Marlins' inaugural season, Pittsburgh's Carlos Garcia went yard on Chris Hammond's first pitch at Joe Robbie Stadium, and the 1-0 score held up.

       But there was just one tiny extra detail to that particular game. It was called after six innings due to rain.

        PeteroseThe last 9-inning game to result in a 1-0 score in which the only run came on a first-pitch homer? Stats LLC's records for that particular stat only go back to 1988 and, according to their information, Saturday's game was the ONLY such 9-inning game decided that way over the past 25 years.

      [11:59 p.m. update: ESPN is reporting that, according to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a 1-0, 9-inning game was decided on a home run hit on the first pitch of the game was 1963. Rookie Pete Rose of the Reds hit the homer off Jay Hook of the New York Mets]. Hook

       "At least I made history," Koehler said self-mockingly.

      Needless to say, Koehler wasn't happy with the first ball to leave his hands, a middle-of-the-plate fastball to Parra, a notorious first-pich swinger.

      "He's a 40-percent first-pitch swinger, which is pretty high, even for a leadoff hitter," Koehler said. "I was trying to throw a first-pitch strike, but I don't think you could put it on a tee any better. He swings first pitch and he got exactly what he was looking for and took care of it. It turned out to be the deciding run of the game."

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