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Diamondbacks sweep first home doubleheader in history

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Associated Press
8/23/2012 1:40:50 AM
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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks sent two young left-handers to the mound for the first home doubleheader in franchise history and had two more victories by the time the day was over.

It looks as if the kids are all right.

Rookie Wade Miley pitched eight innings to earn his 14th victory, and Arizona beat the Miami Marlins 3-0 Wednesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

Tyler Skaggs made his major league debut in the opener, allowing two runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 3-2 Diamondbacks win.

Both pitchers were efficient. The first game went 2 hours, 20 minutes, the second was just seven minutes longer.

"Good thing," Miami manager Ozzie Guillen cracked about the rapid pace. "We didn't have to suffer, send us to intensive care and be dead. Instead, (they) just kill us right away."

Miley (14-8) gave up four singles, struck out five and walked one.

"It was really important to try to just stay in there and get early outs and keep the pitch count down," he said, "then expand it and go eight."

Miley struck out the side on 11 pitches in the eighth.

"He threw his pitches with a ton of conviction, and he does it very quickly," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Guillen was impressed.

"This kid is tough," the Miami manager said, "and on top of that, Gibby gives him a lot of confidence. When you are rookie and the manager gives you a lot of confidence and you use it, they are doing a great job with him."

Catcher Wil Nieves caught Miley for the second time, and he said the 25-year-old pitcher never shakes him off.

"He just trusts you," Nieves said, "and he goes with whatever you put (down). He just concentrates on hitting the spots."

Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run in the first, then doubled and scored in the fourth for Arizona. Aaron Hill had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the first game.

Miami's Wade LeBlanc (2-3) gave up three runs, two earned, and five hits in seven innings in the nightcap.

J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth in both games for his 16th and 17th consecutive saves. He said it was the first time in his career he's had two saves in one day. Putz has 26 saves in 29 tries on the year.

With the sweep, the Diamondbacks salvaged a split of the four-game series.

Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer off Skaggs for Miami's only runs in 18 innings on the day. After collecting 35 hits while winning the first two games of the series, the Marlins managed 10 total in the doubleheader.

A.J. Pollock, just recalled from Triple-A Reno, got Arizona off to a fast start in the second game. He hit a leadoff single in the first, made it to third on a pair of groundouts and scored on Goldschmidt's single.

The Diamondbacks added two more in the fourth. Chris Johnson had a bloop RBI single and Goldschmidt scampered home when Rob Brantly had a passed ball with Miley at the plate.

Miami had two runners on with no outs in the seventh, but Miley escaped by retiring Carlos Lee and Austin Kearns on fly balls to right and coaxing Ruggiano into a fielder's choice.

The Marlins turned in a couple of defensive gems in the second game, but it wasn't enough. Center fielder Gorkys Hernandez made an outstanding diving grab of Gerardo Parra's deep fly ball in the fifth, and Ruggiano cut down Hill trying to score from second on Chris Young's single in the eighth.

Arizona also showed off its defensive skills. Young made a lunging grab of Bryan Petersen's line drive to centre in the ninth in the second game.

The 21-year-old Skaggs yielded Ruggiano's homer in the second, then shut down the Marlins on one hit the rest of his outing. He fanned four and survived five walks.

When he left the game, Skaggs got a standing ovation from the 17,239 in attendance, the smallest home crowd for Arizona this season. The small crowd didn't matter to Skaggs, who appreciated the response.

"It was phenomenal," he said. "I mean, the greatest feeling I've had so far in my life."

Jacob Turner (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings in his first start for Miami since coming to the Marlins in a trade deadline deal with Detroit.

"Outstanding," Guillen said. "He was relaxed on the mound, very nice and loose. He was throwing a lot of strikes. He made one bad pitch but I like what I see."

Guillen had to watch most of it on a television in the clubhouse.

He was ejected by first base umpire Angel Campos after the top of the third inning of the opener. It was the second time he has been tossed this season.

"I have been ejected 27 times but that one was a weird one," Guillen said. "The excuse he is going to make is I was throwing water at him. I never did. I just threw water on the field then some of the players were telling me I got kicked out of the game."

NOTES: The series featured three of the four smallest home crowds for the Diamondbacks this season. ... Guillen said OF Emilio Bonifacio "will be out for a little while" with a sprained right knee. He was injured early in Tuesday night's game, was out of the lineup and underwent an MRI. ... Arizona OF Justin Upton sat out the games with a sore right hamstring. An MRI was negative, the Diamondbacks said.

Tyler Skaggs (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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