Junior Spivey went three for five with his first home run of the season and the Arizona Diamondbacks won three games in a row for the first time this season by beating the Florida Marlins, 7-1, Monday night at Phoenix.
Spivey, batting .182 with three runs batted in going into the game, drove in two with a first-inning homer off Justin Wayne (0-1) and scored twice.
“In the past I’ve been out there definitely pressing,” Spivey said. “It felt good to hit the ball hard.”
Rod Barajas, just off the disabled list, drove in two runs with a double and single.
Elmer Dessens (3-2) gave up one run and five hits, including two of Mike Lowell’s three doubles, over seven innings to get his second victory in a row. He struck out five and walked two.
Spivey’s home run came in the first inning for a 2-0 Arizona lead.
Marlin right-hander A.J. Burnett will undergo elbow surgery today to repair a torn ligament and could be sidelined for the rest of the season or longer.... The Diamondbacks put Curt Schilling, who recently underwent an appendectomy, on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to his last start on April 18.... The Milwaukee Brewers released right-hander Jamey Wright.... Catcher Chad Kreuter will be released today by the Texas Rangers.