The Arizona Diamondbacks are scuffling at the plate, and it's becoming a serious issue with runners in scoring position.
The Diamondbacks will try to stop the surging Stanton in an attempt to avoid their longest losing streak of the year Tuesday night.
Arizona (37-33) is batting .188 with eight runs during a season high-tying four-game skid after hitting .294 over the previous 18 contests.
The Diamondbacks are having major issues with runners in scoring position, going 4 for 26 (.154) over the last four games. That was vital Monday, when they went 1 for 12 and stranded nine runners while squandering a two-run lead in a 3-2 loss to Miami (22-47).
"More of the same," manager Kirk Gibson said.
That could also apply to Stanton, who is 11 for 28 (.393) with three doubles, four homers and 10 RBIs in seven games since returning from a strained right hamstring that sidelined him since April 29.
The Marlins slugger turned in his best performance yet in the opener of this three-game series Monday, tying the game with a two-run homer off Patrick Corbin before connecting for a solo shot in the ninth off Heath Bell .
Stanton is a .349 hitter with five doubles, six homers and 13 RBIs in 12 visits to Chase Field.
"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."
That will be Randall Delgado 's job, as he tries to make a case for a spot in the back end of the Diamondbacks' rotation.
The right-hander failed to do that out of spring training, compiling a 7.45 ERA in six games, and didn't do himself any favors in his only appearance for Arizona this season. In a 7-1 loss at St. Louis on June 3, he was tagged for two runs and four hits - one homer - in two innings of relief.
Since then, Delgado has allowed three runs with 12 strikeouts in 12 2-3 innings in two starts for Triple-A Reno.
"Delgado was up here and got his feet wet this year, went back down worked on some things, threw a good game, (had) better command and he's the guy," Gibson told the team's official website.
Gibson may have been swayed by Delgado's 2-0 record and 1.10 ERA in three starts versus Miami, which has won six of nine.
The Marlins are giving Nathan Eovaldi his season debut after his recovery from shoulder inflammation, which landed him on the disabled list in March.
The right-hander went 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in five starts during a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
"We were really taking it slow, making sure everything felt good," Eovaldi told the team's official website. "After each bullpen and each game, I haven't had any soreness or any type of fatigue. I've been feeling great."
He's 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA in five games versus the Diamondbacks, but he's won both of his starts against them - both on the road - while yielding three runs in 11 innings.
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||15-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|May 06, 2013||Donovan Solano||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal muscle|
|June 10, 2013||Matt Reynolds||15-Day DL||Strained left elbow|
|May 31, 2013||Brandon McCarthy||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|May 31, 2013||Eric Chavez||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|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) -- Paul Goldschmidt had a pretty good idea that he'd just won the game for the Arizona Diamondbacks .
Goldschmidt hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Miami Marlins 3-2 Tuesday night.
"I had a good feeling it was going out," Goldschmidt said. "If not, it wasn't going to be a triple. I wasn't running that hard. I'm glad it got out of here."
Goldschmidt's home run bounced high off the batter's backdrop in deep center field. His 17th homer of the season was his second in as many nights, and the second game-ending home run of his career.
"I just said to Penny (infielder Cliff Pennington ), `Let's have another Goldy party,' and then he hit it," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "You always think that way."
Martin Prado also homered for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.
David Hernandez (3-4) threw a perfect top of the ninth for the win. Chad Qualls (2-1) lost for the first time in 27 appearances, with Goldschmidt connecting on his second pitch.
"Any time it's a walkoff, whether it's you or one of the other guys, it's fun," Goldschmidt said.
Nathan Eovaldi , activated from the disabled list and making his first start since Sept. 30, scattered three hits over six innings for the Marlins, who had won two in a row.
"It felt good getting back on the mound," Eovaldi said. "This is the best my fastball has felt, locating it and everything. With my offspeed, it's still a little timing issue and I'm rushing it a little bit."
Miami has won three straight only twice this season.
"We really never got anything going and they got the big hit today," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
The Marlins took a 2-0 lead in the fourth against Randall Delgado . Derek Dietrich hit an RBI triple and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria 's single.
Eovaldi, who had missed the season's first two-plus months with inflammation in his right shoulder, walked Miguel Montero with two outs in the fourth and Prado followed with his first homer since April 29.
"I was just looking for a fastball and to put a good swing on it," Prado said. "He tried to come in and I knew I was ready for the fastball and it went out."
Delgado, recalled from Triple-A earlier Tuesday, gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out six in seven innings.
"When he came up and threw last time he wasn't as aggressive as he could be," Gibson said. "But you could see he shortened his motion and focused on locating the ball more. I think in spring training we were looking at a guy who was more of a thrower."
NOTES: Prado's home run was his first in 167 at-bats spanning 44 games. ... To make room for Eovaldi, the Marlins optioned LHP Edgar Olmos to Double-A Jacksonville. ... The Diamondbacks optioned RHP Charles Brewer to Triple-A Tucson to make room for Delgado. ... It was Delgado's 25th career start and first with Arizona. The right-hander came to the Diamondbacks in January in a trade that also brought Prado to Arizona for Justin Upton . ... Delgado had pitched once before for Arizona this season, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings after being recalled when RHP Brandon McCarthy was placed on the 15-day disabled list. ... McCarthy, on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation, threw on flat ground from 105 feet on Tuesday. ... Diamondbacks RHP Trevor Cahill will try to snap a three-game losing streak Wednesday afternoon when he faces RHP Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.