PHOENIX -- Justin Bour hit a pinch-hit grand slam as the catalyst for a seven-run seventh inning for the Marlins, who came from behind to beat the D-backs, 8-6, in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.Bour's slam off Arizona reliever Tyler Clippard (2-3), who took the loss,
PHOENIX -- Justin Bour hit a pinch-hit grand slam as the catalyst for a seven-run seventh inning for the Marlins, who came from behind to beat the D-backs, 8-6, in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.
Bour's slam off Arizona reliever Tyler Clippard (2-3), who took the loss, tied the game at 5. After Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado drew consecutive walks against the right-hander, Christian Yelich hit a go-ahead, two-run double off left-hander Zac Curtis for a 7-5 lead. Miami sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, with four hits and four walks.
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"In that situation, I'm just trying to get the job done," Bour said. "Runner on third and less than two [outs], I was talking to guys and we were saying that's a free RBI and one you have to get and you have to make sure you get it. I was trying to get a sac fly, get the job done and it goes out. Obviously, that's cool."
The D-backs collected 13 hits, including three each from Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed. Jake Lamb drove in a pair of runs, one of five Arizona players with an RBI.
"It's frustrating, we're going through it right now," Clippard said. "This one hurts. It hurts in a big way. We've been struggling all year trying to find some momentum."
Marlins reliever Brian Ellington (1-0) earned the win in relief. Neither starter factored in the decision. Arizona's Patrick Corbin gave up four earned runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Miami's Justin Nicolino allowed five earned runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
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Bour drives in four: The Clippard-Bour matchup has become a one-sided affair. Marlins manager Don Mattingly sent Cole Gillespie to pinch-hit in the seventh with the bases loaded and called him back for Justin Bour when the D-backs sent Tyler Clippard to the mound. Bour followed with a grand slam to tie the game at 5.
The homer was the second career pinch-hit home run for Bour and also the sixth pinch-hit grand slam in Marlins' history. Bour's first pinch-hit home run came Sept. 6, 2015 against the Mets, against, you guessed it, Clippard.
"I don't I see him more than anybody else and I don't think I see him any better," Bour said of Clippard. "I think it's the approach and making sure I get the job done. It doesn't matter who is throwing."
Pitcher who rakes: Corbin helped himself out in the third, lacing an opposite-field RBI double to left to tie the game at 1. He later scored the go-ahead run on Michael Bourn's sacrifice fly. Corbin singled in the fourth for his third multi-hit game of the season. On the year, the D-backs starter is batting .344 (11-for-32) with three RBIs.
Ozuna on mark: Corbin retired the first two batters, but left fielder Christian Yelich followed with a triple to right field. The next batter, Marcell Ozuna, drove him home with a single and just like that, the Marlins were up, 1-0. Ozuna riding a 10-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 road games since April 30.
He finished 2-for-5.
Homer shy of cycle: Ahmed had his first three-hit game of the season when he tripled in the seventh. The D-backs shortstop, who entered with a .207 average, is typically in the lineup for his defensive prowess. However, he scored a pair of runs and drove in one on his three-base hit, his first triple of the year.
"Great night for him offensively, kind of got us back in there," Arizona manager Chip Hale said.
"This ballpark always scares me because I know you can put runs up quick. You don't feel like you are out of the game, either, which is a good thing because we are down four runs there. You know that stuff can happen fast in this ballpark. You see the ball good and it's a good offensive ballpark." -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly
Marlins: The Marlins will send Jose Fernandez to the mound in the second game of the series on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. ET at Chase Field. The right-hander can set a franchise record with nine straight starts with a victory. His string of eight wins ties Chris Hammond (1993). Fernandez has had a 1.38 ERA with 78 strikeouts since the win streak started on April 28.
D-backs: The D-backs are recalling right-hander Zack Godley to start the second of the three games against the Marlins at 7:10 p.m. MST. Godley is 4-5 with a 3.61 ERA in 11 starts between Triple-A Reno and Double-A Mobile this season. He will be making his first start in the Majors this season.
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