PHOENIX -- Center fielder Marcell Ozuna can count some legends from his native Dominican Republic among the group of players he grew up idolizing: Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Jose Guillen. One veteran baseball man this week likened Ozuna to Raul Mondesi.
Ozuna, 23, has been hitting like his icons recently. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the seventh inning of the Marlins' 4-3, 10-inning loss at Arizona on Wednesday afternoon -- the day after driving a 438-foot, game-winning home run into the camera well in the Chase Field batter's eye in the ninth inning of a 2-1 victory.
Growing up, he had a select group of outfielders that he patterned himself after.
"The only guys I followed were Vladimir Guerrero, Manny and Guillen," Ozuna said. "I loved those guys. The intensity they had. The way they made the play. The way they played the field."
Ozuna played with Guerrero and Ramirez in the Dominican winter league before the 2013 season, and something seems to have rubbed off.
He hit three home runs in 70 games with the Marlins before his 2013 rookie season was cut short by a season-ending torn left thumb ligament, but Ozuna has blossomed into a power hitter in his first full year. He is second on the Marlins with 15 homers and 51 RBIs, trailing only All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Ozuna, 6 feet 1 and 229 pounds, had a career-high 16-game hitting streak May 15-31 last season, the second-longest streak by a rookie in Marlins history (shortstop Edgar Renteria went 22 games in 1996).
Neither that streak nor his current one is anything to talk about these days, he said.
"I'm not feeling good right now, because it is not done yet," Ozuna said. "I want to keep it and let's see what happens in September.
STREAK: Lost one
NEXT: Friday -- Marlins (RHP Henderson Alvarez, 6-3, 2.27 ERA) at Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler, 4-8, 4.07 ERA)
--RHP Nathan Eovaldi has never lost to Arizona in four starts, but he was unable to get the victory Wednesday despite giving up only one run in seven-plus innings. Eovaldi gave up four hits, the biggest when RF Giancarlo Stanton gambled and lost on a ball in right-center field in the eighth inning that went for a triple by 2B Didi Gregorius. "It was a good effort," Eovaldi said. "Unfortunately it got by him and he got a triple out of it." Eovaldi threw 64 strikes in his 90 pitches, including first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 26 batters he faced. "I think that was the biggest key for me," said Eovaldi, who walked one and has walked more than one batter in only two of his last 10 starts.
--CF Marcell Ozuna extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the seventh inning Wednesday. He is hitting .368 with five doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs during the streak, with three multiple-hit games in his last four.
--3B Casey McGehee, one of the five players in the fans' final vote for the NL All-Star team, leads the NL with 112 hits after getting two singles Wednesday. The last player to lead his league in hits and not make the All-Star Game was Cincinnati 1B Hal Morris in 1994. Morris had 120 hits but was left off a squad that included 1B Jeff Bagwell, 1B Fred McGriff and 1B Gregg Jefferies.
--RF Giancarlo Stanton, historically a terror at Arizona's Chase Field, was 0-for-11 with five strikeouts in the three-game series that ended Wednesday. Stanton had six homers in his first 13 games at Chase. His only damage came with a sacrifice fly that gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning Wednesday, but even that was a win for Arizona RHP Josh Collmenter, who faced Stanton with one out and runners on the corners.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a tough one to swallow. That's definitely one you have to have after coming back. We have to lock that down." -- Manager Mike Redmond, after the Marlins took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th inning but gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
--2B Derek Dietrich (right wrist strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 2.
--RHP A.J. Ramos (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 27.
--2B Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 22. He began jogging lightly on July 8.
--RHP Carter Capps (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 4. He got a second opinion June 4 on his ailing elbow from Dr. James Andrews, who agreed with team doctors that Capps doesn't need surgery but will need at least four weeks of rest.
--RHP Jose Fernandez (right ulnar collateral ligament tear in elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16. He had the cast and stitches removed May 27. He could begin throwing in mid-September. The timetable for his recovery is 12-18 months.
RHP Nathan Eovaldi
RHP Henderson Alvarez
RHP Tom Koehler
LHP Brad Hand
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP Bryan Morris
RHP Chris Hatcher
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Kevin Gregg
LHP Dan Jennings
RHP Sam Dyson
1B Garrett Jones
2B Donovan Solano
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Casey McGehee
INF Jeff Baker
INF Ed Lucas
INF Justin Bour
LF Christian Yelich
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Reed Johnson
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