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ARI@MIA: Stanton hammers a three-run blast to center

MIAMI -- Strikeouts are starting to pile up for Josh Johnson, but so are the hits allowed, which led to a perplexing afternoon for the Marlins.

On a day he struck out eight, Johnson was tagged for five runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

As Johnson dealt with inconsistencies, lefty Wade Miley breezed along, allowing one hit in 6 1/3 innings in the D-backs' 8-4 win on Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 34,918 at Marlins Park.

After snapping their six-game losing streak in walk-off style on Saturday night, the Marlins were hoping Johnson (0-3) could collect his first win since April 19, 2011.

"I threw some pitches, but I was just inconsistent," Johnson said. "I was hoping I could stay away from that. But some pitches I felt like were pretty good [became hits]. It's part of it. You've got to keep battling."

It's becoming tougher on a Marlins team that can't seem to gain any traction. They felt things could change after the walk-off win.

Now, Miami has dropped seven of eight, with the series finale with Arizona set for Monday afternoon.

Jason Kubel went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Colby Ransom added a two-run double in a five-run sixth that broke the game open.

The Marlins were held hitless by Miley until John Buck led off the sixth with a double.

In the ninth inning, Giancarlo Stanton, on his 69th at-bat of the season, belted his first home run, a three-run shot to center.

Even though the Marlins have been losing, they've been receiving strong starting pitching.

"That's the first game, today, we didn't have a chance," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every game we've been playing, we've always been in the game. Today was kind of different. If we were down in the late innings, we had a shot."

Coming off a strong performance in New York where he struck out nine and gave up three hits, Johnson once again found himself allowing at least 10 hits. It's happened three times in five starts.

Arizona slapped out nine singles off Johnson, who exited after 5 1/3 innings.

"When you're behind the hitters, most of the time the results are not going to be positive," Guillen said. "This is the big leagues. He knows it. He was throwing the ball well for a few innings. But if you look at the pitch count, two balls, no strikes.

"He had bad location. He wasn't throwing it where he wants, and he paid the price."

Chipping away at the Miami ace, the D-backs did their most damage in a five-run sixth. Aaron Hill singled to open the inning, and he advanced to second on Miley's sacrifice bunt. Willie Bloomquist's RBI single ended Johnson's afternoon after 102 pitches.

"He threw a lot of sliders and we got on the fastball pretty good," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Our approach was good, and we got some opposite-field hits early on. The guy [Anibal Sanchez] overpowered us last night. We had a great approach today, and we stayed on the ball and weren't pulling off the ball and we made good use of our opportunities with guys in scoring position."

Kubel and Ransom each delivered two-run doubles off lefty Mike Dunn, and the Marlins trailed by eight.

The fifth inning also was a challenge for Johnson, who surrendered two runs in the frame. A one-out walk to Gerardo Parra set up three straight singles by Justin Upton, Kubel and Miguel Montero.

"We've just got to find a way to win a couple of games in a row, and things will change, for sure," Johnson said.

As Johnson battled, Miley breezed.

A lack of offense has plagued the Marlins since they beat the Cubs, 5-3, on April 19. Actually, the Marlins' four runs were the most since the win over Chicago.

Miami's first baserunner came with two outs in the fourth inning, when Hanley Ramirez, who worked a full count, reached on Ransom's error at third.

Omar Infante drew a walk to lead off the fifth, but the Marlins weren't able to get anything going. Stanton crushed a long drive to left that Kubel was able to catch near the wall.

Miley felt Stanton had gotten it all.

"That ball that Stanton hit, I thought for sure was in the pool back there," Miley said, referring to the pool area in the Clevelander lounge beyond the wall in left. "I looked up and Kubel's on the warning track just camped under it. I'm like, 'Wow, it plays huge.'"

Stanton finally got to circle the bases in the ninth, with his shot estimated at 418 feet. It was an impressive blast, but too little, too late. Comments