The Miami Marlins have been looking for a ‘spark.’ Is Garrett Hampson providing it?

The celebration from the Miami Marlins’ dugout echoed through a stunned Nationals Park as the ball lifted off Garrett Hampson’s bat.

Hampson, back up in the big leagues with the Miami Marlins for about a week and a half and back in the starting lineup for a second consecutive game after three weeks in the minor leagues, smacked a low sinker from Mason Thompson a projected 420 feet for an 11th-inning home run that capped a four-run outburst in an eventual 8-5 Miami win on Friday.

It was a moment of euphoria both for a team fighting for a spot in the playoffs as the regular season nears the end and for an individual who is still out to prove he can be of value to that team making a fight down the stretch.

“I want to play a part in that,” Hampson said. “I want to be part of it and feel part of it.”

He’s getting his chance.

Hampson’s role with the Marlins has been a fluid one all season. That comes with the nature of being a backup utility player.

And with the Marlins needing to reconfigure their lineup a bit to start this four-game series with the Nationals series as designated hitter Jorge Soler dealt with right hip tightness, Marlins manager Skip Schumaker opted to insert Hampson at third base and give Jake Burger some time at designated hitter.

“We’re looking for a spark,” Schumaker said pregame Thursday. “Maybe he provides that for us.”

So far, Hampson has done just that. Hampson reached base in five of nine plate appearances on Thursday and Friday and played stellar defense at third base.

And, even more importantly, Miami has won both of the games. It’s just the fourth time since the All-Star Break the Marlins have won consecutive games. It has them keeping pace in the National League playoff race, with Miami entering Saturday just two games back of the third and final wild card spot.

“It means a lot,” Hampson said. “Every player wants to help the team win. That’s what it comes down to. It feels really good to come through for the guys who have done so well all season long.”

Hamspon, who signed with the Marlins on a minor-league deal this offseason, has only played 72 games for Miami entering Saturday, but has been productive in whatever situation Miami has used him, whether it’s as a spot starter at any of five positions (center field, right field, second base, shortstop, third base), a late-inning defensive replacement or as a pinch-runner.

In 167 plate appearances, Hampson is hitting .286 with 10 doubles, two home runs, 14 RBI and 24 runs scored.

“I’ve felt good all year,” Hampson said. “I feel like I played well. I’m excited to build off of it and keep going and try to contribute the best I can.”

That thought process continued even when he wasn’t on the big-league roster. After the Marlins traded for Burger and first baseman Josh Bell at the trade deadline, Hampson was the odd-man out on the roster and spent three weeks with Triple A Jacksonville. He returned to the Marlins after Avisail Garcia went to the injured list with a hamstring strain.

Hampson took the time in Triple A as a chance to get steady at-bats and continue working on his mechanics. He knew he needed to be ready for when he got the call again.

The result? Hampson hit .397 during his 13 August games with the Jumbo Shrimp.

“I just took it as a positive to go down and continue to build on and work on those things at the plate,” Hampson said. “It’s working out. I feel really good at the plate and am taking good at-bats for the most part.”

That has him back in the big leagues as the Marlins make their final push for the playoffs. Hampson has been part of a playoff push before back in 2018 as a rookie with the Rockies. Having a chance to play meaningful games in September is not lost on him.

Getting the chance to play those games in October would be meaningful, too.

“Guys know what’s at stake,” Hampson said. “Guys know the long grind of a season, but this last month here, it would be disappointing if we didn’t finish off strong. because we felt like we’ve had a really good year and played really good baseball. We know what’s in this clubhouse. We know that we’re a playoff caliber team. That’s our goal.”