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Nothing going right for Marlins as swoon continues with fifth straight loss

Caleb Smith talks strategy with catcher J.T. Realmuto inside the dugout during the Marlins' loss on Saturday to Arizona.
Caleb Smith talks strategy with catcher J.T. Realmuto inside the dugout during the Marlins' loss on Saturday to Arizona. Getty Images

Nothing is going right for the Marlins.

Case in point: Saturday’s fifth inning.

Trailing 5-0, the Marlins twice ordered intentional walks, ultimately loading the bases for Deven Marrero, a .190 hitter. They were sound managerial calls in that situation.

But Tyler Cloyd walked him -- unintentionally -- to force in a run.

The Marlins lost their fifth straight, own the worst record in the National League, are on pace to finish with 107 losses, and are looking more helpless by the day.

Saturday’s 6-2 setback to Arizona was a microcosm of their season so far.

Caleb Smith, who has been one of their steadiest starters, coughed up a pair of home runs and came out after the fourth inning.

"I thought tonight was probably the best stuff I've had all season," Smith said. "It's just that I made a couple of mistakes that cost me. They were taking really good swings all night. I don't know if I was tipping. But it was almost like they knew every pitch I was throwing."

His was the third short stint in as many days for a Marlins starter. Wei-Yin Chen was lifted in the second on Thursday and Elieser Hernandez came out after the third on Saturday. Manager Don Mattingly has said previously that the Marlins aren't the kind of club that can rally after falling behind early. And in each of their past three games, that's exactly what they've done.

"We've put three in a row together where we're into our long man right away," Mattingly said. "Obviously there's been a little patch here where we haven't gotten very deep into games."

They’re giving up home runs in bunches.

After allowing a franchise-record six home run blasts in Friday’s loss, they gave up two more on Saturday, with Smith coughing up both. Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta each went deep off Smith.

"They've kind of got us for a few," Mattingly said of the home run deluge.

Over their past 10 games, the Marlins have served up 19 homers.

And they’re not scoring.

Zack Greinke held them scoreless until the sixth when he gave up a two-out RBI triple to Brian Anderson. Lewis Brinson came off the bench in the ninth to deliver a pinch-hit home run.

The five-game losing streak matches the longest of the season for the Marlins, who close out their series with the Diamondbacks on Sunday before heading on to St. Louis.

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