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Montero's four RBI help lead D-Backs past Marlins

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MIAMI -- A nine-run lead in the third inning should make for an easy win. That was hardly the case for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Arizona had to hold off the struggling Florida Marlins, whose comeback fell just short as the Diamondbacks won 12-9.

"Give them credit, they pressured the daylights out of us," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

Miguel Montero hit three doubles and drove in four runs, and pitcher Zach Duke hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks, who have won four of five. Juan Miranda had three RBI and Justin Upton knocked in a pair.

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"It was nice to see us swing the bats," Upton said. "This was a good series for us."

The Marlins have lost 11 of 12, finishing 1-10 on their homestand despite a season-high 16 hits.

"It was good to see that from the offense," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

The Diamondbacks led 9-0 in the third inning, but Florida pulled within 12-9 in the eighth on a two-run single by John Buck.

J.J. Putz earned his 18th save in 20 chances by pitching a scoreless ninth.

"It's good we're going home with a win," Gibson said.

Ricky Nolasco (4-2) allowed nine runs -- five earned -- in three innings for the Marlins. It was the second time in four starts he has allowed at least eight runs. He gave up eight in a loss to the Dodgers on May 29.

"This one is on me," Nolasco said. "It wasn't my day. It was a rough one. Anytime we score nine runs, I expect myself to win."

Upton had an RBI single in the first to start the scoring before Montero cleared the bases with a three-run double to right-center that rolled to the wall for a 4-0 lead.

"I went out there looking for a fastball, middle or middle-in," Montero said.

After sending nine batters to the plate in the first, the Diamondbacks struck again in the third, sending 10 to the dish and scoring five to lead 9-0. Montero doubled in a run before Duke launched his second career homer over the right-field fence. The two-run shot by Duke was his second homer of the season.

"That's about the only positive," he said of his performance.

Duke allowed seven runs and 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings, finishing one out short of qualifying for the win despite an early nine-run lead.

"It's a bad performance by me," Duke said. "I wasn't able to get us through six or seven innings, which is what you want to do in that situation."

Micah Owings (3-0) picked up the win by pitching 2 1/3 innings in relief.

Omar Infante had a two-run double, Mike Stanton had a pair of run-scoring hits and pinch-hitter Ozzie Martinez had an RBI single to bring the Marlins within striking distance at 12-7 in the fifth.

Notes

  • The Diamondbacks took the season series with the Marlins 5-2, outscoring Florida 53-35.
  • Pitchers on both teams combined to go 3 for 6 with a home run, two doubles and two RBI.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez (back) will be reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday and is expected to bat in the leadoff spot against the Phillies. In a corresponding move, the Marlins placed OF Scott Cousins (lower back strain) on the 15-day disabled list.
  • The start of the game was delayed 16 minutes due to inclement weather.
 
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Miguel Montero powers the Diamondbacks with three doubles and four RBI against the sinking Marlins.  (US Presswire)
Miguel Montero powers the Diamondbacks with three doubles and four RBI against the sinking Marlins. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Florida

E. Bonifacio
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ryan Roberts, 3B4221212 .262
Kelly Johnson, 2B4100224 .217
Justin Upton, RF6132010 .278
Stephen Drew, SS5210123 .293
Chris Young, CF4220114 .249
Miguel Montero, C5234002 .282
Juan Miranda, 1B4113101 .244
Gerardo Parra, LF4010112 .276
Zach Duke, P3112013 .286
    Micah Owings, P1000000 .167
   a- Melvin Mora, PH1000000 .231
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals4112141289  
a-grounded out for Owings in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Upton (16, Dunn), Chris Young (19, Badenhop), Miguel Montero 3 (19, Nolasco, Nolasco, Badenhop)
HR - Zach Duke (2, Nolasco)
RBI - Ryan Roberts (28), Justin Upton 2 (33), Miguel Montero 4 (33), Juan Miranda 3 (20), Zach Duke 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Roberts (14), Justin Upton (15), Zach Duke 2 (5)
SB - Gerardo Parra (6, 3rd base off Nunez/Buck)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gerardo Parra 1
DP - Owings-Montero-Miranda
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Duke 4.21377140 4.56
Micah Owings (W,3-0) 2.1100220 1.83
Bryan Shaw0122100 18.00
Joe Paterson 0.1000110 3.31
Esmerling Vasquez (H,6) 0.2100010 3.46
J.J. Putz (S,18) 1000010 1.93
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Duke 110-69, Micah Owings 42-24, Bryan Shaw 7-2, Joe Paterson 10-3, Esmerling Vasquez 10-8, J.J. Putz 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Duke 3-6, Micah Owings 1-3, J.J. Putz 2-0
Batters Faced - Zach Duke 27, Micah Owings 9, Bryan Shaw 2, Joe Paterson 2, Esmerling Vasquez 3, J.J. Putz 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Emilio Bonifacio, SS6231032 .280
Omar Infante, 2B4222101 .262
Logan Morrison, LF5110023 .296
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3110110 .312
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .333
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B0000100 .307
Mike Stanton, RF4122103 .259
John Buck, C4022114 .229
Wes Helms, 3B5021023 .232
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
Chris Coghlan, CF5000003 .235
Ricky Nolasco, P1110000 .091
    Burke Badenhop, P11100001.000
   b- Ozzie Martinez, PH1011000 .158
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Brett Hayes, 1B2000002 .317
Totals41916959  
a-walked for Choate in the 8th
b-singled for Badenhop in the 5th
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (10, Duke), Omar Infante (9, Duke), Mike Stanton (15, Duke), Ricky Nolasco (1, Duke), Burke Badenhop (1, Duke)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (11), Omar Infante 2 (19), Mike Stanton 2 (41), John Buck 2 (24), Wes Helms (5), Ozzie Martinez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (5), Mike Stanton (17), John Buck 2 (10), Ozzie Martinez (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Infante-Bonifacio-Hayes
E - Emilio Bonifacio (4, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (L,4-2) 3895431 4.23
Burke Badenhop 2433120 3.50
Leo Nunez 1100120 3.30
Brian Sanches 1000100 2.16
Randy Choate 1000010 0.77
Mike Dunn 1100110 3.94
IBB - Parra by Ricky Nolasco
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 79-48, Burke Badenhop 42-26, Leo Nunez 19-12, Brian Sanches 18-10, Randy Choate 10-7, Mike Dunn 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 5-2, Burke Badenhop 3-1, Leo Nunez 1-0, Brian Sanches 1-2, Randy Choate 1-1, Mike Dunn 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 22, Burke Badenhop 11, Leo Nunez 5, Brian Sanches 4, Randy Choate 3, Mike Dunn 4
Game Information
Attendance - 15065
Game Time - 3:36
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - James Hoye