Cishek Can’t Hold Lead, Marlins Lose 4-3 In 10
PHOENIX (AP) — Donovan Solano put the Miami Marlins in position for a second straight last-inning victory. Then the usually reliable Steve Cishek couldn’t wrap it up.
Arizona scored three times off the Marlins closer without an out in the 10th inning on Wednesday and the Diamondbacks rallied for a 4-3 victory.
“We’ve got to lock that down,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “That’s a tough one to swallow.”
Florida lost two of three in the desert to fall to 3-3 with three left on a nine-game trip preceding the All-Star break.
Paul Goldschmidt doubled in the last two of Arizona’s three runs in the bottom of the 10th. In the top half of the inning, Solano’s two-run double off Brad Ziegler (4-1), who got the victory, made it 3-1.
In a nine-pitch at-bat, Aaron Hill opened the Arizona 10th with a pinch-hit single off Cishek. Ender Inciarte walked on four pitches, then David Peralta’s RBI single cut the lead to 3-2.
On the next pitch, Goldschmidt hit one to the left-center gap for his major league-best 35th double and his fifth career walk-off hit.
Goldschmidt said he was just trying to get the tying run home from third.
“You’ve got a guy at third and nobody out, a chance to tie the game,” he said. “You just try to put the ball in play. You’re trying to hit it hard, but I just tried to remind myself there’s a lot of ways to score that guy. You try not to put too much pressure on yourself.”
Cishek (4-5) blew just his third save in 23 opportunities.
“It just seems like the couple of times he’s had struggles it’s just been up in the zone,” Redmond said. “He has to throw strikes. That’s pretty much the key to any closer and today he just wasn’t able to do that.”
Nathan Eovaldi blanked Arizona on two hits and nursed a 1-0 lead through seven innings before giving up a leadoff triple to Didi Gregorius in the eighth. Nick Ahmed singled on the next pitch for his first major league RBI to tie it at 1-all.
Eovaldi said the pitch to Ahmed was the only one he regretted. Other than that, he had everything working for him.
It appeared Miami was headed for its second final-inning win in a row, a day after Marcell Ozuna’s two-out, two-run homer in the ninth gave the Marlins a 2-1 victory.
Adeiny Hechavarria led off the 10th with a single off the glove of third baseman Martin Prado and advanced to second on Jeff Mathis’ sacrifice bunt. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson struck out before an intentional walk brought up Solano, who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on June 25.
Solano doubled to the left-field corner, bringing both runners home to make it 3-1 for Cishek, who earned the save Tuesday night.
“I tried to select a good pitch to hit and not think too much at home plate,” Solano said, “just let it fly.”
Arizona tied it in the eighth after right fielder Giancarlo Stanton made a diving attempt on Gregorius’ sinking liner and the ball got past, rolling to the fence.
Eovaldi left after Ahmed’s game-tying hit, and pinch-hitter Cody Ross singled off reliever Mike Dunn. The runners advanced on Inciarte’s sacrifice bunt, Goldschmidt was walked intentionally to load the bases and Miguel Montero ended the inning by bouncing out to second.
Eovaldi went seven innings plus two batters, allowing a run and four hits.
Josh Collmenter held Miami scoreless through five, but in the sixth, Christian Yelich and Solano singled with one out, then Stanton’s fly ball to center brought a run home.
Ozuna doubled to lead off the seventh, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. He was stranded, though, when Collmenter fanned Hechavarria and Mathis, and Eovaldi lined out softly to first.
Collmenter gave up a run, scattering seven hits, in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.
NOTES: Stanton was 0 for 11 in the series and is 3 for 24 through six games on the trip. … Mathis struck out three times, twice with runners in scoring position. … Both teams have Thursday off. The Marlins wrap up their nine-game, cross-country trip with three games against the Mets in New York. Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27 ERA) starts Friday’s opener for Miami, Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4-8, 4.07) for the Mets. … Arizona plays a weekend series in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks’ Mike Bolsinger (1-5, 5.13) goes against Tim Lincecum (8-5, 3.91) Friday night.
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