Final Score: Miami 2, Arizona 1
Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Henderson Alvarez returned from a short stint
on the disabled list to lead the Miami Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Arizona
Diamondbacks in the third match of a four-game set on Saturday.
Alvarez (9-5), who was placed on the DL after experiencing inflammation in his
right shoulder after a win over Washington on July 29, went seven innings and
yielded one run on five hits with six strikeouts.
"This guy competes," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of Alvarez. "The beauty
with him and I hope, and I think this is true, he has realized how good he
Jeff Baker tripled and knocked in a run for Miami, which has won two of three
over Arizona entering Sunday's finale.
Wade Miley (7-9) was the tough-luck loser after he surrendered two runs -- one
earned -- while scattering four hits and striking out nine over seven innings.
"We didn't play really good today," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Wade
pitched very good. He did a great job of keeping his composure."
Miami broke a 1-1 tie thanks to some sloppy play from Arizona in the seventh.
Marcell Ozuna singled to begin the inning and moved to second when Mark Trumbo
committed an error on a pickoff attempt. Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to
push Ozuna over to third, then Jeff Mathis reached on a fielder's choice out
with Ozuna sliding home safely. Cliff Pennington had a chance at getting the
runner at the plate, but his throw skipped in for an error as the Marlins took
Mike Dunn worked around a one-out single in the eighth and Steve Cishek set
the visitors down in order in the ninth to nail down his 31st save of the
Arizona jumped all over Alvarez early and an umpire review played a key role
in helping the Marlins keep it a one-run game after the first inning. Ender
Inciarte and Pennington both singled, then David Peralta ripped a base hit to
center, where Ozuna came up firing to easily get Inciarte at the plate. The
umpires reviewed if Mathis gave a sliding lane for the runner and the ruling
was upheld as the Marlins kept the visitors off the board for the time being.
Pennington and Peralta worked a double steal before Trumbo lifted a sacrifice
fly to center that plated Pennington for a 1-0 lead.
Giancarlo Stanton led off the fourth inning with an infield single to third
and raced home two batters later on Baker's triple to right. Ozuna followed
with a walk which put runners at the corners, but Hechavarria and Mathis both
struck out to end the frame.
Arizona, which won Friday's meeting against the Marlins, has won two
consecutive games just twice since July 20 ... Miley entered the game with a
2-1 record and 0.89 ERA in three career meetings against Miami ... The D-backs
outhit Miami, 6-5 ... Arizona committed five errors in the setback ... The
Marlins went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, while Arizona went 1-
for-3 in those instances ... Game time: 2:25.
08/17 01:16:20 ET
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