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Johnson, Upton help D-Backs annihilate Marlins

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks' next-to-last game in a magnificent May was a 19-hit extravaganza at the expense of the Florida Marlins.

Kelly Johnson homered twice and fell a single shy of the cycle and the steamrolling, first-place Diamondbacks won their seventh straight, a 15-4 rout of the Marlins on Monday night.

"We're hot, man," Arizona's Miguel Montero said, "really hot."

Johnson, with a double and triple, tied a franchise record with four extra-base hits.

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"A big win," he said. "Lots of runs, lots of hits, you can't ask for anything better than that."

Justin Upton tied his career best by going 5 for 5 -- including a two-run homer into the upper deck -- and Montero matched his career high with five RBI, including a three-run homer, as the Diamondbacks won for the 13th time in 14 games and 15th in their last 17.

The Diamondbacks close the month Tuesday against Florida.

"This is a very confident team," Johnson said, "a lot of momentum, a lot of just mojo, a lot of swagger, I mean, all of it, everything you're looking for in a winning team. It's been a lot of fun together. It's group winning."

Arizona's 19 hits were one shy of the franchise record for a nine-inning game and they came in Florida's most one-sided loss of the season.

"We had an aggressive bunch out there today," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "They put themselves in good position, in good counts, and didn't miss balls."

Joe Saunders (2-5) got his second straight win after opening the season 0-5. Chris Volstad (2-4) took the loss.

The Diamondbacks, in the opener of a seven-game home stand after a 6-1 road trip, stayed one-half game ahead of San Francisco in the NL West after two seasons deep in the division basement.

Gerardo Parra hit the other of Arizona's five home runs.

Johnson, batting .429 in his last eight games after an awful start to the season, became the second player in the majors this year to have four extra-base hits in a game. He hit solo home runs in the third and sixth, doubled in the fourth and tripled in the seventh.

"I feel confident, I feel good, I feel strong," he said. "I'm not trying to do too much, just hit the ball real hard."

Johnson came up in the eighth with a chance to hit for the cycle and was struck out by closer Leo Nunez, who was getting some work despite his team's 11-run deficit.

The Marlins, coming off what had been their most one-sided loss of the season -- 8-0 to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday - have given up 23 runs and 36 hits in their last two games. They have lost three of four.

Florida was without three-time All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who left Sunday's game at Los Angeles with stiffness in his lower back.

Saunders allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking two. Volstad gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and one walk.

"It's all about the pitching," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We have been saying that all along. The starting pitcher sets the tone for the game. That happened yesterday with Ricky Nolasco and that happened today. It's all about pitching."

The Diamondbacks scored 10 straight runs after Gaby Sanchez's two-run homer cut the Diamondbacks' lead to 5-4 in the fifth.

"They have a lineup full of left-handed hitters and they know what they are doing at the plate," Rodriguez said. "All those hits, home runs from the lefties, were opposite field. They are playing well. Everything is falling into place for them."

The Diamondbacks broke it open with a five-run sixth. After Johnson's home run, Melvin Mora grounded to shortstop for the second out. Upton and Drew singled, then on a double steal, reliever Ryan Webb threw wild to third allowing a run to score. Young walked, then Montero's opposite-field homer made it 11-4.

Upton's towering home run into the tables in front of the Friday's Front Row Sports Grill came off Mike Dunn in Arizona's four-run seventh.

Notes

  • Arizona's 15-2 stretch ties a franchise mark.
  • Ramirez missed Thursday's game at San Francisco because of a bruised right foot after he was hit by a pitch.
  • On last June 1, Arizona was 20-33, 11 1/2 games out of first place.
  • Florida's Logan Morrison walked and singled and has reached base in all 31 games he's played this season, the longest active streak in the majors.
 
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Justin Upton (right) ties a career best at the plate by going 5-for-5 to help the D-Backs rout the Marlins in epic fashion. (AP)
Justin Upton (right) ties a career best at the plate by going 5-for-5 to help the D-Backs rout the Marlins in epic fashion. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

K. Johnson
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
Florida

G. Sanchez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS3120200 .274
Omar Infante, 2B5130002 .256
Logan Morrison, LF4110126 .322
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4123004 .318
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   a- Brett Hayes, PH1000002 .345
Mike Stanton, RF3001103 .254
Greg Dobbs, 3B3000125 .350
John Buck, C4000001 .207
Chris Coghlan, CF4000011 .238
Chris Volstad, P2000020 .167
    Burke Badenhop, P00000001.000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Vazquez, PH1000010 .188
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 1B1010000 .216
Totals3549458  
a-grounded out for Nunez in the 9th
b-struck out for Choate in the 6th
Batting
HR - Gaby Sanchez (8, Saunders)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez 3 (34), Mike Stanton (29)
2-OUT RBI - Gaby Sanchez 2 (19)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Stanton 1
E - Ryan Webb (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad (L,2-4) 3.1855122 5.91
Burke Badenhop 1211100 2.92
Randy Choate 0.2000000 1.08
Ryan Webb 1455222 4.32
Mike Dunn 1544011 3.80
Leo Nunez 1000020 3.12
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 62-38, Burke Badenhop 16-10, Randy Choate 8-5, Ryan Webb 45-27, Mike Dunn 35-27, Leo Nunez 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 5-3, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Randy Choate 1-1, Ryan Webb 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 19, Burke Badenhop 5, Randy Choate 2, Ryan Webb 9, Mike Dunn 8, Leo Nunez 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kelly Johnson, 2B6343020 .224
Melvin Mora, 3B5111002 .257
Justin Upton, RF5353000 .261
Stephen Drew, SS3320101 .285
   a- Willie Bloomquist, PH-SS1000010 .269
Chris Young, CF4121100 .238
    Micah Owings, P0000000 .000
    Zach Kroenke, P0000000 .000
Miguel Montero, C5135000 .287
Juan Miranda, 1B4000104 .250
Gerardo Parra, LF-CF4211112 .262
Joe Saunders, P2000011 .200
   b- Sean Burroughs, PH1000010 .154
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   c- Xavier Nady, PH-LF2110010 .279
Totals4215191447  
a-struck out for Drew in the 7th
b-struck out for Saunders in the 6th
c-singled for Vasquez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (12, Volstad), Justin Upton (12, Volstad)
3B - Kelly Johnson (1, Dunn)
HR - Kelly Johnson 2 (9, Volstad, Webb), Justin Upton (10, Dunn), Miguel Montero (6, Webb), Gerardo Parra (4, Volstad)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 3 (22), Melvin Mora (15), Justin Upton 3 (27), Chris Young (30), Miguel Montero 5 (27), Gerardo Parra (15)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (11), Chris Young (15), Miguel Montero 4 (10)
SB - Justin Upton (10, off Webb/Buck), Stephen Drew (4, 3rd base off Webb/Buck), Chris Young (6, 2nd base off Webb/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Drew-Johnson-Miranda
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders (W,2-5) 6744271 4.77
Esmerling Vasquez 1100100 3.15
Micah Owings 1000100 3.18
Zach Kroenke 1100110 9.00
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 93-65, Esmerling Vasquez 16-9, Micah Owings 18-9, Zach Kroenke 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 6-5, Esmerling Vasquez 1-1, Micah Owings 1-2, Zach Kroenke 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 27, Esmerling Vasquez 4, Micah Owings 4, Zach Kroenke 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23465
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis