The Miami Marlins woes continued on Friday night, when they dropped their weekend series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-0 shutout loss. It was the first home game after a winless week on the road, and it did not go well for Ozzie Guillen's club. The Marlins put together only three hits off of Diamondbacks' starter Joe Saunders, who went the distance in a tidy outing. To add to his impressive night, Saunders knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly which put the Diamondbacks up 2-0 early in the second inning.
Aaron Hill added a deep shot in the sixth inning to boost the lead to three, before a ninth inning Miguel Montero double added two more. But those were beyond insurance runs at that point, with the way the Marlins were swinging the bats. Carlos Zambrano was not awful, scattering 10 hits over six innings to allow just three runs. But the former Cub is still looking for his first win of the season.
The Marlins will come back on Saturday looking to end the six-game losing streak. Anibal Sanchez will get the ball and try to stop the bleeding, while Arizona will counter with Ian Kennedy,
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