While the Miami Marlins shed salary and gave up on at least the 2013 season, other teams in the National League East are trying to become contenders, namely the Atlanta Braves.
After two big offensive games, Miami’s bats went quiet during a desert doubleheader.
One night after giving up 12 runs on 20 hits, the Diamondbacks appeared poised to turn the tables on the Marlins. Arizona’s first six hitters reached base and the Diamondbacks opened a 5-0 lead by the time Miami starter Ricky Nolasco recorded his first out. But after that promising start, Arizona’s bats went silent and the pitching gradually gave back the lead.
After scoring two quick runs, Arizona’s bats went silent against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Jose Reyes got the night off, and still had as many hits as nearly everyone else in the Miami lineup.
Miguel Montero hit three doubles and drove in four runs, and pitcher Zach Duke hit a two-run homer for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 12-9 win over the Florida Marlins on Monday night.
Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton each hit a two-run homer and the Florida Marlins snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Justin Upton’s bloop single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth drove in the winning run in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 6-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night.
Kelly Johnson homered twice and fell a single shy of the cycle and the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks won their seventh straight, a 15-4 rout of the Florida Marlins on Monday night.