Ozuna's 9th-inning HR gives Marlins 2-1 victory
- Article by: BOB BAUM
- Associated Press
- July 8, 2014 - 11:30 PM
PHOENIX — Marcell Ozuna hit a two-out, two-run home run off Addison Reed in the ninth inning to spoil a brilliant Arizona debut by Vidal Nuno and give the Miami Marlins a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Ozuna hit Reed's 2-2 pitch off the batter's eye far above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center. It was the fifth blown save in 25 tries for Reed (1-5) and the ninth home run the closer has allowed in 38 appearances.
Nuno, acquired in the deal that sent Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees, gave up three hits, struck out a career-high seven and walked one in seven innings. He scored Arizona's only run.
Mike Dunn (7-4) pitched one-third of an inning to get the victory. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities.
Miami's Brad Hand allowed an unearned run and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings but failed to win as a starter for the 14th consecutive time, the third-longest active streak in the majors.
Hand's last victory as a starter came almost three years ago to the day, on July 7, 2011, against Houston.
After Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless eighth, Reed came on and walked Ed Lucas to start the ninth. Giancarlo Stanton struck out and Casey McGehee lined out to center to bring up Ozuna for his game-winning heroics.
The game ended when Paul Goldschmidt, the NL's starting first baseman in the All-Star Game, flied out to deep right.
The Diamondbacks were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.
The only Miami player to reach second against Nuno was Ozuna when he doubled with two outs in the fourth.
Nuno reached when McGehee muffed a grounder, the third baseman's second error and one of four by Miami. Ender Inciarti's bunt single past the mound put runners at first and second with no outs. Aaron Hill followed with an RBI single. Goldschmidt grounded into a double play and, after Martin Prado walked, Cody Ross grounded out to strand the runner at third.
The Diamondbacks stranded runners at second and third in the first, second and sixth innings.
In the second, Nuno — not accustomed to batting because he's been in the AL — laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. But Inciarti grounded sharply to short to end the threat.
Another nice sacrifice bunt by Nuno moved runners to second and third with two outs in the sixth.
NOTES: Goldschmidt hit his major league-leading 34th double. ... Arizona OF Mark Trumbo, who hit a grand slam in his rehab appearance with Triple-A Reno on Monday night, is expected to join the Diamondbacks after the All-Star break. He's been out since April 22 with a left foot stress fracture. ... In the series finale on Wednesday, the Marlins send Nathan Eovaldi (5-4, 3.75 ERA) to the mound against the Diamondbacks' Josh Collmenter (7-5, 3.98).
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