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PHOENIX (AP) - A brilliant Arizona debut for Vidal Nuno was undone by another tough ninth inning for Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed.
Marcell Ozuna hit a two-out, two-run home run off Reed in the ninth inning to give the Miami Marlins a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
“He got a good pitch to hit and didn’t miss it,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “In this ballpark you can do some damage on one swing.”
Ozuna hit Reed’s 2-2 pitch off the batter’s eye far above the 407-foot sign in straightaway center. It was the fifth blown save in 25 tries for Reed (1-5) and the ninth home run the closer has allowed in 38 appearances. Reed has blown three of his last 13 save opportunities.
“You could see he missed his spot by about 18 inches,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “He set up down and away. I think he threw 21 pitches and he threw two off-speed pitches. He’s got to mix his pitches in. Ozuna’s a very good fastball hitter.”
Nuno, acquired in the deal that sent Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees on Sunday, gave up three hits, struck out a career-high seven and walked one in seven innings. He scored Arizona’s only run.
“This is the big leagues so one pitch can ruin a game,” Nuno said. “I just kept my focus and kept on driving and I made those pitches.”
Gibson said he couldn’t ask for more from the left-handed newcomer.
“He did his job for sure,” Gibson said.
Mike Dunn (7-4) pitched one-third of an inning to get the victory. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities.
Miami’s Brad Hand allowed an unearned run and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings but failed to win as a starter for the 14th consecutive time, the third-longest active streak in the majors.
Hand’s last victory as a starter came almost three years ago to the day, on July 7, 2011, against Houston.
After Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless eighth, Reed came on and walked Ed Lucas to start the ninth. Giancarlo Stanton struck out and Casey McGehee lined out to center to bring up Ozuna for his game-winning heroics.
“Ozuna’s a very good fastball hitter,” Gibson said. “He was trying to get the ball down and away and it was basically middle third in, and he got it all.”
Reed left without talking to reporters.
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