Miami, Florida – Miguel Rojas and Adam Duvall swung for the fences providing the needed offensive sparks to help the Marlins sweep the Diamondbacks. Pablo López squared off against Madison Bumgarner in what became an entertaining pitchers’ duel. It certainly wasn’t López’s best night but the righty pitched his way out of three jams giving up just one unearned run. Despite the no-decision, he fanned six in five innings of work. Dylan Floro ended up with the W as the Marlins won 3-1. Yimi García recorded his fifth save of the year.

It was Duvall’s sixth homer of 2021, his only hit of the game.

Early Struggles

López pitched around a single, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk to strand two runners at the corners in the first. The defense backed him up with a 4-6-3 double play. That same inning, Miguel Rojas hit his first home run of the season on a 2-1 count, taking Bumgarner deep to left.

Arizona responded in the second frame. López dispatched the first two batters but an error by Rojas extended the inning. Bumgarner got beaned which culminated in an RBI double by Pavin Smith to tie it.
López’s quality stuff was somewhat absent but he appeared locked in by the fourth inning going 1,2, 3 on the Diamondbacks. Pache found himself in another jam the following frame. The defense committed its second error of the game, this time by Jon Berti leading to once again runners at the corners. Fortunately for the Marlins, the righty struck out Carson Kelly to escape unscathed.

Flashing Glove and Lumber

Miami had a chance to break the deadlock in the sixth. Garrett Cooper was at the plate with two on and two gone but grounded into a force out at second. Arizona almost took the lead in the seventh. Asdrúbal Cabrera went deep to center field only to get robbed at the wall by Magneuris Sierra. On a night where the defense has been suspect at times, Sierra’s glove was a lovely sight.

Riding on the momentum, the Marlins finally had their big inning. After the seventh-inning stretch, Duvall hit the round-tripper. J.B. Bukauskas couldn’t keep it in the park as the veteran got a hold of his slider and lifted it over the fence in left-center field. The Fish tacked on an insurance run via a sacrifice fly from Chad Wallach scoring Brian Anderson. Miami improves to 14-16 riding a three-game winning streak. They will now host the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend.

Game Notes

Pablo López: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 6 K
Miguel Rojas: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
Jesús Aguilar, Garret Cooper, Lewis Brinson, Chad Wallach and Jon Berti went hitless
Team LOB – Diamondbacks: 10, Marlins: 2
Arizona went 1-for-8 with RISP
Diamondbacks scored one run on five hits with no errors
Marlins scored three runs on five hits committing two errors
Photo Credit | JC Ruiz
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