Nine-Run Fourth Puts Miami Over Zona

By Nicholas Valenzuela

The Arizona Diamondbacks (62-60) weren’t able to contain the Miami Marlins offense (56-67), as the visitors used a 9-run offensive rally in the fourth inning to propel themselves to a 12-3 win on Monday evening.

Arizona got on the board first with a solo home run by Jason Kublel, to put the snakes up 1-0.

Miami would respond in a big way in the top of the fourth, by manufacturing nine runs off of ten hits. Carlos Lee got things started off in the fourth by reaching first on an infield single, scoring second baseman Donovan Solano, and tying the game up at 1-1. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would follow with a three-run blast to left field, plating Jose Reyes from second, Carlos Lee from first, and putting the Marlins on top 4-1. Center fielder Justin Ruggiano followed suit with a solo homer of his own to deep center field. Buck would later score on an RBI single by solano, and Reyes would follow with an RBI double to deep left field to plate Emilio Bonifacio and Donovan Solano.

Arizona would add a couple more runs later in the game off an RBI single by Chris Johnson and an RBI groundout by Jason Kubel, but that wouldn’t be enough to mount a comeback against Miami.

The Marlins collected 20 hits and 12 runs on the evening to cap off one of their best offensive performances of the season. Arizona starter Joe Saunders allowed nine earned runs off of 12 hits over 3.2 innings pitched. It certainly one of his best outings of the season.

The D-backs send Wade Miley to the mound in game two of the series against Miami.