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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

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
7:30pm Tonight
BRK 0
POR 0
7:30pm Tonight
NYK 0
SAC 0
4th
OKC 90
MIN 78
 
Final
MEM 103
ORL 94
 
Final
NOP 99
PHI 74
 
Half
UTA 31
BOS 55
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
DEN
Final
AMER 66
ARMY 68
 
Final
OU 59
CLST 56
 
Final
NCCU 55
DELST 54
 
Final
PBY 54
HIGH 63
 
Final
UNC 93
SYR 83
Final
DET 53
WRST 64
 
Final
NCAT 71
COPST 84
 
Final
SCST 65
HAMP 56
 
Final
COOK 42
HOW 45
 
Final
NWST 80
NICST 51
 
Final
NO 87
CARK 67
 
Final
CAMP 78
GWEBB 59
 
2nd
FAM 62
MDES 68
 
Final
INCWORD 86
MCNST 84
 
Final
SAV 54
NORST 70
 
Final
ABCHRIST 63
SHSU 80
 
Final
LAM 65
STEPH 82
 
Final
SELA 61
TAMCC 70
 
Final
VALPO 73
UWMIL 48
 
2nd
ALAAM 62
ALCOR 49
 
2nd
ALAST 41
SOUTH 45
 
2nd
ARKPB 68
PVU 40
 
2nd
ISU 53
TEX 39
 
2nd
MVSU 50
TXSOU 50