Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2

Paul Goldschmidt is one of the hottest hitters in baseball.

Goldschmidt homered twice, tied his career high with four hits

and drove in four runs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the

Miami Marlins 9-2 on Friday night.

”Watch the kid, watch the way he stays with his approach, he’s

dangerous,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.

Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the first, a 428-foot drive

to left on an 0-2 pitch, before Chavez homered to right on the very

next pitch. He later fouled off six straight pitches in the third

before hitting another two-run homer, a drive to left on the 13th

pitch of the at-bat that made it 5-0.

”However many I fouled off, all of them were down and away,

mostly really good pitches, and fortunately for me he made a

mistake,” Goldschmidt said.

It was the second career multihomer game for Goldschmidt, who

also connected twice May 18 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is

hitting .414 (29 for 70) with nine homers and 26 RBIs on the road,

but .272 with three homers and nine RBIs at Chase Field.

”It’s still early in the season so the stats are skewed one way

or another so if you get hot for a week or something when you’re on

the road compared to home,” Goldschmidt said. ”You just try to go

out there and play well. If it happens to be on the road, good. If

it’s at home, that’s good, as well.”

Goldschmidt doubled to lead off the seventh and singled in the

ninth. He is hitting .440 (22 for 50) in his last 15 games with

seven homers, six doubles, and 17 RBIs.

”He’s got a lot of talent,” said Martin Prado. ”We are

expecting a lot of things from him. Every time he goes to home

plate, we’re just waiting for something to happen.”

Eric Chavez homered and also had four hits, and Gerardo Parra

and Prado had three hits apiece for Arizona, which had 16 hits in

all and won its third straight game.

”I just hope we can do this more often, it would sure help our

pitching staff,” Gibson said.

Trevor Cahill (3-4) won for the third time in four decisions

following an 0-3 start, allowing one run, five hits and four walks

in eight innings. He walked his first two batters in the third

before retiring 13 in a row, 10 on groundballs.

”As the game went along I was able to find my arm slot and

worked down in the zone,” Cahill said.

Last-place Miami matched its season-high losing streak at six

and at 11-31 equaled the 2006 Marlins for the worst 42-game start

in franchise history, according to STATS.

”Unfortunately we got down and obviously with our offense were

just not able to make up that much ground,” Marlins manager Mike

Redmond said.

Kevin Slowey (1-4) gave up six runs and seven hits in three

innings.

”It was the second time in a week that I haven’t given my team

a chance to win and that’s disappointing,” Slowey said.

Arizona led 7-0 before Rob Brantly had an RBI single for Miami.

Greg Dobbs had three hits.

NOTES: Following the game, Marlins RHP Jon Rauch was designated

for assignment and recalled LHP Duane Below from Triple-A New

Orleans. … Diamondbacks OF Jason Kubel (quadriceps) didn’t play.

”It’s not great. It’s kind of finicky,” Gibson said. ”Some days

it’s OK. Some days it’s not.” … Miami OF Giancarlo Stanton

(hamstring), who has been on the DL since April 30, has been doing

some hitting in a batting cage and thinks he will be back before

the All-Star break. . … Arizona RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 5.63

ERA) faces Miami RHP Tom Koehler (0-1, 3.31 ERA) on Saturday.