Miley will try to keep the Miami bats quiet and lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to their fifth straight win in the finale of a three-game series at Marlins Park on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks (25-18) moved into sole possession of first place in the NL West on Saturday after Brandon McCarthy pitched a three-hitter to beat the Marlins 1-0, Arizona's ninth win in 12 games."He just got on a roll and we left him in there," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He did it quickly, that was the best sign of all."
Arizona starters have keyed the team's success during the past 12 contests, posting a 2.32 ERA and pitching at least seven innings seven times.
Miley (3-2, 3.75 ERA) contributed one of those strong starts, but his next outing didn't go well. The left-hander allowed a season-high seven runs over five innings of a 10-1 loss to Atlanta on Monday."He didn't make the pitches he needed to make," manager Kirk Gibson said.
Miley, though, may be able to bounce back Sunday. He's given up one run and five hits over 14 1-3 innings while winning his two career starts against the Marlins.
Miley faces a Miami team that ranks last in the major leagues with a .221 batting average and 2.67 runs per game. The NL-worst Marlins (11-32), losers of seven straight, are hitting .188 with five extra-base hits in their last five games against left-handers.
Miami has totaled three runs for Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 4.39) in his past three starts, though the right-hander allowed 10 runs over 11 innings in two of them. He lost all three games.
Nolasco gave up a season-high six runs in five innings of a 6-2 defeat to Cincinnati on Tuesday."It kind of stems from our offense, with him going out there he knows he can't give up much," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's trying to be perfect."
Nolasco has gone 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA in eight career starts against the Diamondbacks, but he's allowed 14 runs - 10 earned - and 14 hits over eight innings in the last two.
Arizona's Gerardo Parra , who hit a leadoff homer to account for the only run Saturday, is 13 for 28 during a seven-game hitting streak. Teammate Paul Goldschmidt has gone 11 for 20 with three homers and five doubles over his last five games.
Miami hasn't lost eight in a row since an 11-game skid June 11-20, 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) -- Ricky Nolasco followed his worst outing of the season with his best.
It resulted in a rare win for the Miami Marlins .
Nolasco struck out 11 and the Marlins stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak, holding off the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday.
"We've been playing close games, but it doesn't matter if you lose 10-0 or 2-1, you don't want to lose so it was good to snap that and try to get on a roll here," Nolasco said.
The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn , the Marlins' third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it.
"Bend, but don't break, that's all that matters," Nolasco said.
Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth.
Didi Gregorius had three hits for Arizona, which had won four in a row.
"Early in the game we had a few chances, but we couldn't get the big hit when we needed it and (Nolasco) got stronger," Gregorius said.
Nolasco (3-5) was coming off an outing in which he allowed six runs in five innings in a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday.
"Ricky was great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Coming off a shaky last start, but that's Ricky. Ricky's been solid all year and I really wanted him to finish that game. He looked good and was in complete control."
But the Marlins' all-time wins leader bounced back with his best, earning his 79th career victory. He gave up one run and five hits in eight-plus innings.
"I felt good, good command of all my pitches," Nolasco said. "The curve ball was really good so that really helped a lot. I was able to spin it pretty much whenever I wanted to."
After hitting Cody Ross with a pitch in the fourth, Nolasco retired the next 14 batters, striking out the side in the fifth and again in the eighth.
Gregorius led off the ninth with a double, finishing Nolasco's day after 110 pitches, 74 for strikes.
Closer Steve Cishek relieved got Paul Goldschmidt to ground out as second baseman Derek Dietrich made a backhanded play up the middle. Jason Kubel hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1.
"That was a huge play in the hole," Redmond said.
After Eric Chavez followed with a pinch-hit single and Martin Prado walked, Dunn came in and walked Miguel Montero to load the bases. Dunn retired Pollock for his second career save.
"We had a good finish and I thought we were in good shape with A.J. (Pollock) there," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "It just didn't work out."
Wade Miley (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out six. He is 2-1 with a 0.89 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins.
"I felt good out there," Miley said. "I was making pitches and throwing strikes. Just a couple of bad pitches cost you late in the game, especially in a game like that where it's 0-0. You've got to do better job."
With the game scoreless until the sixth, Adeiny Hechavarria and Dietrich singled and Ozuna hit a double off the left-center field wall near the 386-foot sign. It snapped a scoreless inning streak for the Marlins at 14 after Brandon McCarthy tossed a three-hit shutout on Saturday in a 1-0 win.
"I thought it was a home run, but it's OK, a double, I'll take it," Ozuna said.
Ozuna, a 22-year-old rookie outfielder, is hitting .295 since being called up on April 30.
After getting nine runs on 16 hits in a series-opening 9-2 win on Friday, Arizona scored just two runs on 10 hits in the final two games.
"We got beat around a little bit, but we were able to pitch some really nice games the last couple of days," Redmond said.
NOTES: Arizona pulled off a rare 2-1 putout in eighth when Hechavarria popped up a bunt that bounced off catcher Montero's glove and then corralled by pitcher Josh Collmenter after he bobbled it with his barehand. ... Nolasco's career high for strikeouts in a game is 16 at Atlanta on Sept. 30, 2009. ... Arizona continues its road trip at Colorado on Monday as LHP Patrick Corbin (6-1, 1.52 ERA) faces RHP Jon Garland (3-4, 4.89 ERA). Miami will start RHP Alex Sanabia (2-6, 5.00 ERA) at home against Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels (1-6, 4.61 ERA).