Mark Reynolds Powers D-Backs to 4-3 Series-Clinching Victory Over Florida. Up Next: Oakland A's.

Rookie relief pitcher Clay Zavada got a shaving-cream pie in the face, courtesy of catcher Chris Snyder, after the Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 at Land Shark Stadium Thursday night.

Zavada -- who sports a big, dark moustache reminiscent of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata's -- had pitched brilliantly in his Major League debut, popping up one Marlin and striking out two others in the bottom of the seventh, his only inning of service.

It was enough to give him the win. One game in the Bigs, one win. Not bad!

In Wednesday's double-header against the Fish, Reynolds had hit two homers and stolen five bases, and the D-Backs won the nitecap 11-9 in 13 innings. Right fielder Upton, who went hitless Thursday night, smashed two homers in Wednesday's second game. Arizona lost the first game 8-6.

Showing that he can do more than slam a teammate in the face with a shaving-cream pie, Snyder slammed a homer into the left-field bleachers in the seventh. Marlins starting pitcher Andrew Miller was stunned as he watched the burly Snyder power the ball 420 feet. It was the first home run Miller had given up this season.

The game was come-from-behind all the way for Arizona; the score was 3-2 Marlins until Reynolds put the ball in the seats an inning later.   

Though he didn't get the win, D-Backs starter Max Scherzer pitched well. He struck out 10 and gave up six hits in six innings.

The 17-24 D-Backs hope winning the series against the 19-23 Marlins will give them momentum going into a three-game interleague series against the A's in Oakland today through Sunday.

Billy Buckner (0-0, 15.75 ERA) is slated to start for the Snakes in the first game and Trevor Cahill (2-3, 5.01) is listed for the Athletics. Dan Haren (3-4, 2.09) is expected to face his old team in Saturday's game against Oakland's Edgar Gonzalez (0-0, 0.00). On Sunday, Arizona's Jon Garland (4-2, 4.72) faces A's lefty Josh Outman (1-0, 3.31). (It will also be a homecoming for struggling Arizona left fielder Eric Byrnes, who may have seen his glory days in Oakland.)

The D-Backs will have their work cut out for them following a 3,000-plus-mile overnight flight from the tip of Florida to northern California. But so will the A's, who traveled from a frustrating 6-5 loss to the Rays in Tampa last night. If Oakland could've held on and won, it would've been their first victory in a road series since beating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in two of three at the beginning of the season. The A's reside in the cellar of the American League West with a 15-23 record. The team's slugging third baseman Eric Chavez is out for the season with a herniated disc.

Game time tonight from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum: 7:05. Saturday night: 6:05; Sunday afternoon: 1:05. TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-AM 620, KSUN-AM 1400.

The D-Backs return home to face National League West rivals the San Diego Padres Monday (Memorial Day) through Wednesday. The 19-22 Padres are third in the division, behind the Dodgers and the Giants and just ahead of the Snakes.


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