Straily strong, but Marlins falter late vs. Arizona

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J.D. Martinez delivered the game-winning hit by lacing a single to left field with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

The fans celebrated after the top of the fourth inning when it was announced that both the Brewers and the Cardinals had lost, which clinched a Wild Card spot for Arizona. D-backs players and coaches emerged from the dugout to acknowledge the cheers.

It looked like that would have to suffice as far as things to cheer about, though, as the Marlins carried a 2-1 lead into the eighth.

The D-backs managed to tie the game when Paul Goldschmidt led off the eighth with a single to left and moved to second when the ball got past Marcell Ozuna. One out later, Daniel Descalso drove him in with a single to center.

Marlins starter Dan Straily kept the D-backs in check over six innings of work, allowing one run on four hits while striking out nine.

The Marlins grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by Giancarlo Stanton, who increased his franchise-record RBI total to 126. Brian Anderson contributed an RBI double in the fourth for a 2-0 Marlins lead.

The D-backs got a homer from Chris Herrmann in the fifth.

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

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com 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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