Some late-game heroics helped the Arizona Diamondbacks put an end to a losing streak.
The Diamondbacks (38-33) won 3-2 Tuesday on Paul Goldschmidt 's walkoff home run, ending a season-high tying four-game slide as well as the Marlins' three-game win streak. Goldschmidt's homer was his 17th of the season and the second game-ending home run of his career.
Goldschmidt had been 2 for 13 during the skid, though he homered in Monday's 3-2 defeat to Miami (22-48). Arizona, which hasn't won back-to-back games since June 4 and 5, also played error-free baseball Tuesday after committing one in each of the last four contests.
"Any time it's a walkoff, whether it's you or one of the other guys, it's fun," Goldschmidt said.
Martin Prado also drove in two with a fourth-inning homer for the Diamondbacks, who'll be getting their first look at Fernandez (4-3, 3.11 ERA).
The right-hander's ERA ranks third among rookie starters, and he's also second in strikeouts (77) and opponents' batting average (.210).
"He's so polished for a young pitcher," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It's amazing how good his secondary pitches are."
The 20-year-old Cuban defector has been dominant through his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 20 innings. He limited St. Louis to three runs through seven innings while striking out 10 - the first pitcher younger than 21 with double-digit strikeouts since Felix Hernandez did it in 2007 - in Friday's 5-4 win.
Still, Fernandez doesn't seem to quite grasp how good he has been, finding himself star-struck at times.
"One of the special moments in the game: The first time I went up to hit, Yadier Molina was catching," he said. "I look up to that guy. When they won the World Series, I saw him catch and I said, 'Man, I wish one day I could shake his hand.'"
Fernandez matches up with Trevor Cahill (3-8, 3.96), who is winless in his last five starts.
Cahill matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while allowing two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings in Friday's 2-1 loss at San Diego after yielding 13 runs over 8 2-3 innings in his previous two outings.
The Diamondbacks have supplied Cahill with one or zero runs of support in four of his last five outings.
"Right from the get-go he was pretty darn good," said bench coach Alan Trammel, who acted as Arizona's manager while Kirk Gibson served a one-game suspension. "You can't fault anyone for one inning or a few hitters. It goes back to the offense that scored one run."
Cahill is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts versus Miami. He matched a season best by throwing eight innings while holding the Marlins to one run and five hits in a 9-2 victory on May 17.
Arizona's Miguel Montero was 0 for 2 with a walk Tuesday after going 9 for 20 in his previous five games.
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Cody Ross can see clearly now, so he must have had a nice view as his decisive pinch-hit home run sailed into the left-field seats.
Ross' three-run shot in the eighth inning spoiled an outstanding outing by Miami's young Jose Fernandez , and the Arizona Diamondbacks held off the Marlins 3-1 on Wednesday to take two of three in the series.
Fernandez (4-4) retired 14 in a row before walking two of the three batters he faced in the eighth. He was relieved by left-hander Mike Dunn , who gave up the home run to Ross on a 1-2 pitch.
"I was just trying to create something," Ross said. "It hasn't been too often this year that I've contributed, so it feels nice. `'
Ross says he has been bothered by blurred vision all season with problems with his contact lenses drying out, but a three-hour trip to the eye doctor on Wednesday finally found the right combination of lenses and eye drops.
"Honestly I was going up there with blurry vision half the time at the plate," Ross said. "It's hard enough to hit in this league when you've got good vision, as opposed to going up with blurry vision. But it's just one of those things where you don't want to make excuses, but it's a true story. It was tough."
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after a line drive bruised his right hip in the first. Josh Collmenter allowed one hit in six innings of relief, the latest in a series of his effective long-inning relief outings.
"It's kind of unbelievable what he can do," Cahill said, "pitch like a starter in a moment's notice. That's why he's invaluable."
Cahill said he thought he could have stayed in and pushed through the injury but the decision was made to play it safe.
Justin Ruggiano homered off Heath Bell to start the ninth.
Bell flirted with bigger trouble before recording his 13th save in 15 tries.
After Ruggiano's homer, Ed Lucas singled to bring up Giancarlo Stanton , whose home run off Bell on Friday gave Miami a 3-2 victory. Stanton walked on five pitches to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Bell got Marcell Ozuna on a flyout, catcher Miguel Montero made a nice sliding catch of Derek Dietrich 's foul to the screen and pinch-hitter Logan Morrison struck out to give Arizona two of three against Miami.
David Hernandez (4-4) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the victory.
Fernandez, the 20-year-old Cuban refugee and a first-round draft pick in 2011, was charged with two runs on three hits with four strikeouts and those two costly late walks in 7 1-3 innings.
"This kid's impressive. He's got really good stuff. I think he's got Cy Young stuff in the future," Montero said. "I see him as a Cy Young (winner) in the near future because he's got all his pitches. He's that good."
Dunn said Fernandez deserved a better outcome.
"The team went out there and battled all game today," Dunn said. "Fernandez pitched his butt off, did a great job and on one pitch it's like throw the whole outing away that he just had."
Collmenter, who throws with an unorthodox overhand style, struck out seven and walked one and Miami manager Mike Redmond wondered why the Marlins couldn't hit him.
"It looked to me like he was throwing some pretty good pitches to hit," Redmond said. "He did throw a few change ups. That's his pitch, but I was surprised he shut us down that many innings."
Collmenter retired 13 in a row, striking out the side in the fourth, before Stanton singled to start the seventh. Stanton was stranded when Ozuna struck out, Dietrich popped out and Adieny Hechavarria flied out.
After Collmenter's infield single to lead off the third, Fernandez didn't allow another runner until Jason Kubel drew a leadoff walk on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth. A.J. Pollock popped to the catcher on a foul trying to advance the runner with a bunt, then Didi Gregorius walked to put runners at first and second with one out.
That ended Fernandez's outing and the young pitcher wasn't too happy with that final ball four call.
"The last pitch was a little close," he said, "but I'm not an umpire, I'm a pitcher. If that was a ball then I've got to agree with it and that's how it goes. It could go both ways but it's not my call and there's nothing I can do about it."
Initially, left-handed batter Alex Hinske was announced as the pinch-hitter. But when the left-handed Dunn came on, manager Kirk Gibson switched to Ross, who is hitting .387 against lefties, blurry vision or no blurry vision.
Cahill, who had lost his previous three starts, took a lined shot off his right hip off the bat of Ozuna. The ball careened off Cahill to third baseman Martin Prado , who threw the runner out to end the inning. Cahill came out for the second inning and had a 2-1 count on Dietrich when the trainer came out and, after some discussion, the pitcher left the game.
Only one baserunner got as far as second through the first seven innings. That came in the first against Cahill, when Ruggiano advanced from first on a groundout.
NOTES: Arizona's Gerardo Parra was thrown out trying to steal second in the third inning. That leaves him 6 of 15 on stolen base attempts. ... Miami moves on to San Francisco, opening a four-game series with the Giants on Thursday night. RHP Tom Kohler (0-5, 5.09 ERA) goes for the Marlins, RHP Chad Gaudin (2-1, 2.83) for San Francisco. ... The Diamondbacks are off Thursday, then conclude a six-game homestand with three against Cincinnati. LHP Wade Miley (4-6, 4.64) starts Friday's opener for Arizona, with RHP Johnny Cueto (4-0, 2.08) going for the Reds.