Miami Marlins (44-46) at Arizona Diamondbacks (38-54), 3:40 p.m. (ET)
07/08/2014 6:52 PM
07/09/2014 10:51 AM
(SportsNetwork.com) - On the heels of one of their more dramatic victories of the season the Miami Marlins take aim at a series win on Wednesday when they play the rubber match of a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Marcell Ozuna's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning lifted Miami to a 2-1 win on Tuesday, spoiling Vidal Nuno's National League debut.
Nuno, acquired by the Diamondbacks on Sunday in the trade that sent struggling right-hander Brandon McCarthy to the Yankees, threw seven scoreless innings and was in line for the win after scoring on Aaron Hill's single in the fifth.
But Arizona closer Addison Reed (1-5) issued a leadoff walk to Ed Lucas in the ninth and had two strikes on Ozuna when the Marlins center fielder belted a fastball off the camera well above center to make it 2-1.
"That was quite a finish," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "We'd been waiting for that big hit for a couple days."
The Marlins bounced back from a 9-1 loss in the three-game series opener on Monday to win for the third time in four games.
Nuno, who was 2-5 with a 5.42 ERA in 17 games for the Yankees, allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out seven. He threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes before he was replaced by Brad Ziegler, who pitched a perfect eighth.
"He moved the ball around, had great command and knew how to use his pitches," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Nuno. "He did a hell of a job for us."
Brad Hand went 6 1/3 innings for Miami, allowing eight hits, two walks and an unearned run. Mike Dunn (7-4) struck out the one batter he faced in the eighth inning to strand a runner at third base and Steve Cishek threw a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Getting the call for the Marlins on Wednesday will be righty Nathan Eovaldi, who has just one win over his last seven starts. Eovaldi lost in St. Louis on Friday, as he allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, dropping him to 5-4 on the year to go along with a 3.75 ERA.
Eovaldi is a perfect 2-0 in six games (3 starts) versus the D-backs with a 3.72 ERA.
Arizona, meanwhile, will counter with righty Josh Collmenter, who is 7-5 with a 3.98 ERA. Collmenter had a three-start winning streak stopped on Friday in Atlanta, as he surrendered five runs and 11 hits in six innings.
This will be his first-ever start versus the Marlins.
Arizona has taken 13 of 19 from the Marlins.
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