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9th inning collapse was worst ever for Marlins

     Sifting through the day-after debris of last night's mammoth collapse by the Marlins....

     Never in the history of the Marlins -- either the Florida or Miami versions -- have they experienced a ninth-inning meltdown as severe as last night's debacle. The Marlins took a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead into the ninth before losing 8-7 in the 10th. Heath Bell cracked big-time in the ninth, coughing up four runs to the Cardinals.

     According to Stats Inc., the Marlins had never before blown a ninth-inning lead of four runs or greater in a loss. They did, however, squander a four-run lead in the 10th inning of an 8-7 defeat in Atlanta on Sept. 17, 2006. Here is the box from that particular disaster.

     Before last night, the largest blown lead in the ninth inning of a Marlins loss was three runs, which had occurred seven times previously.