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While he awaits the league’s decision, Dan Straily delivers in Marlins comeback win

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Dan Straily faces the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Marlins Park in Miami, Monday, June 25, 2018.
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Dan Straily faces the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Marlins Park in Miami, Monday, June 25, 2018. snavarro@miamiherald.com

The Marlins are waiting to see what Major League Baseball decides regarding Dan Straily’s appeal of a looming five-game suspension.

In the meantime, Straily shook off a slow start and came through for the Marlins on the mound and at the plate Monday night in a 9-5 comeback win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

After surrendering three runs over the first two frames, Straily settled in and gave up only one hit over the next four-plus innings and pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four hits overall with six strikeouts and no walks.

"Dan got us deep," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "From there it looked like he found his changeup, his breaking ball a little bit, and kept them off balance and then got us back to the back end [of the bullpen] which was nice."

Straily also hit his second career double and his second hit of the season in the third inning, which started the Marlins’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit. He also drew a key walk in fourth during the Marlins' three-run inning in that frame.

"The first one, I hit the ball and I start running, and I didn't really know where the ball was, again," Straily said. "Like the last time I hit a double. I started running and I was glad it was fair somewhere. It's good for how hard we were at hitting as starting pitchers, to get rewarded with a hit. I also scored two runs in a game. I don't think I've done that yet. So I can cross that one off. It was a good night up there for me."

The Marlins (32-47) won their third consecutive game and picked up their first win over the Diamondbacks (44-34) this season. Miami more than doubled their scoring output when they were swept in Arizona June 1-3 and outscored 21-4 over those three games.

Straily gave up a two-out solo homer to Jake Lamb in the top of the first, which Justin Bour answered with a 418-foot solo homer of his own to right center in the bottom of the inning.

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Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour runs the bases after hitting a one-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park in Miami, Monday, June 25, 2018. Sam Navarro snavarro@miamiherald.com

The Diamondbacks plated two more in the second on a single by former Marlins’ catcher Jeff Mathis and a sacrifice fly by pitcher Shelby Miller.

The Marlins answered with a run in the third on a single by Starlin Castro that drove in Straily, and plated three in the bottom of the fourth on a single from Derek Dietrich and a two-run double by Brian Anderson to take the lead for good. Anderson leads all rookies with 26 multi-hit games and extended his on-base streak to 22 games, tying Jesse Winker for the longest by a rookie this season.

The Marlins broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth with four runs off reliever Braden Shipley.

Straily, who scored two runs in a game for the first time in his career, won his first decision since May 18 and the Marlins prevailed in one of his starts for the first time since May 23.

"Frustrating start to the game," Straily said. "I was talking the other day about trying to get back to who I am as a pitcher. The game didn't start off where I feel like I needed to be. I just really tried to focus in on location. I was able to actuallyl get the results I was looking for."

Straily’s suspension stems from an incident last Tuesday in San Francisco when he and manager Don Mattingly were ejected after Straily hit Giants catcher Buster Posey with a pitch in what the umpire believed was retaliation for Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez hitting Lewis Brinson earlier in the game.

The night before, Giants reliever Hunter Strickland was seen exchanging words with Lewis Brinson after Strickland took exception to Brinson’s bat flip following his game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of a Marlins’ win. A week prior to the series when the two teams squared off in Miami, a pitch from Straily broke the hand of Giants' third baseman Evan Longoria.

The timing of Straily’s potential suspension would be unfortunate for the Marlins, with Caleb Smith expected to miss an extended amount of time with a grade 3 lat strain of his left shoulder. The Marlins already have Jose Urena on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement although they expect him to return potentially next week.

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