Arizona (56-49) at Miami (56-49)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon Jul 28, 2003
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The Florida Marlins look to extend their winning streak to four games as they open a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Florida has won six of its last seven to move within two games of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL wild-card race.

Juan Pierre hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning Sunday as the Marlins beat the Phillies for the eighth consecutive time, 7-6.

Florida’s Mike Lowell hit a two-run homer, his 29th, and tied a team record with an RBI in his eighth consecutive game.

With the three-game sweep, Florida is seven games above .500 for the first time since 1997.

“Nobody expects us to win,” closer Ugueth Urbina said. “That’s good. I like that. That’s why we are going to be so good because nobody expects it. I think we have everything here to make the playoffs. All the pieces are here. I don’t see any holes. We can compete with anybody. Everything a team needs, we have it here.”

The Marlins will send lefty Mark Redman to the mound on Monday.

Redman has been one of Florida’s most consistent pitchers, going 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA over his last five outings. The veteran left-hander has given up just one run in his last two starts, spanning 14 2-3 innings.

The Diamondbacks, who are also two games behind Philadelphia, have lost seven of their last nine.

Curt Schilling gave up just one run and struck out seven Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Diamondbacks suffered a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles.

The Diamondbacks took two of three in the series despite scoring only three runs. The Diamondbacks had just four hits on Sunday.

“When you only get four base hits and one guy has three of them, that’s pretty tough to bunch those together somehow and make them a run,” Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said.

STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 2nd place, 11 GB, NL West. Marlins - 3rd place, 12 1/2 GB, NL East.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Miguel Batista (7-5, 2.66 ERA). Despite a stellar 1.73 ERA over his last four starts, the 32-year-old righty is just 1-2. Batista was the victim of poor run support in his last outing, allowing two runs—none earned—and three hits over five innings in a 7-1 loss to San Francisco on Wednesday. Batista is 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 career appearances, including seven starts, against Florida.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Redman (8-4, 2.92 ERA). Redman held Atlanta’s potent lineup to one run and four hits over 7 2-3 innings on Wednesday, but was long gone when the Marlins finally won 5-4 in the 12th.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .316 avg., 18 HRs, 69 RBIs and 69 runs; David Dellucci, 9 SBs. Marlins - Ivan Rodriguez, .316 avg.; Lowell, 29 HRs and 86 RBIs; Luis Castillo, 69 runs; Pierre, 50 SBs.


STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - INF Craig Counsell is mired in a 5-for-27 slump. … OF Gonzalez has only one home run in his last 86 at-bats. … 3B Shea Hillenbrand went 0-for-4 on Sunday, ending his 11-game hitting streak. Marlins - 2B Castillo, a .290 career hitter, is just 2-for-13 lifetime against RHP Batista. … OF Pierre stole his major league-leading 50th base on Sunday. … 1B Derek Lee has six hits in his last 12 at bats.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 26-27 on the road; Marlins - 31-21 at home.

INJURIES: Diamondbacks - RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL. Marlins - RHP Kevin Olsen (concussion), 15-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 60-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL.

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M. Batista Col vs. M. Redman Col
10-9 Record 14-9
3.54 ERA 3.59
142 K 151
60 BB 61
1.33 WHIP 1.22