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Burnett dominant as Marlins blank Diamondbacks

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MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett has a World Series ring from the 2003 season, the one he spent watching from the dugout after reconstructive elbow surgery.

Not being on the field for that run was tough -- and two years later, it still motivates him.

Burnett threw a three-hit shutout to win his career-high fifth straight start, and even added an RBI single to help the Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 on Tuesday night. It was Burnett's second shutout of the season, and Florida's major-league-leading 12th as a staff in 2005.

"It is driving me. It's driving me more now than ever," Burnett said. "This is a great team. We've got great pitching. We've got a great bullpen. We've got great defense and we've got great hitters. So, we've got a great chance to do it -- and I'm going to do everything in my power to get us there."

Burnett (10-6) struck out five, walked four and threw 120 pitches -- his third-highest total this season.

"The stuff he was throwing tonight was as good as you're going to see in this league," said Arizona center fielder Shawn Green.

Following the eighth inning, Marlins manager Jack McKeon asked Burnett if he wanted to finish. Burnett emphatically said he did.

"Be my guest," McKeon said.

Burnett gave up a one-out walk in the ninth, but got Troy Glaus to hit into a game-ending double play -- the fourth turned by the Marlins in the game.

"Every play they made behind me pumped me up even more and gave me the energy to keep going," Burnett said.

Matt Treanor, Mike Lowell, Chris Aguila and Jeff Conine all had two hits for the Marlins. Treanor doubled twice and scored twice, Lowell also had two runs and Conine hit his first triple of the season.

Craig Counsell doubled for Arizona, which matched a season-low by falling six games under .500. Javier Vazquez (9-11) allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings for his seventh loss in 10 starts.

"I didn't do anything right," Vazquez said. "I was all over the place and I got hit. It was just an ugly game all around. ... Today was one of the worst games I've ever thrown."

Burnett allowed only three baserunners in the first five innings, and two of those were quickly erased in double plays turned by Marlins' middle infielders Alex Gonzalez and Luis Castillo.

He got into a first-and-second, one-out jam in the seventh, but induced a hard grounder from Arizona first baseman Conor Jackson -- one that Lowell turned into another double play, ending the inning and drawing an emphatic fist-pump from Burnett.

And another fist shake came when he got out of the eighth; Royce Clayton walked and eventually got to third with one out, but Burnett struck out Tony Clark and got Counsell to ground out to end the inning.

"That's about as well-pitched a game as I've seen this year," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said.

Florida's first run came in the second inning, when Lowell hit a one-out single and scored on Aguila's long double to left-center field.

The Marlins added three more in the fourth, with Lowell again starting the burst. He led off with a single and scored two batters later on a double by Treanor.

Aguila scored Florida's third run with some nifty baserunning. With runners on second and third, Juan Pierre hit a chopper to shortstop. Clayton fired home in plenty of time to beat Aguila, but catcher Chris Snyder whiffed on the tag, and Aguila slid around him safely.

Conine drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning, bringing home Treanor for a 4-0 lead. Vazquez escaped when Gonzalez -- swinging at the first pitch -- popped out, leaving the bases loaded.

Treanor made it 5-0 in the fifth, hitting a two-out double and scoring on Burnett's single to left -- the second RBI of the season for the Marlins' right-hander.

Aguila and Treanor came up big in their chance to play; each is filling in for an injured starter, Aguila for right fielder Juan Encarnacion (wrist) and Treanor for catcher Paul Lo Duca (hamstring).

"Obviously, me and Treanor aren't really going to fill the void of Lo Duca and Encarnacion," Aguila said.

Notes

  • The game opened a 13-game homestand for the Marlins, a 12-game road trip for the Diamondbacks.
  • Burnett made three great plays on comebackers. He juggled one from Chris Snyder before throwing to first for the out in the third, made an acrobatic snare of a ball hit by Jackson in the fifth, and easily got a hard shot by pinch-hitter Quinton McCracken in the sixth.
  • The Diamondbacks are 0-2 against Burnett this season. ... The Marlins are hitting .571 with the bases loaded and less than two out, .189 with two outs.
  • Clayton's six-game hitting streak ended; he's had four such streaks this season, but no seven-gamers.
 
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A.J. Burnett tosses his second shutout of the year, and Florida's major-league-leading 12th as a staff. (AP)
A.J. Burnett tosses his second shutout of the year, and Florida's major-league-leading 12th as a staff. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Aguila
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

A. Burnett
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 4
K 5
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B4010001 .276
    Greg Aquino, P0000000 .000
Chad Tracy, RF2000101 .295
Luis Gonzalez, LF3010112 .281
Troy Glaus, 3B4000013 .253
Shawn Green, CF2010100 .287
Conor Jackson, 1B3000002 .278
Royce Clayton, SS2000110 .269
Chris Snyder, C2000010 .218
   a- Alex Cintron, PH-2B1000001 .263
Javier Vazquez, P1000000 .250
   b- Quinton McCracken, PH1000000 .241
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
   c- Tony Clark, PH1000011 .320
    Kelly Stinnett, C0000000 .294
Totals260304511 
a-grounded out for Snyder in the 8th
b-grounded out for Vazquez in the 6th
c-struck out for Bruney in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Counsell (27, Burnett)
SB - Chad Tracy (3, 2nd base off Burnett/Treanor)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
PB - Chris Snyder (5)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Javier Vazquez (L,9-11) 5855430 4.40
Brian Bruney 2100020 6.38
Greg Aquino 1000020 8.84
IBB - Cabrera by Javier Vazquez
Pitches-Strikes - Javier Vazquez 110-66, Brian Bruney 25-16, Greg Aquino 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Javier Vazquez 7-6, Brian Bruney 2-2, Greg Aquino 1-0
Batters Faced - Javier Vazquez 28, Brian Bruney 7, Greg Aquino 3
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5001023 .258
Luis Castillo, 2B5000001 .304
Miguel Cabrera, LF2000200 .347
Jeff Conine, 1B3021101 .303
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000015 .275
Mike Lowell, 3B4220010 .237
Chris Aguila, RF4121000 .255
Matt Treanor, C4221011 .234
A.J. Burnett, P3011122 .098
Totals345954713 
Batting
2B - Chris Aguila (2, Vazquez), Matt Treanor 2 (6, Vazquez, Vazquez)
3B - Jeff Conine (1, Bruney)
RBI - Juan Pierre (29), Jeff Conine (18), Chris Aguila (2), Matt Treanor (7), A.J. Burnett (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Conine (6), A.J. Burnett (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Castillo-Conine, Castillo-A. Gonzalez-Conine, Lowell-Conine, Lowell-Castillo-Conine
PB - Matt Treanor (2)
Florida Marlins
A.J. Burnett (W,10-6) 9300450 3.12
HBP - Tracy (by A.J. Burnett)
WP - A.J. Burnett (9)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 120-67
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 14-4
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 31
Game Information
Attendance - 17551
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor