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Burnett stays focused, picks up victory despite trade talk

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- A.J. Burnett showed loyalty to his team. He hopes the Florida Marlins will reciprocate.

The focus of trade talk, Burnett won for the first time in four starts and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, leading Florida over the Diamondbacks 6-3 Tuesday night for only the Marlins' second win in nine games.

"Hopefully I can stay around here and watch this team play, because, like I said, this is a great group of guys, and they can play behind me any day," Burnett said. "So if I was to go, there'd be a lot of friendships that'd be missed."

Carlos Delgado also homered for the Marlins (46-46), who on Monday dropped below .500 for the first time since they were 5-6 on April 16.

Following a loss and two no-decisions in his previous three starts, Burnett (6-6) allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in six innings. He moved ahead of Ryan Dempster into sole possession of second on the Marlins career wins list with 43, trailing only Brad Penny (48).

Florida is thought to be talking to Baltimore about a trade that would send Burnett to the Orioles.

"I don't even pay any attention to that stuff until the time comes that somebody says he's not here," manager Jack McKeon. "Otherwise, I've got him penciled in to pitch Sunday."

But Delgado felt the trade talk, which could involve a deal to Baltimore, was distracting.

"It is tough, being in that situation where you're getting shopped around," Delgado said. "Sometimes you don't even know, you know. They're writing stuff that you're not even aware of."

John Riedling pitched a scoreless seventh, Guillermo Mota worked the eighth only 24 hours after pitching two innings in an 8-7 loss to Arizona and Todd Jones finished for his 15th save.

Royce Clayton had four hits, including a triple and double, and drove in all three runs off Burnett. But he also was stranded all four times on base when Burnett struck out Koyie Hill to end the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.

Each strikeout drew louder boos. Hill, a rookie catcher, was recalled from Triple-A Tucson because of a wrist injury to Kelly Stinnett, and started because Chris Snyder had stomach flu.

"It's tough on a last-minute replacement like that," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. "You know, he's been down there playing some, hitting right around .265, and he's a guy we envision as an offensive player. He just had a tough night at the plate."

Javier Vazquez (8-9) allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings, setting season highs for homers (three) and walks (five). He is 1-5 in his last six starts.

"When I'm out there I want to throw eight or nine innings," Vazquez said. "That's the bottom line, so tonight was disappointing."

Delgado hit a two-run homer in the first, and Cabrera connected on the next pitch. Juan Pierre hit an RBI single in the second, and Cabrera homered on Vazquez's first pitch of the third inning for a 5-0 lead.

"We haven't been playing that good," said Cabrera, who has three two-homer games this season and five in his career. "Especially our offense has been kind of inconsistent, so it's nice to go out and put some runs on the board."

Mike Lowell hit a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Notes

  • Clayton had his ninth four-hit game.
  • Vazquez, who came in tied with Penny of the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis' Matt Morris for fewest walks in the NL (17), had two intentional walks.
  • The Marlins have hit consecutive homers four times this year.
 
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In perhaps his last start as a Marlin, A.J. Burnett allows only three runs while earning a victory. (AP)
In perhaps his last start as a Marlin, A.J. Burnett allows only three runs while earning a victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

R. Clayton
AB 4
R 0
H 4
HR 0
RBI 3
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5021011 .271
Luis Castillo, 2B3110201 .321
Carlos Delgado, 1B5112022 .294
Miguel Cabrera, LF5222031 .338
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
Paul Lo Duca, C2000200 .295
Juan Encarnacion, RF4120001 .283
Mike Lowell, 3B4011001 .232
Alex Gonzalez, SS2110200 .278
A.J. Burnett, P2000004 .075
    John Riedling, P0000000 .000
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1010000 .300
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Chris Aguila, LF0000000 .211
Totals3361166611 
a-singled for Riedling in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Encarnacion (16, Vazquez), Alex Gonzalez (17, Vazquez)
HR - Carlos Delgado (19, Vazquez), Miguel Cabrera 2 (20, Vazquez, Vazquez)
SH - A.J. Burnett (6)
RBI - Juan Pierre (27), Carlos Delgado 2 (72), Miguel Cabrera 2 (69), Mike Lowell (38)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Lowell (19)
SB - Juan Pierre (28, 2nd base off Medders/Hill)
CS - Luis Castillo (6, 2nd base by Koplove/Hill)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez, Delgado-A. Gonzalez
E - Carlos Delgado (10, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
A.J. Burnett (W,6-6) 6633360 3.68
John Riedling (H,2) 1000100 6.93
Guillermo Mota (H,6) 1200010 3.96
Todd Jones (S,15) 1000010 1.52
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 112-68, John Riedling 19-9, Guillermo Mota 19-12, Todd Jones 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 8-3, John Riedling 1-2, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 26, John Riedling 4, Guillermo Mota 5, Todd Jones 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4000100 .269
Chad Tracy, 1B4000122 .302
Luis Gonzalez, LF3000101 .273
Troy Glaus, 3B4120001 .258
Shawn Green, RF4110001 .291
Quinton McCracken, CF3110111 .233
Royce Clayton, SS4043000 .259
Koyie Hill, C4000046 .196
Javier Vazquez, P1000000 .270
   a- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000000 .214
    Brandon Medders, P0000000 .000
   b- Alex Cintron, PH1000000 .277
    Mike Koplove, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000010 .324
Totals343834812 
a-grounded out for Vazquez in the 5th
b-fouled out for Medders in the 7th
c-struck out for Koplove in the 9th
Batting
2B - Royce Clayton (18, Mota)
3B - Royce Clayton (1, Burnett)
RBI - Royce Clayton 3 (30)
2-OUT RBI - Royce Clayton 3 (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Counsell-Clayton-Tracy, Vazquez-Clayton-Tracy, Counsell-Clayton-Tracy
E - Quinton McCracken (2, Wild throw)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (L,8-9) 5966523 4.50
Brandon Medders 2100020 2.16
Mike Koplove 2100120 4.43
IBB - A. Gonzalez by Javier Vazquez, by A. Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 90-50, Brandon Medders 30-21, Mike Koplove 28-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 9-2, Brandon Medders 2-2, Mike Koplove 2-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 27, Brandon Medders 7, Mike Koplove 6
Game Information
Attendance - 23603
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Rapuano