After getting the best of baseball's top team over the weekend, the major league-worst Miami Marlins visit the desert with momentum on their side.
Keeping things going, though, could prove difficult against the undefeated Patrick Corbin .
The Marlins open a three-game set against Corbin and the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks , who try to avoid a season worst-tying fourth consecutive defeat Monday night.
Although light-hitting Miami (21-47) ranks last in the majors in several offensive categories, manager Mike Redmond 's club proved plenty formidable at the plate in taking two of three from St. Louis. The Marlins, winners in five of eight, hit .308 and scored 19 runs over the weekend.
"We didn't see it. The team we saw is hitting the ball and making good pitches," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Regardless of what their record shows, they've got some talent, and they're going about things the right way right now."
"This is a big series win," said Pierre, batting .385 with 10 runs over a 12-game hitting streak. "To beat a team like that definitely gives you confidence."
Miami's improvement can partly be attributed to Giancarlo Stanton 's return from injury. The slugging right fielder has hit safely in all six games since missing six weeks due to a strained right hamstring, going 9 for 24 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs.
"When you have Giancarlo back in the lineup, that's a whole different team," Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter said. "Having him back is a big advantage."
Though things are starting to go their way, the Marlins could have their hands full against Corbin (9-0, 2.28 ERA). The 23-year-old lefty, who hasn't received a decision in his last two starts, again has a chance to become the first Diamondbacks pitcher to open 10-0. Arizona has won all 13 games when he takes the mound.
Among the NL leaders in wins and ERA, Corbin compiled a 1.44 mark over his first nine starts before posting a 4.44 ERA in his last four. He surrendered four runs and eight hits over a season-low five innings Wednesday in an 8-6, 12-inning road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers .
In his only appearance against the Marlins, Corbin allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings in a 9-5 road win April 30, 2012.
A solid performance from Corbin could go a long way for the Diamondbacks (37-32), who have dropped six of eight. Arizona hit .181 and was limited to six runs during a three-game sweep at San Diego, falling 4-1 in Sunday's finale. Paul Goldschmidt is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, and mired in a 4-for-39 slump.
"We got outplayed in every aspect of the game in this series," said manager Kirk Gibson , whose club lost four straight April 29-May 3. "We have to redeem ourselves."
Arizona will try to do just that against 22-year-old Jacob Turner (1-0, 1.80), who's set to make his fourth start since getting called up from Triple-A New Orleans. The right-hander allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings but didn't get a decision in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Milwaukee.
Miami has dropped the first game during each of its five road trips.
"Obviously, with a (seven)-game road trip, you want to start it off with a win," Turner told MLB's official website. "It's just a matter of me keeping the team in the game, and hopefully we can score a few runs and scratch out a win."
The Marlins have dropped 10 of 14 to Arizona, including two of three May 17-19.
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|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
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|May 30, 2013||Eric Chavez||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|May 26, 2013||Ian Kennedy||Day-to-Day||Cut on right index finger|
|May 08, 2013||J.J. Putz||15-Day DL||Strained right elbow|
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Miami Marlins managed three hits off the Arizona Diamondbacks . Two of them were booming home runs off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton .
That was the difference in the Marlins' 3-2 victory on Monday night, the Diamondbacks' fourth loss in a row.
Patrick Corbin , trying to become the first left-handed starter in 35 years to go 10-0, allowed two hits through eight innings but gave up a soaring, two-run homer to left by Stanton that tied the game at 2 in the sixth.
Stanton's line-drive home run to right off ex-Marlin Heath Bell (2-1) in the ninth put Miami ahead for the first time. It was the 100th homer of his career, and sixth in 43 at-bats at Chase Field.
"He took that thing over, didn't he?" Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Yeah, that was an impressive, impressive night for him."
Stanton, activated June 10 after six weeks on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, said both were good pitches.
"Just help the team win, man," Stanton said. "That's what I didn't do all April and obviously all May I wasn't playing."
Redmond said he expected an adjustment period for Stanton when he came off the DL.
"And there really wasn't," the manager said. "He came off the DL swinging the bat great. You could just see he was more confident. His swing was better, everything was better. He's been lights out ever since."
Bell pitched all of last season for Miami, and Stanton was asked if his familiarity with the reliever's pattern helped him in the at bat.
"Yeah," Stanton said, "for the most part."
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said it's time to reassess how to pitch to Stanton.
"The guy is swinging the bat good. We have to find a better way to get around him," Gibson said. "You can see how strong he is. He just barreled it."
Mike Dunn (2-1) threw a scoreless eighth inning to get the win.
Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 12 tries. Willie Bloomquist flied out to deep center to end the game.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in both Arizona runs with a homer and a single.
Corbin, with no decisions in his last three starts, was trying to become the first left-handed starter to begin the season 10-0 since Ron Guidry went 13-0 for the New York Yankees in 1978, according to STATS. Corbin struck out seven and walked one but the Diamondbacks lost for the first time in his 14 starts.
Gibson said Corbin deserved better.
"Patrick was great," Gibson said. "He pitched his heart out, two runs. We scored eight runs in four games. ... We should have had several runs tonight. We are in a bad spot at the plate right now. Guys are trying to do too much. `'
Arizona was 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
"More of the same," Gibson said.
Goldschmidt, hitless in his previous 12 at-bats and just 3 for 33, lined Jacob Turner 's 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence to put Arizona up 1-0 in the third, his 16th home run. The Diamondbacks made it 2-0 in the fifth when Gerardo Parra singled, stole second and scored when Goldschmidt singled sharply to center.
Goldschmidt leads the NL with 61 RBIs.
Corbin, meanwhile, was cruising through five. Only two Miami batters reached during that span, Stanton on third baseman Martin Prado 's two-out error in the first and a two-out walk to Marcell Ozuna in the fourth.
In the sixth, pinch-hitter Justin Ruggiano grounded out, but Juan Pierre 's opposite-field single to left ended the no-hit bid. Ed Lucas popped out but Stanton hit a high drive on Corbin's 2-0 pitch into the second deck above the Arizona bullpen in left and it was tied at 2.
The Diamondbacks, swept in three games at San Diego last weekend, opened a six-game homestand.
Turner allowed two runs and six hits in five innings.
NOTES: Diamondbacks RHP Ian Kennedy dropped his appeal and began serving a 10-game suspension for his role in last week's brawl with the Dodgers. ... Arizona RHP Randall Delgado , who came over from Atlanta in the Justin Upton trade, will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday night in the spot normally taken by RHP Brandon McCarthy . Miami RHP Nathan Eovaldi , out all season with right shoulder inflammation, will make his first start of the year. To make room for Eovaldi, the Marlins optioned Ozuna to Double-A Jacksonville. ... McCarthy, out with a shoulder injury, threw off a mound and could get a rehab start next. McCarthy says a seizure, related to the head injury he sustained from a line drive last September, will not affect his comeback.