After so many frustrating games and close chances, the clutch hits were finally there. The five-game losing streak is over.
The D-Backs' bats broke out in a big way Thursday night with a 10-4 win over the Florida Marlins.
After scoring just 13 runs in the past five games, the Snakes broke out of their funk and almost matched that total while compiling 15 hits.
Only 16,664 fans were there to witness it though, which is the lowest total in franchise history.
Surprisingly, the D-Backs offense came alive without any home runs. Six players had an RBI.
Two big innings propelled the Snakes offensive onslaught as contributions came from all throughout the lineup. After Gerardo Parra (who was 4-5 on the night) walked and Chris Snyder singled to start the fourth inning, Cole Gillespie doubled to left with no outs to score both runners. Then an error by Florida pitcher Anibal Sanchez put Gillespie on third and Stephen Drew on first.
Kelly Johnson (who also had four hits and three RBIs) smacked a two-run triple to right and suddenly the game was 5-1. Justin Upton then knocked in Johnson with a single to left field for a five-run lead.
"We came out swinging and strung together some big hits," Johnson says. "It's nice when you see hits score runs at the right time."
The Snakes added four more runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Adam LaRoche and a sac fly from Mark Reynolds. La Roche later scored on an RBI single by Chris Snyder while Parra came home on an error.
"When we got a couple of runs we were kind of a different team," said interim manager Kirk Gibson.
The runs were more than enough for Rodrigo Lopez who was strong in his outing against the Fish. Lopez pitched seven innings giving up four runs (three earned) while striking out three.
"He did a good job and kept his pitch count down," Gibson says. "That was key for us."
The Snakes jumped out of the shoot from the get-go, scoring in the first inning for an early lead. Drew led off with a drive to the gap and scampered to third for a triple. Johnson then recorded an RBI ground out to make it 1-0 D-Backs.
The Marlins evened the score in the third, however, on a sacrifice fly from Chris Coghlan in the top of the third inning.
Game two of the four game series is tonight at 6:40 p.m. Dan Haren (7-6, 4.38 ERA) takes the hill against Florida's Ricky Nolasco (8-6, 4.69 ERA).
TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR 620-AM. More info: dbacks.com.
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