MIAMI (AP) - Florida Marlins starter Brad Hand didn't have as much success in the follow-up to his impressive major league debut. What didn't change was the lack of offensive support he received.
After allowing only one hit in six innings while taking a 1-0 loss against Atlanta on Tuesday, Hand gave up four runs in five innings against Arizona Sunday as the Marlins dropped a 5-1 decision.
Hand allowed five hits and five walks, leaving the game with his team trailing 4-0. That makes it 11 scoreless innings for the Marlins with Hand on the mound.
``I just tried to do the same thing and it didn't work out,' Hand said. ``I fell behind in the count a lot on the batters and then I had to bring it back in the zone. I got out of a few situations, that's the only positive I'll take out of it.'
The Marlins lost for the 10th time in 11 games, falling to .500 for the first time since they were 5-5.
Florida had at least one hit in every inning but left 13 runners on base. The Marlins have stranded 98 runners in their past 11 games, batting .149 (14 for 94) with runners in scoring position during that span. They were 0 for 12 on Sunday.
``The timely hitting is not there,' said manager Edwin Rodriguez.
``We're failing with runners in scoring position. But we're battling there. I'm sure if they keep pushing the way they're doing right now that we're going to get out of this.
``There's not too many options. Yeah, I can shuffle the lineup; I already did that. They have to go out there and keep battling and everything else will start going our way.'
The Marlins were shut out for the first six innings by Daniel Hudson (7-5), who won for the seventh time in eight decisions since starting the seaason 0-4.
Hudson gave up eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts, leaving the game with a 4-0 lead after Florida loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh.
``I just couldn't seem to get that third out of the inning a bunch of times,' Hudson said, ``but I was able to throw some pitches when I needed to with guys on base.'
David Hernandez got out of the seventh inning allowing only one runner to score, and he was followed by two other Arizona relievers.
Florida right fielder Mike Stanton, who had homered in the previous three games, came up with runners on first and second in his first four at_bats but popped out three times and struck out against Hernandez in the seventh.
Stanton went 3-for-3 against Hudson when the teams met in Arizona on June 1.
``I threw some good pitches to him last time but he just put some good swings on the ball,' Hudson said. ``I left a few pitches out over the plate, so I really wanted to get inside on him today. It's nice when you can hold his bat in check.'
Stephen Drew had three hits, including a two-run double in the first inning, and Ryan Roberts homered for the second consecutive game for the Diamondbacks, who have taken two of the first three of a four- game series that wraps up Monday.
Hitting cleanup, Drew was the only left-handed batter for Arizona against the lefty Hand.
``Stephen had an awesome day out there today,' Gibson said. ``He came through for us again today in that No. 4 slot. That's what you want from your No. 4 guy.'
Hand walked two before Drew ripped a double into the right-field gap. Roberts added his 10th home run in the third, and Arizona made it 4-0 later in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Xavier Nady. Gerardo Parra's pinch-hit double in the ninth drove in Arizona's final run.
NOTES: Florida rookie RHP Steve Cishek pitched the seventh and eighth and extended his club record for most consecutive scoreless innings at the start of a career to 14 2-3. ... Florida 3B Greg Dobbs, who entered the game in a 6-for-31 slump, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. ... Arizona RHP Esmerling Vasquez served the second of a two-game suspension for his actions June 5 against Washington. He was ejected for hitting a batter after warnings had been issued. ... Arizona RHP Sam Demel, who is on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, had a bullpen session cut short Sunday when he couldn't get loose. Demel, who then threw from flat ground, is scheduled to throw in the bullpen again Tuesday.
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