Marlins bash D-backs’ plans to clinch WC

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It was not all bad news, though, for the D-backs. The Cardinals’ 11-6 loss to the Pirates clinched at least a tie in the NL Wild Card race. The D-backs need to win one more game, or the Brewers and Cardinals need to lose one more game, for Arizona to clinch a spot.

Much like Friday night’s game, it was anything but a pitchers’ duel as the two teams combined to hit five home runs.

Marlins' five-run 3rd inning

The Marlins capitalized on a pair of errors by Arizona starter Taijuan Walker to score five runs in the third inning. While the D-backs would pull to within 7-6 in the fifth, the Marlins managed to hold them off while collecting four insurance runs off the Arizona bullpen.

Record breaker: D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez continued his tear at the plate by hitting his 27th homer with the D-backs and 43rd overall in the fifth inning to pull the D-backs to within 7-6. The homer was the 14th of September for Martinez, setting the Arizona franchise mark for homers in a month. Luis Gonzalez held the record of 13, which he set in March/April of 2001.

Martinez's 43rd home run

MVP candidates go deep: Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt are two of the NL’s top candidates for the Most Valuable Player Award, and both had homers. Stanton added to his Major League-leading total by hitting his 57th, a solo shot in the fourth. Goldschmidt, meanwhile, got the D-backs back in the game with a three-run homer in the third that cut the Marlins’ lead to 5-4.

Goldschmidt's three-run moonshot

Justin Bour, with his opposite-field home run in the eighth inning, has homered in four straight games, and the Marlins first baseman has 25 on the season.

Bour's 25th home run

An overturned call accounted for another Marlins run and an RBI for Bour. With two outs, Bour singled to center, and Christian Yelich raced home from second. Yelich did a swipe slide at the plate, and was tagged by catcher Chris Iannetta. Home plate umpire Tom Woodring ruled him out, and Yelich immediately signaled to the bench that he was safe. The play was reviewed and the call was overturned in 41 seconds.

Bour's broken bat RBI single

Marlins: Dan Straily (10-9, 4.17) will make his 32nd start as the right-hander gets the nod in the series finale with the D-backs on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. ET. Straily has logged a team-high 172 2/3 innings. He has faced Arizona once, in 2016, when he picked up a win by allowing two runs over six innings.

D-backs: Patrick Corbin will get the start Sunday afternoon (1:10 MST) as the D-backs wrap up a three-game series with the Marlins at Chase Field. With one more win, Corbin will set a career high in victories with 15. He made his big league debut against the Marlins in 2012.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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

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

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