Marlins-Diamondbacks Preview

The Arizona Diamondbacks stood one strike away from their longest winning streak in more than a month before Miami's Marcell Ozuna spoiled those plans and evened the series.

A day after his late heroics turned what seemed like a certain loss into a victory, Ozuna looks to extend his 14-game hitting streak in Wednesday's series finale when the visiting Marlins go for their fourth win in five games.

Arizona starters, 14th in the NL with a 4.62 ERA, have allowed two runs over 19 2-3 innings in the last three games. Vidal Nuno, acquired from the New York Yankees on Sunday, gave up three hits over seven innings in his debut Tuesday.

The Diamondbacks (38-54) were on the verge of their first three-game run since a road sweep in Colorado from June 3-5 before Ozuna delivered a two-strike, two-out, two-run home run off closer Addison Reed for a 2-1 victory.

''He got a good pitch to hit and didn't miss it,'' Miami manager Mike Redmond said. ''In this ballpark you can do some damage on one swing.''

Ozuna, 4 for 8 in this series, also had a fourth-inning double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games - the longest active in the majors. He's batting .370 with three homers in that span.

The outfielder will try to stay hot as the Marlins (44-46) seek their third straight series victory, but he's fanned twice in his two career at-bats against Arizona's Josh Collmenter (7-5, 3.98 ERA).

Collmenter had posted a 1.59 ERA while earning wins in three consecutive appearances - one in relief - before allowing five runs and a season-high 11 hits over six-plus innings in Friday's 5-2 loss at Atlanta.

The right-hander, though, has pitched well at Chase Field, going 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA in his last seven starts. In contrast, he's 2-3 with a 5.18 mark in his past seven on the road.

Collmenter has allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings in two relief appearances against the Marlins.

Garrett Jones has a home run in three career at-bats versus Collmenter dating to his time with Pittsburgh. Jones is 3 for 5 with two doubles in this series after flying out as a pinch hitter Tuesday.

All-Star Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3, leaving him 4 for 28 with one RBI in his last seven contests. Casey McGehee also went hitless, ending his career-best 14-game hitting streak and major league-best 21-game streak on the road.

Miami's Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.75) hopes to turn things around after struggling with a 5.70 ERA in his last five starts. He had posted a 1.93 mark over his previous four.

Eovaldi, who has a 2.05 ERA in his last four road outings, is 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three career starts against the Diamondbacks.

The right-hander will likely have to deal with All-Star Paul Goldschmidt, who hit his major league-leading 34th double Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He's 14 for 29 with six doubles over that stretch.

The Diamondbacks were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position Tuesday after going 5 for 10 in a series-opening 9-1 win.

''We score one run in one inning,'' manager Kirk Gibson said, ''so that makes everything else look magnified.''

More MLB


Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.


Click the share icon to bookmark us.