Bourn an unlikely hero in D-backs' comeback

Center fielder hadn't homered in nearly two years

Bourn an unlikely hero in D-backs' comeback

PHOENIX -- During the sixth inning of the D-backs' 5-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday, third baseman Jake Lamb pointed out to his teammates in the dugout that opposing starter Jose Fernandez was throwing a perfect game.

Michael Bourn didn't hear Lamb's comment because he was in the batter's box at the time. But the veteran center fielder had a similar thought.

"I knew it," Bourn said. "I was looking at him roll and I was like, 'Man, we've got to try to get to him or do something.'"

After Fernandez had retired the first 17 batters of the game, Bourn finally got the D-backs started. The 33-year-old hit his first home run in nearly two years, beginning a stretch of five consecutive hits that created a four-run rally and gave Arizona a 4-2 lead.

Fernandez, looking for a Miami record ninth consecutive start with a win, had his ace arsenal working early. He had struck out eight and appeared to potentially be on his way toward history.

With two outs in the sixth, Bourn blasted a solo shot to right field. Lamb tied the game with an RBI double, Paul Goldschmidt put the D-backs ahead with an RBI single, and David Peralta padded the lead with an RBI triple.

Lamb's RBI double

"With somebody like him, he's a pitcher that when you have him on the ropes you better try to get to him because you're not going to have a lot of chances," Bourn said. "He's just one of those types of pitchers."

Bourn has only 32 home runs in 11 seasons in the Majors. He hadn't gone deep since July 5, 2014, when he was with the Indians.

"Michael got the fastball and turned it around and just changed the whole game," manager Chip Hale said. "He picked a real good time against a real good pitcher who had really, really good stuff tonight."

The D-backs have just four wins in their last 12 games. Two of those victories have come against a pair of elite starters -- Fernandez and Chicago's Jake Arrieta.

Fernandez beat Arizona earlier this season. But this time, one D-backs' rally was enough to back starter Zack Godley and hand the Marlins starter his first loss since April 23.

"When you face a guy that's as good as Fernandez and throws as hard as he does, when you make good contact, the ball will go," Hale said. "It was incredible the way our hitters just stuck to it and had such good at-bats in a row, because it did not look good at one point."

Jake Rill is a reporter for based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.