By Christina De Nicola and Steve Wilaj
MIAMI -- The D-backs ran their way to a 6-1 win over the Marlins on Wednesday at Marlins Park, racking up seven steals on the night, led by A.J. Pollock's three. Chase Anderson went eight-plus innings in his first victory of the season while handing Miami its sixth straight loss.
Arizona, which has taken the first three games of this four-game series, jumped on top in the first inning on David Peralta's RBI groundout. The D-backs then added two more in the second on Nick Ahmed's RBI double and Anderson's RBI groundout, which scored Ahmed after a stolen base.
More clever Arizona baserunning in the fifth inning led to a 4-0 lead. With one out, Pollock stole home while Peralta was caught in a rundown off first base. Peralta reached second on the throw home, and a scoring change credited him with a stolen base, giving the D-backs seven on the night to tie a club record for steals in a game. It was also done on May 19, 2000, in New York against the Mets.
Pollock stayed active on the bases in the seventh, as he singled to lead off the inning, stole second and third and then scored on Peralta's sacrifice fly for a 5-0 D-backs advantage. Peralta added another Arizona run in the ninth when his single scored Pollock.
The Marlins avoided the shutout in the ninth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs against Anderson. But they could only muster one run, on Giancarlo Stanton's double-play grounder off Brad Ziegler, which was confirmed on review.
"When you win the first two games, you just want to put the pedal to the metal and keep going," Anderson said. "Those guys are getting good leads, getting jumps, and it helps you a lot, especially when you want to score runs to get a guy into scoring position. It's huge."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Busy on the basepaths: The D-backs matched their franchise record for most stolen bases in a game with seven. Pollock set a career high with three, including one of home in the fifth inning. Early on, Arizona took advantage of Miami starter David Phelps' inattentiveness by stealing a pair of bases in the second. All but two of the D-backs' basestealers came around to score in the game.
"I played college with A.J.," said Phelps, who allowed four runs in five innings in his first loss of the season. "He can run. They have some guys that can run, and I did a really poor job of holding runners on. It's something that I usually kind of pride myself on." More >
Still no offense: The Marlins' offense remained cold, collecting just four hits off Anderson, including two in the ninth. The only time a runner reached scoring position before the ninth came in the sixth on Justin Bour's double. Miami has yet to score more than three runs through six games of the current 10-game homestand.
"No one is going to feel sorry for us," Miami manager Dan Jennings said. "We're hitting a lot of balls hard -- only two strikeouts tonight and a lot of at 'em balls. ... This is gonna turn. We're in a storm right now. It's frustrating, but these guys are working diligently."
Anderson nearly goes the distance: Anderson collected his first win of the season in his eighth start, tossing eight-plus innings of one-run ball with two strikeouts and one walk. He threw 88 pitches through eight before loading the bases in the ninth.
Dee dips under .400: Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was twice thrown out trying to bunt for a hit -- once in the first inning and again in the fourth. In all, he took an 0-for-3 on the day to fall below the .400 mark for the first time since April 28 against the Mets. His averaged climbed as high as .439 on May 10, but he's 3-for-23 in the past five games.
JOSE THROWS LIVE BP
Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez faced hitters on Wednesday in another live batting practice session in Jupiter, Fla. Fernandez could be ready for game situations, initially in extended spring, close to mid-June. It appears the earliest he could be reinstated is around July 1.
"I think every game we try to live that way where every game is a new one, and it's great tonight and get it over with. It's an early game tomorrow at noon [ET], so we have to be ready to play. They're going to come out firing, obviously, it's not easy to lose and you want to come back and play hard. We have to realize that they're going to be extra ready, and we're going to have to be extra ready." -- D-backs manager Chip Hale
WHAT'S NEXT D-backs:Archie Bradley's return to the mound after being struck in the face by a liner in late April didn't go as planned against the Phillies. He went just two-plus innings, surrendering four runs on five hits with three walks and one strikeout. He'll go for the sweep Thursday in Miami.
Marlins:Mat Latos will try to bounce back from Saturday's rough start against Atlanta when he takes the mound Thursday at 12:10 p.m. ET. The righty took the loss and gave up five earned runs in three-plus innings as he was knocked from the game after being struck by a line drive in the left shin.