PHOENIX (AP) – Robbie Ray threw 5 2/3 innings no-hit ball, Jake Lamb hit a crucial three-run double and the Arizona Diamondbacks got a 7-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday-evening.
Arizona, sticking to slender postseason hopes, lagged 5½ games from the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wildcard with 11 to play and would also have to leapfrog Milwaukee, Philadelphia and the New York Mets.
On 52-98, the NL-worst Marlins matched their total loss last year and seem to be heading for their first 100-defeat season since 2013.
Ray stopped his no-hit bid in the sixth when Starlin Castro sent the 86th pitch from the left hand to the center for a single. Arizona then led 3-0.
Ray was replaced in the seventh by walking the lead-off hitter and Yoan López allowed a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Neil Walker.
López then singled and walked before being relieved by left-handed Andrew Chafin, who faced left-handed Magneuris Sierra. Fast Sierra threw a perfect bunt to third base and Chafin – who would not get Sierra out – threw the first error that Lewis Brinson scored with the tying run.
Jon Berti hit a two-run single off righthander Yoshihisa Hirano, the fourth pitcher of the inning, to push the Marlins forward 5-3.
Then it was Marlins' turn to get a pitching break.
Arizona sent eight batters to the plate in the seventh, interrupted by Lamb & # 39; s double double along the rightfield line. Lamb started hitting only .199, but the 28-year-old had a big moment just when the Diamondbacks needed it.
Ketel Marte hit an RBI-double and Eduardo Escobar hit a solo homer for his 35th of the season.
Hirano (5-5) threw a scoreless inning and Kevin Ginkel got three straight outs for his first big league-save. Tayron Guerrero (1-2) gave up three runs, two hits and walked without getting outs.
Arizona set a team record when Wilmer Flores, Josh Rojas and Jake Lamb were hit by pitches in the same inning by Pablo López. Flores was hit on the shoulder, while Rojas and Lamb were both hit on one foot by breaking balls. Lamb was hit with the bases loaded and scored Flores for a 1-0 lead.
Marlins: Miami claimed LHP Josh Smith to abandon distance from Cleveland and threw a scoreless eighth inning. The 29-year old this season threw eight games in relief for the Indians and struckout 12 over 8 1/3 innings.
Diamondbacks: Ray threw well after fighting a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand during the last two starts. He lasted only two-thirds of an inning against the Mets on September 11 and gave up five runs. … SS Nick Ahmed left the game in the eighth inning with what appeared to be a hand injury.
Marlins: Miami sends LHP Caleb Smith to the hill. He has an 8-10 record with a 4.13 ERA.
Diamondbacks: Arizona LHP Alex Young makes his 14th start. He is 7-4 with an ERA of 3.38 and set a club rookie record by 12 strikeouts against the Reds on September 7.