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D-Backs sink Marlins, win another series

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MIAMI -- The winning formula was familiar for the Arizona Diamondbacks: Chris Young saw to a quick start, and Jose Valverde took care of the finish.

Young led off the first inning with a homer for the sixth time this season, and Valverde survived a harrowing ninth to help Arizona beat the Florida Marlins 5-4 Thursday.

Valverde walked two and faced NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez with two out.

"I said, 'Oh man, we've got the MVP versus the best closer in the game,"' Arizona second baseman Orlando Hudson said. "Fortunately my man Valverde did his thing, like always."

Ramirez fouled out, giving Valverde his 37th save in 43 chances. The NL West leaders won two of three in Miami, and they've taken eight consecutive series.

"Move on to the next one," said manager Bob Melvin, whose team plays in Atlanta this weekend. "Don't think too much about the last one."

The Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in their past 24 games, and they improved to 27-16 in one-run games. They went 6-1 against Florida this season.

Young's homer was his 22nd, tying tied the Arizona rookie record set by Travis Lee in 1998. Four times Young has homered on the road as the game's first batter.

"It feels great, because it does help get some kind of momentum going," Young said. "Any kind of hit is a plus, not just a home run."

Livan Hernandez (9-7) shook off a case of nausea to pitch seven innings. He gave up three runs in the first, then allowed only one run over the next six innings.

Hernandez said he threw up in the bathroom between the first and second.

"I think I ate too late today," he said. "After the first inning, I felt much better."

The right-hander struck out none but walked only one, and he also had two hits and scored a run.

Clinging to a 5-4 lead, the Diamondbacks turned double plays in the fifth, sixth and seventh. The last of those came with runners at the corners and was started by Hudson, who made a nifty pickup when Ramirez's sharp grounder took a bad hop.

"A great play," Ramirez said.

"It took a little hop, plus he scorched that ball, too, so I was just hoping to knock that ball down," Hudson said. "But it ended up finding its way into my webbing, and we ended up turning a pretty good double play."

NL batting leader Ramirez singled and homered earlier, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. That's the longest of his career, and the longest active streak in the major leagues.

Mike Jacobs hit a two-run homer for Florida, his 10th. He's 11-for-22 since an 0-for-33 slump.

Mark Reynolds hit his 10th homer for Arizona's final run in the third off rookie Daniel Barone (0-1), who made his second major league start and needed 89 pitches to get through four innings. He allowed five runs, four earned.

"You just have to put it behind you and do better next time," said Barone.

Arizona scored twice to take the lead for good in the second. Hernandez singled, took third on a double by Young and came home on a single by Hudson. When Hudson stole second, catcher Miguel Olivo bobbled the ball as he tried to throw, and Young dashed home with an unearned run, barely beating the tag for a 4-3 lead.

"I just took a chance," Young said. "If you get thrown out by a lot you look dumb, and if you're safe it makes you look good. It's just a gamble, and it could have gone either way."

Olivo strained his groin in the collision with Young and left the game. His status is day to day.

Florida scored three in the first. Ramirez singled, took second on a groundout, stole third and came home on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly. Josh Willingham singled, and Jacobs hit a two-out homer.

Ramirez's 22nd homer in the fifth cut Arizona's lead to 5-4.

Notes

  • Marlins rookie center fielder Alejandro De Aza threw out Hernandez and Young trying to stretch singles into doubles.
  • Jacobs became the seventh Marlins player to reach double figures in homers.
  • Marlins LHP Dontrelle Willis pinch-hit for the second time this season in the fifth inning and flied out.
  • Hernandez has allowed 27 homers this year.
 
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Chris Young, buried by catcher Miguel Olivo here, starts the game off with a leadoff homer.  (AP)
Chris Young, buried by catcher Miguel Olivo here, starts the game off with a leadoff homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Young
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

L. Hernandez
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 4
BB 1
K 0
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris Young, CF4231000 .236
Orlando Hudson, 2B3111100 .296
Eric Byrnes, LF3010110 .301
Conor Jackson, 1B2000101 .271
    Brandon Lyon, P0000000 .000
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
Stephen Drew, SS3001011 .232
Mark Reynolds, 3B4111033 .281
Jeff Salazar, RF4000002 .308
Miguel Montero, C4000010 .236
Livan Hernandez, P3120000 .220
    Tony Clark, 1B1000010 .233
Totals3158437  
Batting
2B - Chris Young (19, Barone)
HR - Chris Young (22, Barone), Mark Reynolds (10, Barone)
SF - Stephen Drew (7)
SH - Conor Jackson (2)
RBI - Chris Young (43), Orlando Hudson (59), Stephen Drew (40), Mark Reynolds (42)
SB - Orlando Hudson (6, 3rd base off Barone/Olivo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hudson-Jackson, Hudson-Drew-Jackson, Hudson-Drew-Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez (W,9-7) 7944102 4.86
Brandon Lyon (H,24) 1000100 2.73
Jose Valverde (S,37) 1000210 2.86
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 102-66, Brandon Lyon 19-9, Jose Valverde 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-10, Brandon Lyon 1-2
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 28, Brandon Lyon 4, Jose Valverde 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5221004 .343
Alejandro De Aza, CF3000100 .292
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2001101 .334
Josh Willingham, LF4120001 .274
Mike Jacobs, 1B4112002 .264
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B3000100 .247
Miguel Olivo, C0000000 .237
    Matt Treanor, C4020001 .308
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010102 .261
Daniel Barone, P0000000 .000
    Ross Wolf, P0000000 .000
   a- Dontrelle Willis, PH1000000 .159
    Lee Gardner, P0000000 .000
   b- Todd Linden, PH1010000 .239
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
    Jason Wood, 1B1000012 .271
Totals3149441  
a-flied out for Wolf in the 5th
b-singled for Gardner in the 7th
Batting
HR - Hanley Ramirez (22, Hernandez), Mike Jacobs (10, Hernandez)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (5)
SH - Daniel Barone (1)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (62), Miguel Cabrera (87), Mike Jacobs 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (15)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (38, 3rd base off Hernandez/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alejandro De Aza 2
E - Miguel Olivo (9, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Daniel Barone (L,0-1) 4754222 6.23
Ross Wolf 1000000 12.00
Lee Gardner 2100010 2.42
Armando Benitez 1000120 5.12
Kevin Gregg 1000020 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Barone 89-52, Ross Wolf 10-7, Lee Gardner 16-10, Armando Benitez 19-10, Kevin Gregg 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Wolf 1-2, Lee Gardner 3-1, Armando Benitez 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Barone 20, Ross Wolf 3, Lee Gardner 6, Armando Benitez 4, Kevin Gregg 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11516
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Rob Drake