Diamondbacks 6, Marlins 5

Justin Upton knew his bloop hit into shallow right field in the
bottom of the ninth inning was going to land for a game-winning
base hit.

It did, and moments later Upton was running away from his
teammates trying to corral him and celebrate after the Arizona
Diamondbacks completed a four-run comeback and overcame a blown
save Wednesday night to defeat the Florida Marlins 6-5.

Upton’s hit drove in Willie Bloomquist from third base with the
winning run.

”I didn’t hit it very hard. I fooled them with a full swing,”
Upton said. ”You’ve got to play all 27 outs and we used every
single one of them.”

Upton was only too happy to help his teammate, closer J.J. Putz,
go from a blown save to being credited with the win. Putz’s 16-game
save streak ended with Marlins catcher John Buck’s solo home run in
the top of the ninth that tied the score at 5.

After Putz finished the inning, Upton told him the team would do
for Putz what he has done for the Diamondbacks many times this
year.

”He’s picked us up all season,” Upton said of Putz. ”I
dropped a ball in the outfield earlier in the year, he came back
and got the next out.”

Bloomquist led off the ninth against Clay Hensley (0-2) with an
infield single. Hensley struck out pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs then
left with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Burke Badenhop
relieved and Bloomquist hustled to third base on a chopper ground
out by Ryan Roberts. After a walk, Upton ended the game with his
hit.

”Willie’s just very aggressive,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk
Gibson said. ”One of the reasons why you pressure like that is
he’s got to make a throw and that ball could very well get past him
(the fielder), that’s why we do it.”

”The way he looked,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said of
Hensley, ”it looked like he will be out for a while.”

The Diamondbacks, coming off a 19-10 month of May during which
they took over first place in the NL West, got June off to a
rousing start with the win.

They trailed 4-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when Roberts hit
a two-run homer and Kelly Johnson tripled and scored on a groundout
by Upton to make it 4-3.

Arizona tied it at 4 in the seventh after loading the bases with
one out. Pinch-hitter Xavier Nady hit a bouncer to third base that
the Marlins’ Greg Dobbs misplayed, the ball bouncing off his glove
for an error that allowed Young to score.

After reliever David Hernandez struck out the side in the top of
the eighth, Stephen Drew singled with two outs and took second on
an errant pickoff throw from Marlins reliever Edward Mujica. Chris
Young doubled to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 lead.

”That’s the way our team is. We just keep fighting,” Putz
said.

”We come out every day with the same attitude, win or lose,”
Gibson said. ”We haven’t accomplished anything yet. We know what
we want to accomplish.”

The Marlins’ Mike Stanton was a double short of hitting for the
cycle, driving in three runs with a home run and a triple. Stanton
hit a two-run homer, his team-high 12th of the season, in the top
of the second. He also drove in a run with a two-out triple in the
third.

”We had control of the game through six innings, then they made
adjustments, clutch hits,” Rodriguez said. ”You have to tip your
hat to them.”

Florida starter Javier Vazquez, who lasted six innings and gave
up four runs and six hits, drove in a run with a single in the
second.

Daniel Hudson pitched seven innings and gave up four runs and
eight hits for the Diamondbacks.

Notes: The Diamondbacks, citing the Elias Sports Bureau, are the
first team in major league history to gain sole possession of first
place in their league or division during May after entering the
month at least 6 1/2 games out of first. … Arizona reliever Juan
Gutierrez, on the 15-day DL with a sore right shoulder, was
scheduled for soft toss Wednesday. Reliever Sam Demel, also on the
DL, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday. Both aren’t
expected to be ready to return until at least the middle of this
month. … The Diamondbacks acquired C Lucas May from Kansas City
in a minor-league trade for RHP Andrea Pizziconi on Wednesday. May
will report to Class AAA Reno. … Florida SS Hanley Ramirez missed
a third straight game with lower back stiffness and could be placed
on the DL if he’s not able to play Friday when the Marlins play
again. … Florida was 11-6 on the road in May, the best mark in
the majors.