Saunders struggles as Arizona loses to Florida

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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Joe Saunders, left, talks with Miguel Montero, right, during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, June 10, 2011, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks 6-4. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (AP) — Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson liked what he got from his lineup Friday night.

It just didn't add up to a victory.

Miguel Montero and Xavier Nady hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, but Arizona lost 6-4 to the Florida Marlins.

"Some people probably think I'm crazy, but I think we're coming out of it with our bats," Gibson said. "We swung the bats way better than we've showed."

Ryan Roberts and Justin Upton each had a triple, and Stephen Drew had a pair of hits. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, the Marlins put together a 13-hit effort to snap an eight-game losing streak.

"It's frustrating," Montero said. "We hit the ball pretty well."

Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton each hit a two-run homer and John Buck also went deep for the Marlins, who had seven extra-base hits. Emilio Bonifacio had two doubles.

"It feels good just getting a win," Morrison said. "We haven't had one of those in eight games. It's a pretty good feeling."

Florida's 13 hits were its highest total since it had a season-high 14 against the Dodgers on May 28.

"I think they're more relaxed out there," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "There were still a lot of runners in scoring position. Little by little, I'll take tonight's game."

Arizona has dropped four of five.

Morrison connected against Joe Saunders in the first inning, hitting a drive to right on a 2-2 pitch for his eighth homer of the season.

Stanton's 15th homer in the sixth inning made it 4-0 and Buck hit Saunders' next pitch over the wall in right. It was the second time this season the Marlins have hit back-to-back homers.

Anibal Sanchez (6-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2-3 innings for the Marlins. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his last seven starts.

"He has been outstanding," Montero said. "He has been locating his pitches, mixing his pitches, and throws a hard fastball when he needs to. He's pretty good. I have to tip my hat."

Arizona chased Sanchez during its four-run seventh inning. Drew singled in Upton before Montero went deep. Mike Dunn then came in and allowed a homer to pinch-hitter Nady, cutting it to 5-4.

Buck added an RBI single in the bottom half to get the Marlins an insurance run, and Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his first career save, benefiting from two good defensive plays.

"I was fine until I left a fastball down the middle, that was scorched, and then a slider down the middle and that was crushed," Cishek said. "Luckily we have awesome defenders behind us and I think a third of the save should go to Bonifacio and Stanton for saving my butt."

Saunders (3-6) gave up five runs and 10 hits in six innings.

"He made some mistakes, they pounded him, it's going to happen from time to time," Gibson said.

NOTES: Cishek set a club record for most consecutive scoreless innings to start a career with 12 2-3. ... Gaby Sanchez and Buck hit back-to-back home runs on May 13 at Washington. ... Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez (back) went 2 for 3 with an RBI as the designated hitter in a rehabilitation appearance with Single-A Jupiter on Friday night. ... Diamondbacks RHP Bryan Shaw made his major league debut in the eighth.