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The Arizona Diamondbacks' Cliff Pennington rounds third after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Marlins Park in Miami. The Diamondbacks won, 3-2. (David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/MCT)

Double plays leave Marlins doubled over in loss to D'backs

MIAMI -- The narrative of how the Diamondbacks evened this four-game set Friday came down to the outcome of six pitches: the two they sent over the left-field wall in the first and the four they converted into double plays.

Both teams did all their scoring in the first inning, and the Diamondbacks held on for a 3-2 win at Marlins Park. The Marlins came one double play shy of matching the single-game record five, done three other times (most recently April 29, 2013).

Friday presented the Marlins a third attempt to get back to .500 since the last time they sat at the breakeven point on July 29 (53-53). They're now 0-for-3 as they dropped back to 60-62, losing for the 18th time in 48 one-run games.

The Diamondbacks in winning nine of the last 13 meetings have held the Marlins to two runs or fewer 10 times.

"The 1/8double plays3/8 hurt us tonight, for sure," third baseman Casey McGehee said. "They're going to happen from time to time, but it doesn't make you feel any better about it."

Eight pitches into the game, starter Brad Hand and the Marlins were down 1-0. Eight pitches later, the deficit was 3-0 thanks to a Mark Trumbo dribbler up the third-base line that stayed fair and Hill's first-pitch homer to left. He drilled a 90-mph fastball not long after Cliff Pennington deposited Hand's first-changeup off the facing of the left-field seats.

A Marlins' starter had not served up multiple homers in an inning since Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta went back-to-back off Andrew Heaney at Busch Stadium on July 5.

Hand had gone seven starts and 43 innings without giving up a homer. Over his last two outings he's served up four in 11 2/3 innings.

The Marlins nearly climbed out of the first-inning hole. Their first three hitters and four of the first five reached on singles. Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones each knocked in a run off Trevor Cahill. With two on and one out, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit into the first of the four Marlins' GIDPs. Batting right-handed against Oliver Perez, he hit into another with men on first and second and one out in the eighth.

McGehee accounted for the other two, increasing his major league-leading total to 25. The Marlins as a team have grounded into 103. They opened play trailing only the Cardinals (108) among National League teams.

"It gets frustrating sometimes," McGehee said. "At the same time you can't go up there and think about it. ... It's the price you pay for trying to stay in the middle of the field sometimes."

After the four-hit first, Cahill held the Marlins to two more singles during the remainder of his 6 2/3-inning outing. He also walked three and hit a batter but the Marlins got just two men into scoring positions between innings two and seven with him on the mound. The second of those came in the seventh, when Adeiny Hechavarria advanced to second on a two-out wild pitch.

With two on and two out, Diamondbacks right-hander Matt Stites walked Christian Yelich to load the bases before getting Donovan Solano on the inning-ending fielder's choice.

Hand completed seven, putting up zeros through the final six. The Diamondbacks after their three-hit first added just two more singles and two walks. After back-to-back, one out base hits in the fifth, Hand retired eight of the last nine batters he faced before exiting with 107 pitches, the second-highest total of Hand's career.

"He was effectively wild, I think would be the way to describe his outing," manager Mike Redmond said. "At the end of the day he gave us enough to give us a chance to win that ballgame."

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