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Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 3

Arizona took down an opposing ace for the second consecutive weekend, a four-run sixth doing in Jose Fernandez.

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Zack Godley had been everything you could have expected, and was certainly a considerable improvement over Edwin Escobar. Godley, entirely unlike Escobar, delivered a quality start in his first appearance of the year, throwing six innings of two-run ball, on four hits and three walks. It wasn't overpowering - he only had three strikeouts - but it kept his team in the game. Tyler Clippard had a nice bounceback inning after last night's fiasco, putting up a zero in the seventh, and although Daniel Hudson gave up a solo home-run and then put two men on, a fly-ball to the warning track ended the eighth. Brad Ziegler worked in and, inevitably, out of trouble in the ninth.

Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks had absolutely nothing to show for the first 5.2 innings, as Jose Fernandez retired all 17 batters that he faced to that point. Michael Bourn ended the perfect game, delivering a solo home-run with two outs in the sixth, and the wheels fell off Fernandez rapidly, as three more runs scored before he could get the final out. The seven Diamondbacks' hits came from seven different batters; in addition to Bourn's first home-run as a D-back, Chris Herrmann delivered his sixth home-run in the seventh inning. The Diamondbacks struck out 12 times and walked none. But not for the first time recently, strikeouts are over-rated...