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Straily settles in, bats bust out for 3rd straight W

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MIAMI -- In his last start, Dan Straily was ejected in the second inning for throwing at Buster Posey after warnings were issued. The veteran right-hander made up for his lost time by giving the Marlins a quality start, and then some, in Monday's 9-5 win over the D-backs at Marlins Park.

Straily worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out six. He recovered from a slow start and exited after retiring Jeff Mathis on a ground ball to third base for the first out of the seventh inning.

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MIAMI -- In his last start, Dan Straily was ejected in the second inning for throwing at Buster Posey after warnings were issued. The veteran right-hander made up for his lost time by giving the Marlins a quality start, and then some, in Monday's 9-5 win over the D-backs at Marlins Park.

Straily worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out six. He recovered from a slow start and exited after retiring Jeff Mathis on a ground ball to third base for the first out of the seventh inning.

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"Frustrating start to the game," Straily said. "I was talking the other day about trying to get back to who I am as a pitcher. The game didn't start off where I feel like I needed to be. I just really tried to focus in on location. I was able to actually get the results I was looking for."

Video: ARI@MIA: Straily and Mattingly talk Marlins' win

Justin Bour belted a solo home run in the first inning and Brian Anderson hit the go-ahead two-run double off T.J. McFarland in a three-run fourth that chased Shelby Miller. Cameron Maybin knocked a two-run single in a four-run eighth to break the game wide open. The Marlins have won three straight, taking the first of four against the D-backs.

Straily also helped his cause with a double, a walk and two runs scored.

Video: ARI@MIA: Maybin plates 2 with 8th-inning single

Straily made the start after filing an appeal on his five-game suspension, which was handed down by MLB last Thursday. Last Tuesday at the Giants, Straily and Marlins manager Don Mattingly were each ejected after Posey was hit by a pitch.

On Monday night, Straily fell into an early hole, permitting three runs in the first two innings and handing Miller a 3-1 lead.

"He recovered from those first few innings," Mattingly said. "It looked like it could be one of those games that was a lot of pitches early. I thought a couple of things that happened were big for us. I thought JB's home run got us back in it."

The Marlins chipped away with a run in the third on Straily's double and Starlin Castro's two-out RBI single. In the fourth inning, the Marlins scored three runs and chased Miller after Derek Dietrich's RBI single.

"I think we've been grinding it out the last two weeks," Castro said. "We're not giving any at-bats away. We just continue fighting, no matter what it is, no matter what inning it is. I think the whole thing is about having the same approach."

Video: ARI@MIA: Castro slaps an RBI single to center

Each team exchanged two-out, first-inning solo homers. Jake Lamb went deep to right field, but Bour responded with his team-leading 13th homer of the season. Per Statcast™, the drive to right-center projected at 418 feet, with an exit speed of 104.3 mph.

"After the second inning, Anderson and Castro came up to me at different points and said, 'If you keep it there, we're going to win this game,'" Straily said. "They ended up being right. That was their vote of confidence to me, like, 'We've got this. Just keep them right there, and we'll come back. We'll start hitting.'"

Video: ARI@MIA: Bour connects for solo smash in the 1st

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
After falling behind, 3-1, in the second inning, the Marlins' offense picked it up. The club's first five runs were scored on two-out hits: Bour's homer in the first pulled the club even at 1. Castro produced an RBI single in the third, and Dietrich and Anderson delivered RBI hits in the fourth, putting Miami ahead to stay.

"I see a lot of positive things," Castro said. "Everybody comes here to compete and try to do their job. It's fun to watch. We've been together. We're just competing."

Video: ARI@MIA: Dietrich laces single to right in the 3rd

SOUND SMART
Anderson has reached base successfully in 22 straight games, extending his career best.

Video: ARI@MIA: Anderson plates a pair with double to right

HE SAID IT
"I hit the ball and I start running, and I didn't really know where the ball was, again, like the last time I hit a double. I started running and I was glad it was fair somewhere. It's good for how hard we work at hitting as starting pitchers, to get rewarded with a hit. I also scored two runs in a game. I don't think I've done that yet. So I can cross that one off. It was a good night up there for me." -- Straily, on his double, walk and two runs

Video: ARI@MIA: Straily walks to keep the inning alive

UP NEXT
With Jose Urena on the disabled list, rookie Elieser Hernandez gets the spot start at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday against the D-backs. Hernandez will make his fifth start, but first since June 1. He gave up five runs in three innings that day in Arizona. The D-backs counter with Zack Godley.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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