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ARI@SD: Collmenter holds Padres to one run over 5 1/3

The Marlins have been swinging hot bats in the month of July -- until they ran into Vidal Nuno on Tuesday.

The D-backs lefty blanked the Marlins and held them to three hits in his seven-inning Arizona debut, but the Marlins were able to rally for two runs -- and a 2-1 win -- off of closer Addison Reed.

The Marlins will look to recapture their hot-swinging ways Wednesday against Josh Collmenter.

Coming into the game, the Marlins had been hitting .304 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .385 slugging percentage in seven July games.

"I've been happy with the way we've swung the bats," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "We swung the bats pretty well in St. Louis. We had a really good April and May, and then slowed down a bit in June. But that's going to happen.

"As you get farther into summer, you look for the guys to be able to put up some numbers. So it's like anything. You go in spurts ... where you'll have weeks and months where you have an uptick."

Two of the offensive leaders in the last week have been center fielder Marcell Ozuna and third baseman Casey McGehee. Ozuna extended his hitting streak to 14 games Tuesday, while McGehee snapped a streak of 31 games reaching base.

"I just want us to be consistent," Redmond said. "We're definitely a team who -- we strike out. We're going to strike out. We've done that a lot this year, but at the same time, too, we score runs, and I think our offense has kept us in a lot of games. It's probably a big part of where and why we are where we are right now."

The Marlins haven't fared well against Collmenter in the past -- putting up just one hit against him in a small seven-inning career sample. The D-backs righty, 7-5 with a 3.98 ERA, is coming off of a tough start in Atlanta, in which he allowed 11 hits and five runs in six innings.

The Marlins will work to back starter Nathan Eovaldi, who is 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA and has pitched at least six innings in four straight starts.

Marlins: McGehee not dwelling on Final Vote
Casey McGehee isn't letting the allure of a possible All Star Game appearance affect what he's doing on the field.

"I'm kind of at peace with the fact that this whole All-Star thing -- that it is what it is," he said. "It's going to play out the way it's going to play out, and that's OK. But I'm not going to let that change how I approach [the game]."

McGehee was in fifth place in the first tally of Final Vote results. The voting runs through Thursday afternoon.

McGehee is hitting as well as he has all season. On Tuesday, he snapped a 14-game hitting streak and a 31-game on-base streak. He leads the National League with 110 hits.

"It's something I feel good about, but at the same time, I would trade all that for some wins here," McGehee said.

The veteran third baseman attributed his success this season to staying consistent with his preparation before the game and keeping his approach the same.

"I just feel like I've been doing a good job with sticking with my approach," McGehee said. "I feel like I've been doing a good job of swinging at good pitches for the most part, and trying to make sure I do the same thing every day as far as preparation."

D-backs: Peralta continues to impress
When the season started, outfielder David Peralta was not really on the D-backs' radar screen.

He is now.

Since coming up from Double-A Mobile and making his big league debut on June 1, Peralta leads all rookies in average with a .331 mark and is third in hits with 40.

"He's got a good swing path," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's very short to the ball, he swings down through the ball. You don't see him dipping like you see some guys do. He stays pretty short, he's aggressive, he recognizes the ball pretty good."

Peralta was a pitching prospect up until a couple of years ago before converting to the outfield.

"He's done a lot of good things," first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "He works hard, he plays hard. He's always doing early work, I see him out in the outfield working with [outfield coach] Dave McKay working on stuff."

Worth noting:
• Redmond said reliever A.J. Ramos played catch on Monday and will throw bullpen sessions on July 15 and July 17. Ramos has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation since July 1.

• Redmond said shortstop Rafael Furcal started light jogging recently. Furcal is on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

• D-backs catcher Miguel Montero got a day off Tuesday. Montero came into Tuesday leading all catchers in innings caught with 705 2/3.

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