Miami (54-62) at Arizona (59-57)

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  • Game info: 4:40 pm EDT Sun Aug 13, 2006
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The Arizona Diamondbacks look to complete a nine-game homestand with a winning record on Sunday when they conclude a three-game series against the Florida Marlins at Chase Field.

Arizona (59-57) improved to 4-4 on the homestand after a 6-3 victory on Saturday. The Diamondbacks remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

They’re tied with San Diego for second place in the division and both teams also trail NL wild-card leader Cincinnati by one-half game.

Arizona will depart for a 10-game road trip against West opponent after Sunday’s game and would like to enter their longest remaining road stretch with some momentum.

Brandon Webb won in his return to the mound after missing a start due to right forearm soreness by pitching five effective innings on Saturday. Four relievers finished up to combine for four scoreless innings to help Webb notch his NL high-tying 13th victory.

“We needed it,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “When you have a little more rested bullpen you can get results like that.”

Carlos Quentin’s three-run triple capped a six-run rally in the fourth inning for the Diamondbacks, who had been held to one run and six hits over the first 12 innings of the series before the outburst.

First baseman Conor Jackson also returned to the lineup after missing three games due to a forearm injury and went 3-for-3. Jackson is 10-for-24 over his last eight games.

The Diamondbacks hope to have rookie shortstop Stephen Drew back in the lineup Sunday. Drew, who is 16-for-36 with nine RBIs over his last 10 games, was a late scratch Saturday due to a sore right hand.

Starter Enrique Gonzalez (3-3, 5.27 ERA) seeks his first win since July 17 for Arizona. The rookie is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA over his last four outings after allowing two runs and four hits over five innings in Arizona’s 8-4 loss to San Francisco on Monday.

The right-hander, who is facing Florida for the first time, is 2-1 with a 3.40 ERA in seven appearances at home this year .

Florida (54-62) fell to 3-2 on a nine-game road trip with Saturday’s loss. The Marlins left 10 runners on base and were hitless in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Second baseman Dan Uggla continued his strong road trip with his 19th homer, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Uggla has homered three times on the trip and 14 of his homers have come on the road.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (10-7, 4.15) is 4-1 with a 2.10 ERA over his last five outings. He became the first Florida pitcher to notch a 10th victory this season by allowing two runs and five hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-2 win at Washington on Tuesday.

The victory came one start after he lasted just two innings in a loss to the New York Mets on Aug. 2.

“I had a lot of confidence in that game and unfortunately things didn’t work out for me,” Nolasco said. “But I just stayed mentally strong and I couldn’t wait to get back out there.”

The rookie right-hander is 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA in eight road starts this year.

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4.82 ERA 5.67
99 K 66
41 BB 34
1.41 WHIP 1.39


Sunday, Aug 13