(Sports Network) - Rookie right-hander Barry Enright aims for a series clincher in just his third start as a big-leaguer today, when the Arizona Diamondbacks host the Florida Marlins in the finale of their four-game series at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks won for the second time in three games with Florida on Saturday, when Ian Kennedy pitched into the sixth inning for his first victory in nearly two months and Arizona held off the Marlins, 5-4.
Kennedy (4-7), who had lost five times in his previous eight starts -- including four in a row -- surrendered five hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings. He also had two walks and five strikeouts. It was the right-hander's first victory since May 19 against San Francisco.
Enright, a second-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2007, reached the majors for the first time on June 30 in St. Louis, when he allowed just four hits and a run in five innings of a 4-2 defeat of the Cardinals. He followed it up with his first loss, a 6-4 verdict against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in which he was touched for seven hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has walked five and struck out 10 in 10 2/3 overall innings since being promoted, with opposing batters reaching him for a .268 average.
For the Marlins, 23-year-old San Diego native Alex Sanabia makes his first start in a major-league uniform today. The right-hander debuted this season with three straight appearances out of the bullpen, logging a combined 8 1/3 innings while giving up 10 hits and four earned runs.
A 32nd-round pick of the Marlins in 2006, Sanabia has walked one batter and struck out 10 in his three outings. His lone decision came June 30 against the New York Mets, when he surrendered three hits and an earned run in a two- inning relief outing.
These two clubs split a quick two-game set in Florida from May 17-18, as well as four games held at Chase Field last year. Arizona has won eight of the last 13 overall meetings in the series.