Diamondbacks hook Marlins
The Arizona Diamondbacks scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally for a 5-3 victory Tuesday over the Florida Marlins.
“It was a good all-around inning for us, putting up good at-bats,” Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said about the five-run onslaught, which was highlighted by a leadoff homer by Mark Reynolds, a game-tying RBI single by Felipe Lopez and a go-ahead run-producing base hit by rookie Gerardo Parra.
The win was the second straight for the Diamondbacks (15-23), matching their longest victory streak of the year. They’ll try to extend the streak on Wednesday when they play a twi-night doubleheader against the Marlins (18-21). The twin bill at Land Shark Stadium will begin at 2:10 p.m. Arizona time.
Jon Garland (4-2, 4.72 ERA) earned the victory for the D-backs on Tuesday, pitching six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits. He struck out three and walked one.
For five-and-a-half innings, Garland and Florida starter Josh Johnson (3-1, 2.54) were locked in a scoreless pitching duel.
The Marlins broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Hanley Ramirez belted his seventh homer of the season, a solo shot to left field. Jorge Cantu followed with a base hit, and he advanced to second when the ball bounced past Diamondbacks left fielder Eric Byrnes for an error. Cantu came around to score on an RBI single by Dan Uggla which put the Marlins ahead 2-0.
Reynolds began Arizona’s five-run seventh with a solo homer to left-center field (his ninth round-tripper of the season). Byrnes was safe on a throwing error by third baseman Emilio Bonifacio, and Chris Snyder followed with a single up the middle. After Augie Ojeda advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez summoned left-handed reliever Renyel Pinto to pitch to pinch hitter Miguel Montero.
Montero was hit by Pinto’s first pitch to load the bases. The Diamondbacks made the most of the opportunity, as Lopez tied the game with an RBI single to right field and Parra put Arizona ahead to stay with a base hit to left-center. An error on left fielder Chris Coghlan allowed Lopez to advance to third and Parra to take second. Lopez scored the fifth run of the inning when Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly off right-hander Kiko Calero.
“We put up eight quality plate appearances right in a row,” Hinch said. “When you do that, one after another after another after another, it leads to big innings.”
The Marlins drew to within 5-3 by tallying a run off Arizona reliever Juan Gutierrez in the bottom of the seventh. Cody Ross began the frame with a double down the left field line, and he scored on a single to right by pinch hitter Ross Gload. Gutierrez averted further damage by getting Bonifacio to ground into a double play and by retiring Coghlan on an inning-ending popup.
Tony Pena pitched the bottom of the eighth for the Diamondbacks. He allowed base hits by Ramirez and Cantu but was able to escape the two-on, none-out jam without surrendering a run.
Arizona closer Chad Qualls gave up a leadoff single to Ross in the ninth before retiring the next three hitters (two on strikeouts) to end the game and earn his ninth save.
“Anytime you have a chance to go your starter to Gutierrez to Pena to Qualls is a good combo to have in the game,” Hinch said.
The Diamondbacks won despite being out-hit 12-6 by the Marlins. Florida committed three errors in the contest, while Arizona was charged with two fielding miscues.
Doug Davis (2-5, 3.22 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener of Wednesday’s doubleheader for the Diamondbacks against Florida right-hander Chris Volstad (2-3, 3.35). Bryan Augenstein (0-1, 7.11) will take the mound in the second game for Arizona against the Marlins’ Hayden Penn (1-0, 5.71).
The four-game series in Miami is slated to conclude with a night game on Thursday. Max Scherzer (1-3, 3.35) will pitch for the Diamondbacks against Florida lefty Andrew Miller (1-1, 5.94).
By: Tom Kessler
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