PHOENIX -- It seems nothing is going right for the young Marlins, who dropped their season-high sixth consecutive game in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field.Miami began to lose control of a once winnable game in the seventh inning when center fielder Lewis Brinson misplayed a fly
PHOENIX -- It seems nothing is going right for the young Marlins, who dropped their season-high sixth consecutive game in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the D-backs at Chase Field.
Miami began to lose control of a once winnable game in the seventh inning when center fielder Lewis Brinson misplayed a fly ball for the second time in the contest. This one was ruled an error, and two runs scored because of it.
Instead of a two-run deficit (one run would have scored, even if the ball were caught), the Marlins trailed, 3-0.
"I thought I was at the wall when I wasn't," Brinson said of the play. "Just got to know your ballpark better. Anything that goes up that I can get under, I expect to catch. I'm not happy about those. Those are routine plays for me."
Before that, starter Dan Straily was rolling through four innings. Then he hit turbulence in the fifth, when he walked three batters.
"Three walks in an inning is just really unacceptable, is what it comes down to," Straily said.
The one that may sting most, Straily said, is when he walked the opposing pitcher who was trying to execute a sacrifice bunt.
"I've seen that a little bit with pitchers on pitchers," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It's like they know they've got to throw a strike, they should throw a strike, everybody knows they want to throw a strike. I guess it's a little tougher."
Even after all of that, only one run crossed the plate because Adam Conley induced a double play to escape a bases-loaded jam after replacing Straily.
The Marlins faced a one-run deficit, ideal compared to the series' first two games, where the D-backs piled on early.
Yet the offense couldn't take advantage. Miami stranded a runner on third in the second again Matt Koch, and left men on second and third in the eighth. The Marlins scored just four runs all series, and nine in their past five games.
Miami's only run on Sunday came on Justin Bour's ninth-inning RBI double. By then, it was far too late because Tayron Guerrero surrendered a solo homer, threw a wild pitch that allowed a run to score and gave up an RBI triple in the eighth inning. The D-backs had extended their lead to 6-0.
The Marlins are 20-39, the worst record in the National League, after dropping nine of 10 games.
They had chances to avoid a series sweep, but instead will head to St. Louis searching for anything to escape this rut.
"Just couldn't hold them off at the end there," Mattingly said.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Conley entered the game in the fifth with the Marlins trailing, 1-0, and the D-backs loading the bases for Jake Lamb. Arizona could have blown the game wide open, but Conley got Lamb to ground into a 5-2-3 double play to end the inning. It was a big moment not only for the Marlins, but also for Conley, who has been a starter for most of his career but is currently entering in relief as the bullpen's only lefty.
"The way baseball works is we're a family in here, and that's what it's all about is picking each other up," Straily said. "It's just really cool to see a guy like that -- that's come in and just really embraced his role and try to own it -- come in and have success.
"When he comes in and picks me up like that, it's kind of awesome."
HE SAID IT
"When he gets close to that wall, he gets really uncomfortable. I think that's an area to work on. That's just not something that happened today. That's something that's happened, for me, that I've seen early on in Spring Training. "-- Mattingly, on Brinson
The Marlins head to St. Louis, where they will finish their road trip with a three-game series against the Cardinals that begins on Tuesday. Jose Urena is coming off one of his best starts, where he allowed one run over six innings in San Diego. Three times in 12 starts, Urena has given up one run in at least six innings and was unable to pick up the win. The Marlins are expected to face Carlos Martinez, who will start barring a setback on his rehab from a strained right lat. First pitch from Busch Stadium is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.
Justin Toscano is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.