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.
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|April 30, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 29, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right hamstring|
|April 28, 2013||Joe Mahoney||15-Day DL||Hamstring strain|
|April 17, 2013||Adeiny Hechavarria||15-Day DL||Bruised left elbow|
MIAMI (AP) -- Paul Goldschmidt is one of the hottest hitters in baseball.
Goldschmidt homered twice, tied his career high with four hits and drove in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Miami Marlins 9-2 on Friday night.
"Watch the kid, watch the way he stays with his approach, he's dangerous," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first, a 428-foot drive to left on an 0-2 pitch, before Chavez homered to right on the very next pitch. He later fouled off six straight pitches in the third before hitting another two-run homer, a drive to left on the 13th pitch of the at-bat that made it 5-0.
"However many I fouled off, all of them were down and away, mostly really good pitches, and fortunately for me he made a mistake," Goldschmidt said.
It was the second career multihomer game for Goldschmidt, who also connected twice May 18 at the Los Angeles Dodgers . He is hitting .414 (29 for 70) with nine homers and 26 RBIs on the road, but .272 with three homers and nine RBIs at Chase Field.
"It's still early in the season so the stats are skewed one way or another so if you get hot for a week or something when you're on the road compared to home," Goldschmidt said. "You just try to go out there and play well. If it happens to be on the road, good. If it's at home, that's good, as well."
Goldschmidt doubled to lead off the seventh and singled in the ninth. He is hitting .440 (22 for 50) in his last 15 games with seven homers, six doubles, and 17 RBIs.
"He's got a lot of talent," said Martin Prado . "We are expecting a lot of things from him. Every time he goes to home plate, we're just waiting for something to happen."
Eric Chavez homered and also had four hits, and Gerardo Parra and Prado had three hits apiece for Arizona, which had 16 hits in all and won its third straight game.
"I just hope we can do this more often, it would sure help our pitching staff," Gibson said.
Trevor Cahill (3-4) won for the third time in four decisions following an 0-3 start, allowing one run, five hits and four walks in eight innings. He walked his first two batters in the third before retiring 13 in a row, 10 on groundballs.
"As the game went along I was able to find my arm slot and worked down in the zone," Cahill said.
Last-place Miami matched its season-high losing streak at six and at 11-31 equaled the 2006 Marlins for the worst 42-game start in franchise history, according to STATS.
"Unfortunately we got down and obviously with our offense were just not able to make up that much ground," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Kevin Slowey (1-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in three innings.
"It was the second time in a week that I haven't given my team a chance to win and that's disappointing," Slowey said.
Arizona led 7-0 before Rob Brantly had an RBI single for Miami. Greg Dobbs had three hits.
NOTES: Following the game, Marlins RHP Jon Rauch was designated for assignment and recalled LHP Duane Below from Triple-A New Orleans. ... Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (quadriceps) didn't play. "It's not great. It's kind of finicky," Gibson said. "Some days it's OK. Some days it's not." ... Miami OF Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring), who has been on the DL since April 30, has been doing some hitting in a batting cage and thinks he will be back before the All-Star break. . ... Arizona RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 5.63 ERA) faces Miami RHP Tom Koehler (0-1, 3.31 ERA) on Saturday.