Diamondbacks-Marlins Preview

The Associated Press

Based on the way the Arizona Diamondbacks have played in Miami of late, it would appear they have a strong chance to continue their overall road success this season.

The Diamondbacks look for a season-high fourth consecutive victory away from home Friday night against the Marlins, who hope to avoid a sixth straight defeat.

With an 11-7 mark away from home, Arizona (23-18) has been among the top road teams in the majors. On the heels of a 4-3 homestand, the Diamondbacks open a six-game trip looking to win for seventh time in eight road contests against Miami (11-30).

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 6 for 11 with four doubles as Arizona won the final two of a three-game home set with Atlanta this week. Goldschmidt is batting .272 with three homers and nine RBIs in 23 home games, but .385 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 18 road contests.

Rookie shortstop Didi Gregorius has hit .400 (16 for 40) in 10 road games.

Arizona was 5 for 56 in its previous eight games with runners in scoring position, but went 5 for 8 in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Braves.

"We hope it gets much better,'' manager Kirk Gibson said. "I saw better approaches as well.''

The Diamondbacks hand the ball to Trevor Cahill (2-4, 2.70 ERA), who is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up a run, three hits and walked four in five innings of a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Arizona has scored more than three runs once in Cahill's eight starts this season, but the right-hander's main concern appears to be the inconsistency of his trademark sinker.

"I don't know if it's a mechanical thing or a mental thing,'' Cahill said. "Some games I can throw it consistently and some games I can't.''

He is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two starts against the Marlins, who have been outscored 42-15 while losing eight of nine.

Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria had half of Miami's six hits, including his major league-leading fifth triple, and scored the tying run in the ninth Thursday, but the Marlins allowed three in the 10th inning of a 5-3 home loss to Cincinnati.

"We showed a lot of fight,'' left fielder Juan Pierre said. "I know it's tough, it looks ugly, but it's the type of stuff that makes you stronger.''

While his team ranks last in the majors in runs (113) and average (.223), Hechavarria is 7 for 18 in five games to raise his average from .169 to .211.

Scheduled Miami starter Kevin Slowey (1-3, 2.55) looks to bounce back from his worst outing of the season Saturday when he allowed five runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 7-1 loss at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander had yielded more than one run twice in his previous seven starts.

"Slowey has been great," manager Mike Redmond told the Marlins' official website. "(Saturday), you could tell he was battling from the start. But he went out there and continued to compete and tried to keep us in the game.

"That's what he's done. He's done a great job for us."

Slowey is making his first start against the Diamondbacks, but he allowed two runs and three hits in 2-3 innings of relief against them while with Minnesota in 2011.

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