The Marlins were in dire need of a stopper, so they sent their best man to hill for the Month of May, Anibal Sanchez. And he did not disappoint.
In the bottom of the first Justin Upton sent the second pitch he saw into the left field bleachers to give the D-backs a 1-0 lead. The D-backs wouldn't score again until the 8th when it was all pretty much a done deal.
During the first three innings, the Marlins weren't able to do much against D-backs starter Ian Kennedy. But along came the fourth and with one out Greg Dobbs singled to put a runner on first. Mike Stanton followed with a double to left to put runners on at second and third. Kennedy walked John Buck to load the bases. He then proceeded to walk Emilio Bonifacio which plated Dobbs to tie the score. Anibal followed with ground out to short to score the Marlins second run of the inning. The score now stood at 2-1 Marlins.
The Marlins added on to their total in the fifth when Logan Morrison hit a line drive home run over the centerfield fence. Making it 3-1 Marlins and ending Kennedy's night on the mound.
In the sixth, Esmerling Vasquez took over in relief for the D-backs. With one out Boni singled to left to put a runner on. Now with Anibal at the plate, expecting the bunt, the corner infielders charged the plate. However, apparently no one told Vasquez who decided now would be a good time to pickoff Boni. Just one minor problem, no one was covering first. So Vasquez sent his best pickoff move into right field advancing Boni to third. Edwin had Anibal swing away and he hit a soft ground ball to third. Since Boni was running on contact he easily scored. 4-1 Marlins.
The Marlins added another run in the seventh when Gaby Sanchez sent a ball into the left filed stands making the score 5-1 Marlins.
The D-backs would get on the board again in the eighth when, recent home run hitting machine, Kelly Johnson, hit a solo shot off of Anibal. 5-2 Marlins.
Leo Nunez came on for the save in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning registering his 19 save of the season.
The win tonight guarantees that the Marlins will have a winning road trip. Which ain't bad considering it is the team's first trip out West.