The D-backs will look to carry the momentum from Tuesday's walk-off win over the Marlins into Wednesday's finale, as Arizona goes for its first series win at home this month (they've had only two).
Paul Goldschmidt provided the heroics for the D-backs on Tuesday night at Chase Field, with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Miami took the series opener on Monday, 3-2, behind Giancarlo Stanton's solo homer in the ninth.
Trevor Cahill starts for the D-backs in the third game of a six-game homestand. The right-hander is 3-8 with a 3.96 ERA in 14 starts this season. He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in his last outing, against the Padres on Friday.
The Marlins will counter with hard-throwing Jose Fernandez. The rookie right-hander is 4-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 13 starts.
Fernandez threw a career-high 107 pitches in his last outing, and set a career best with 10 strikeouts. While it was the most strenuous start of his young career, he showed promise by getting stronger as the game progressed.
"I think his competitiveness comes out," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "I think he, in his mind, goes, 'Man, that's it. They're not getting any more runs.' He has the ability to make and execute pitches like only a handful of guys I think I've ever seen."
Fernandez has made three straight quality starts, and he has six quality starts in his last eight outings. He's won four of his five decisions in that stretch.
Marlins: Stanton reaches home-run mark
Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of home runs on Monday, giving him 100 in his first 400 Major League games.
Stanton, 23, joined Bob Horner and Eddie Mathews as the only players in Major League history to make their big league debuts before their 21st birthdays and then hit at least 100 homers in their first 400 games. Stanton also became the ninth player, and the first in franchise history, to accomplish the feat. Ryan Howard and Ryan Braun are the only other active players to have done it.
"It's remarkable how quickly he's done it," Redmond said. "We all played with Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, but I don't think I've ever seen someone hit a ball harder than he does. He truly crushes the ball, it's pretty amazing. It's a big milestone for such a young guy."
Stanton said he didn't realize he had reached the century mark until after the Marlins won, 3-2, on Stanton's solo homer in the ninth.
"That was really cool," Stanton said. "I knew I needed seven to start the season, but I lost track."
D-backs: Putz to begin rehab assignment
Arizona reliever J.J. Putz left the club on Tuesday to join Triple-A Reno and is close to starting a rehab assignment.
Putz, on the disabled list with a strained right elbow since May 8, is on track to pitch with Reno on Thursday and Saturday.
If those outings go as planned, the closer would then throw in consecutive games on Monday and Tuesday.
"We do want him to be able to throw back-to-back days when he comes back," said D-backs manager Kirk Gibson.
Heath Bell has converted 11 of 12 save chances while Putz has been out.
• Marlins outfielder Juan Pierre has struggled in his career against Cahill, going 5-for-23 (.217) with one double and one RBI. But he's currently riding a 14-game hitting streak.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.