The Florida Marlins still aren’t scoring many runs, but at least their lengthy losing streak is a thing of the past.
After snapping a six-game skid in dramatic fashion, the Marlins continue their four-game home set with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
With his team’s collective frustration mounting, Hanley Ramirez delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth Saturday night to give Miami (8-12) its first win since April 19, 3-2 over Arizona.
“It’s been tough,” said Ramirez, who was hitless in his previous 26 at-bats but came through after the Diamondbacks intentionally walked Jose Reyes to get to him. “I think we were trying too hard. We have to relax and enjoy the game.
“Sometimes you need a moment (like the ninth inning). Now we can have our confidence back.”
Reyes’ RBI single in the seventh snapped an 18-inning scoreless drought for the Marlins, who had totaled six runs during their six-game losing streak. Logan Morrison tied the game with a homer in the eighth and Giancarlo Stanton’s infield single started the ninth-inning rally.
“It was big for the players,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “It brought their emotion back. Games like that can get you going.”
Morrison hasn’t been a reason for Miami’s struggles, as he’s batting .381 (8 for 21) with two home runs in his last seven games.
The right-hander didn’t face the Diamondbacks last season, but is 3-1 against them while allowing three earned runs and striking out 28 over 27 innings.
Johnson has given up three runs and 10 hits over 13 2-3 innings in his last two starts, but his teammates have supported him with three total runs. He yielded one run and three hits while striking out nine in 6 2-3 innings of a 2-1 loss at New York on Tuesday.
The Marlins will get their first look at Wade Miley (2-0, 1.84 ERA), who makes his second straight start for Arizona in place of the injured Daniel Hudson. After making three appearances out of the bullpen, the left-hander allowed two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings of a 9-5 win over Philadelphia on Monday.
“I’m hoping Huddy gets healthy, (but) I’ll do what I can until then,” Miley told the Diamondbacks’ official website. “It doesn’t matter what your role is as long as you can help the team.”
Miguel Montero and Gerardo Parra each drove in a run Saturday for Arizona (10-11), which mustered only three hits while losing for eighth time in 11 games. Montero is 6 for 16 (.375) in his last four games and has driven home four of the team’s seven runs in the first two games of this series.
Teammate Jason Kubel’s 10-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 night Saturday.