The Marlins' blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays in November 2012, which featured the payroll purging of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, yielded starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria among seven players.

While Alvarez and Hechavarria have factored into the Marlins' surprising season (63-63) so far, another former Toronto player scooped from the scrap heap two months after their acquisition has been equally essential.

Right-handed reliever Sam Dyson, claimed off waivers by the Marlins in January of last year, has allowed just one earned run in 15 1/3 innings spanning his past 10 appearances while lowering his ERA from 2.79 to 1.44.

During this stretch, he has walked two and struck out 15, including a career-high three in the 10th inning of Tuesday's 4-3 walk-off win against the Rangers — his second career victory. Dyson struck out Robinson Chirinos looking, and then Rougned Odor and Alex Rios swinging.

"I've been able to let it fly and I think my arm bounces back a little better out of the bullpen, so I've been able to get after it a little bit more," said Dyson, who was used as a starter last season after his promotion from Triple-A New Orleans. "As a starter, you don't have as much adrenaline the entire time you're out there."