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D-backs run wild, including steal of home

Arizona racks up seven stolen bases -- three by Pollock, who scores on botched rundown
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MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock stole a career-high three bases in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Marlins, highlighted by a swipe of home. It was part of a banner night for D-backs baserunners, who collected seven steals to match a franchise record.

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MIAMI -- A.J. Pollock stole a career-high three bases in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Marlins, highlighted by a swipe of home. It was part of a banner night for D-backs baserunners, who collected seven steals to match a franchise record.

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In a first-and-third situation in the fifth inning, Marlins righty David Phelps attempted a pickoff move to first. As David Peralta broke for second, first baseman Michael Morse threw to Dee Gordon hoping to catch Peralta in a rundown. When Gordon saw Pollock racing home, he threw there rather than tag Peralta for the second out. Pollock easily scored to give the D-backs a 4-0 lead at the time.

It marked the seventh steal of home in D-backs history. The last time it happened was on Aug. 8, 2014, when Peralta took home against the Rockies.

A scoring change -- rule 10.07(c) -- credited Peralta with a stolen base on the play, giving Arizona seven steals to tie a club record also reached on May 19, 2000, in New York against the Mets.

Following the game, D-backs manager Chip Hale said it was a mistake and not a planned play. Pollock didn't know it was scored a stolen base until he was told in the clubhouse.

"I saw Dave kind of getting in the middle there, saw the throw and went," Pollock said. "It's a good chance, good try right there. I wanted to get the best jump I could. I knew no matter what they would have to make a good throw. It was definitely worth getting out there and cheating a little bit. Morse had the ball. It worked out."

Video: ARI@MIA: D-backs steal six, Pollock swipes three

Arizona showed aggression on the basepaths early and often. In the second, the D-backs stole a pair of bases off Phelps' inattentiveness. Both runners would come around to score. Tuffy Gosewisch stole second in the sixth, and Pollock stole both second and third in the seventh to become the first D-backs player to steal all three bases in a game.

Video: ARI@MIA: Pollock steals three, scores four in 6-1 win

"We look at stuff," Hale said. "[First-base coach] Dave McKay's really good about identifying something we could possibly exploit. The guys just got good jumps, stealing third, especially. Those are just good jumps. Guessing if they're going to throw a breaking ball or changeup. They got the right pitch to jump on. We did a good job with that, we put the pressure on them, and I thought our guys just kept playing nine innings, which is our mantra."

The D-backs entered the ballgame fourth in the National League with 29 stolen bases.

"If it's there, we'll take it," said Pollock, who has nine steals this season. "It's even more when we're not forcing the issue. Couple guys can get out there. We really could be forcing something that's not there. We do a good job; if they give us something, we'll take it. If not, then we'll hold off."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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