Diamondbacks: Arizona's late rally ends up 1 run shy

2013-05-20T00:00:00Z Diamondbacks: Arizona's late rally ends up 1 run shyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MIAMI - A late run by the Arizona Diamondbacks fell one run short.

Pinch hitter A.J. Pollock grounded out on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded, ending Arizona's 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

"I fouled off a couple of pitches, and got the pitch I wanted. He just got it in on me a little bit. I hit it hard," Pollock said.

Mike Dunn, the Marlins' third pitcher of the inning, got his second career save. Ricky Nolasco struck out 11 and Miami stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak.

Didi Gregorius had three hits for Arizona, which had won four in a row.

"Early in the game we had a few chances, but we couldn't get the big hit when we needed it and (Nolasco) got stronger," Gregorius said.

Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth.

Nolasco (3-5) was coming off his worst start of the season, allowing six runs in five innings in a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

"Ricky was great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Coming off a shaky last start, but that's Ricky. Ricky's been solid all year and I really wanted him to finish that game. He looked good and was in complete control."

But the Marlins' all-time wins leader bounced back with his best, earning his 79th career victory. He gave up one run and five hits in eight-plus innings.

After hitting Cody Ross with a pitch in the fourth inning, Nolasco retired the next 14 batters, striking out the side in the fifth and again in the eighth.

Gregorius led off the ninth with a double, finishing Nolasco's day.

Marlins closer Steve Cishek got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out as second baseman Derek Dietrich made a backhanded play up the middle. Jason Kubel hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1.

"That was a huge play in the hole," Redmond said.

After Eric Chavez followed with a pinch-hit single and Martin Prado walked, Dunn came in and walked Miguel Montero to load the bases before retiring Pollock.

"We had a good finish and I thought we were in good shape with A.J. (Pollock) there," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It just didn't work out."

Wade Miley (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out six. He is 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins.

"I felt good out there," Miley said. "I was making pitches and throwing strikes. Just a couple of bad pitches cost you late in the game, especially in a game like that where it's 0-0. You've got to do a better job."

With the game scoreless until the sixth, Adeiny Hechavarria and Dietrich singled and Ozuna hit a double off the left-center field wall near the 386-foot sign. It snapped a scoreless inning streak for the Marlins at 14 after Brandon McCarthy tossed a three-hit shutout on Saturday in a 1-0 win.

After getting nine runs and 16 hits in a series-opening 9-2 win on Friday, Arizona scored just two runs and managed 10 hits in the final two games.

Arizona continues its road trip at Colorado today as D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin (6-1, 1.52 ERA) faces right-hander Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89 ERA).

Today

• Who: D-backs at Rockies

• When: 5:40 p.m.

• TV; radio: FSAZ; 1490-AM

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