The Miami Marlins picked up a 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday in a game started by ace Henderson Alvarez.
It was the 61st win of the season for the Marlins and it put them 3.5 games behind the Wild Card leader. With a win on Sunday, Miami will be at the .500 mark and would also mean a series win in a four-game series with Arizona.
Alvarez gave up three hits and a run in the first inning. He went the next six scoreless and allowed only two additional hits. It was a dominant performance by Alvarez after he missed over two weeks on the disabled list.
The right-hander struck out six and walked only one while lowering his E.R.A to 2.43. Alvarez is now 9-5 on the season.
After missing four games, Steve Cishek made his triumphant return in this game. The closer set Arizona down in order for his 31st save of the season. Cishek had been used heavily prior to the rest and struggled in multiple games.
Jeff Baker started the game at first base with a lefty on the mound and he did his job with a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning to tie the game at the time. Baker now has three triples this season despite limited playing time.
The go-ahead run came home in the seventh inning on a fielder's choice and an error. Jeff Mathis was the batter at the top and hit the ball to shortstop with the infield in. An errant throw to the plate however allowed Marcell Ozuna to score. The Diamondbacks made five errors in all during a sloppy game for the team.
The Marlins will send Tom Koehler to the mound on Sunday to close out the series.