Arizona (67-53) at Miami (56-63)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Aug 15, 2007
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have the best record in the NL since the All-Star break in part because of the success of starter Doug Davis.

The Diamondbacks look to remain undefeated in games started by Davis in the second half when they continue a three-game road series against the Florida Marlins on Wednesday.

Arizona (67-53) is 20-10 since the break and Diamondbacks starters have a 3.84 ERA in that stretch. Staff ace Brandon Webb has gotten most of the attention because of his franchise-record streak of 33 consecutive scoreless innings, but Davis (9-10, 3.81 ERA) is Arizona’s only starter to lead the team to an undefeated record since the break.

The Diamondbacks are 6-0 in Davis’ second-half starts, and the left-hander is 4-0 with a 2.66 ERA in those games. He held Pittsburgh to two runs and five hits in seven innings of a 4-2 victory on Thursday - his seventh straight quality start and second straight victory.

“I just try to execute my game plan, and that’s my biggest thing,” Davis told the Diamondbacks’ official Web site. “I know how to get them out, it’s just a matter of me being able to execute my pitches and put the ball where I want to put it.”

Davis, who is 1-1 with a 4.07 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins, will try to help Arizona avoid its first three-game losing streak since July 15-17.

After losing their series finale against Washington on Sunday, the Diamondbacks suffered a 14-5 defeat in Tuesday’s series opener - their 11th loss in 14 games in Miami since the beginning of the 2003 season.

The back-to-back losses allowed second-place San Diego to pull within two games of the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

The Marlins (56-63), meanwhile, have won three straight at home, where they haven’t won more than three in a row since a nine-game run Aug. 20-Sept. 4, 2006. Overall, they’ve won four of five.

On Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th home run and had three RBIs as Florida matched its season-high run total to snap Dontrelle Willis’ 13-start winless streak. Cabrera is a .350 hitter with nine homers and 28 RBIs in 27 career games against Arizona.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had three hits to extend his hitting streak to a career high-tying 11 games. He’s batting .380 (19-for-50) during his run to raise his season average to an NL-best .343.

“Everybody swung the bats well,” manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Marlins’ official Web site.

Florida will try to win its fourth straight game with Sergio Mitre (5-5, 3.64) on the mound. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.30 ERA in his last three starts, and didn’t get a decision after allowing two runs in six innings of a 4-2 victory at Philadelphia on Thursday.

The Marlins last lost a game started by Mitre when he was tagged for seven runs in three innings of a 9-3 defeat at Arizona on July 24. Mitre is 0-3 with a 13.17 ERA in four career games, including three starts, against the Diamondbacks.

Florida first baseman Mike Jacobs, who hit his ninth home run on Tuesday, is 3-for-5 with two homers in his career against Davis.

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D. Davis KC vs. S. Mitre NYY
13-12 Record 5-8
4.25 ERA 4.65
144 K 80
95 BB 41
1.59 WHIP 1.48


Wednesday, Aug 15