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Friday, August 15 (All times Eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (52-69) at Miami Marlins (60-61), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Trevor Cahill (2-8, 4.86) Miami - Brad Hand (2-4, 4.65)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Miami's Marcell Ozuna is hardly a household name when it comes to National League difference-makers. But don't try and sell that to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The first-year full-time regular can continue a season series' worth of hurt against the Diamondbacks on Friday night when the Marlins host game two of a four-game set at Marlins Park.

The youngster was 4-for-39 entering Thursday's first game, but snapped out of the funk with a pair of hits -- including a walk-off double in the 10th inning -- of a 5-4 win.

The hits lifted Ozuna to 7-for-15 in four games against Arizona this season, including a decisive two-run home run on a July 8 game at Chase Field.

"This guy is a huge part of our team," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "And he's had some big at-bats and he's gotten some big hits for us throughout the year."

Lefty Brad Hand takes the mound for the Marlins for game two after he was dinged for seven runs in just 4 2/3 innings of a 7-2 loss at Cincinnati on Sunday.

In four previous starts, he'd been 2-1 with a stingy 2.28 earned run average and hadn't surrendered a home run.

"You've got to limit the big innings, and get out of there," Hand said. "I had a chance to get out of there with no runs, and I couldn't finish it."

He also pitched the aforementioned July 8 game in Arizona and allowed just an unearned run on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings, before getting a no-decision upon Ozuna's heroics.

Arizona has won just four of its last 12 games, while batting a collective .232.

Right-hander Trevor Cahill gets the call to start after getting his first win as a starter on Saturday, with seven innings of three-run ball with seven strikeouts in a 14-4 rout of Colorado.

In one meeting with the Marlins, he allowed a run in eight innings while recording a 9-2 win in May 2013.

On Thursday, Garrett Jones worked a leadoff walk off Bradin Hagens (0-1), who was making his MLB debut, in the bottom of the 10th. Jeff Mathis followed with a single to right before Ozuna's RBI double to center decided the game.

Giancarlo Stanton finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Adeiny Hechavarria tripled and drove in two runs for the Marlins, who have won five of their last seven games. Mike Dunn (10-5) earned the win after tossing perfect ninth and 10th innings with three strikeouts. Dunn now leads the majors in wins by a reliever with 10 and set a franchise record for wins in a season by a reliever.

Mark Trumbo went 2-for-4 with two RBI and David Peralta and Miguel Montero each brought in a run for Arizona, which has dropped three of its last four.

08/15 10:35:45 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
Final
SAN 119
POR 129
4th
DEN 109
LAC 105
 
Half
LAL 50
OKC 52
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
Final
TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
Final
DEN 84
COLST 85
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
2nd
CAL 58
EWASH 49
 
2nd
UTST 58
IDST 45
 
1st
UTEP 15
ARZ 19
 
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
Final
CAL 1
DAL 2