Ozuna's 9th-inning HR gives Marlins 2-1 victory

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 12:16 am •  Published: July 9, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Miami Marlins had no offense, except for one big swing.

And that was enough to spoil a brilliant Arizona debut by Vidal Nuno.

Marcell Ozuna hit a two-out, two-run home run off Addison Reed in the ninth inning to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

"He got a good pitch to hit and didn't miss it," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "In this ballpark you can do some damage on one swing."

Ozuna hit Reed's 2-2 pitch off the batter's eye far above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center. It was the fifth blown save in 25 tries for Reed (1-5) and the ninth home run the closer has allowed in 38 appearances. Reed has blown three of his last 13 save opportunities.

"You could see he missed his spot by about 18 inches," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He set up down and away. I think he threw 21 pitches and he threw two off-speed pitches. He's got to mix his pitches in. Ozuna's a very good fastball hitter."

According to Ozuna, Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hachevarria told teammates in the dugout that the home run was coming, right after the second strike.

"He told (Henderson) Alvarez and (Donovan) Solano I was going to hit a home run right now," Ozuna said. "And then the home run come. I don't know why."

Nuno, acquired in the deal that sent Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees on Sunday, gave up three hits, struck out a career-high seven and walked one in seven innings. He scored Arizona's only run.

"This is the big leagues so one pitch can ruin a game," Nuno said. "I just kept my focus and kept on driving and I made those pitches."

Mike Dunn (7-4) pitched one-third of an inning to get the victory. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities.

Miami's Brad Hand allowed an unearned run and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings but failed to win as a starter for the 14th consecutive time, the third-longest active streak in the majors.

Hand's last victory as a starter came almost three years ago to the day, on July 7, 2011, against Houston.

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