Marlins Even Score With Diamondbacks

MIAMI (AP) – One day after losing to Arizona 1-o, Ricky Nolasco struck out 11 and the Marlins stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak by beating the Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday.

The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn, the Marlins’ third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth.

Didi Gregorius had three hits for Arizona, which had won four in a row.

Nolasco (3-5) was coming off his worst start of the season, allowing six runs in five innings in a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

But the Marlins’ all-time wins leader bounced back with his best, earning his 79th career victory. He gave up up one run and five hits in eight-plus innings.

After hitting Cody Ross with a pitch in the fourth, Nolasco retired the next 14 batters, striking out the side in the fifth and again in the eighth.

Gregorius led off the ninth with a double, finishing Nolasco’s day after 110 pitches, 80 for strikes.

Closer Steve Cishek relieved got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out as second baseman Derek Dietrich made a backhanded play up the middle. Jason Kubel hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1.

After Eric Chavez followed with a pinch-hit single and Martin Prado walked, Dunn came in and walked Miguel Montero to load the bases. Dunn retired Pollock for his second career save.

Wade Miley (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out six. He is 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins.

With the game scoreless until the sixth, Adeiny Hechavarria and Dietrich singled and Ozuna hit a double off the left-center field wall near the 386-foot sign. It snapped a scoreless inning streak for the Marlins at 14 after Brandon McCarthy tossed a three-hit shutout on Saturday in a 1-0 win.

Ozuna, a 22-year old rookie outfielder, is hitting .295 since being called up on April 30.

After getting nine runs on 16 hits in a series-opening 9-2 win on Friday, Arizona scored just two runs on 10 hits in the final two games.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

blog comments powered by Disqus
Connect With Those In Need
Weather Forecast 24/7

Listen Live