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Marlins' Vargas baffles Dodgers with arm, bat

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Jason Vargas is boosting the Florida Marlins on the mound and at the plate.

Vargas pitched a six-hitter for his first major-league complete game and hit a two-run single for his first major-league RBI to lead Florida over the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 on Sunday.

"It has been awesome to feed off the other starters on the staff," Vargas said. "It's unexplainable. I don't think I was ever as happy at the end of a game since I've been pitching as I was today."

Vargas (4-1) struck out seven, tying his season high, and walked one in his fifth major-league start. He threw 117 pitches, the last striking out Antonio Perez to end the game.

He gave up his only run in the eighth, when he walked Jason Phillips leading off, then gave up a single to pinch-hitter Hee-Seop Choi and an RBI grounder to Cesar Izturis.

"I was hoping the kid would get the shutout, but I'm glad he finished," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Now he knows he can go out there and complete a game."

The 22-year-old rookie left-hander, coming off a 5-2 loss to San Diego on Tuesday, has won three of his four starts since moving into the rotation.

"That was the first time we were seeing him, and he threw a lot of strikes," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy said.

Marlins catcher Paul Lo Duca spent parts of seven seasons with the Dodgers before being traded to the Marlins last year and remains one of Tracy's favorite players.

"Lo Duca is really good with young pitchers, because I saw him do that when he was here," Tracy said.

Lo Duca likes the enthusiasm and mental toughness that Vargas brings to the mound.

"He's very polished," Lo Duca said. "He had command today of the inside corner against the righties. He painted the corners all day. He knows what he's doing. He's going to be around for a long time."

Derek Lowe (8-12) allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, and is 0-2 in three starts since beating Pittsburgh on Aug. 5. Lowe, whose ERA rose to 4.20, had his second-shortest stint of the season, ahead of only a three-inning outing against Arizona on July 2.

Florida has won four of its last five games and six of eight.

Milton Bradley had three hits for Los Angeles.

The Marlins took a 4-0 lead in the second on Alex Gonzalez's two-run double and Juan Pierre's two-run, two-out single. Vargas singled to make it 6-0 in the fourth, and Carlos Delgado singled in a run in the seventh off Steve Schmoll.

"It allowed their young kid to settle in," Tracy said of the early lead. "We did not force him into any stressful situations, and we weren't able to get to him."

Notes

  • Marlins OF Juan Encarnacion, who has a sore left wrist, didn't play. Encarnacion, who got his 1,000th career hit on Friday, left Saturday's game in the third inning after aggravating the wrist while swinging a bat in the on-deck circle.
  • The Marlins have scored first in 12 of their past 14 games and 26 of their last 31.
  • Choi and Jeff Kent, who combined for six runs and three RBI in Saturday's 11-6 Dodgers win, were out of the Dodgers' starting lineup.
 
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Jason Vargas removes shaving cream from his face after his teammates 'congratulate' him.  (AP)
Jason Vargas removes shaving cream from his face after his teammates 'congratulate' him. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

J. Vargas
IP 9.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 1
K 7
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Cesar Izturis, SS4001000 .256
Oscar Robles, 3B4000001 .280
Milton Bradley, CF4030000 .291
Olmedo Saenz, 1B4010013 .289
Jayson Werth, LF4000033 .245
Antonio Perez, 2B4010022 .327
Jason Phillips, C2100100 .238
Jason Repko, RF3000000 .224
Derek Lowe, P1000010 .143
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
   a- Jose Jr. Cruz, PH1000000 .211
    Stephen Schmoll, P0000000 .000
   b- Hee Seop Choi, PH1010000 .261
    Yhency Brazoban, P0000000 .000
Totals32161179 
a-grounded out for Broxton in the 6th
b-singled for Schmoll in the 8th
Batting
2B - Milton Bradley (14, Vargas), Olmedo Saenz (20, Vargas)
RBI - Cesar Izturis (31)
SB - Milton Bradley (6, 2nd base off Vargas/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 5
Los Angeles Dodgers
Derek Lowe (L,8-12) 3.2766330 4.20
Jonathan Broxton 1.1100030 7.04
Stephen Schmoll 2311000 5.73
Yhency Brazoban 1000010 5.90
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 65-40, Jonathan Broxton 18-14, Stephen Schmoll 33-22, Yhency Brazoban 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 5-2, Stephen Schmoll 3-3
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 20, Jonathan Broxton 5, Stephen Schmoll 9, Yhency Brazoban 3
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF5022011 .258
Damion Easley, 2B4010002 .224
Miguel Cabrera, LF3110112 .336
Carlos Delgado, 1B4121021 .294
    Chris Aguila, PR-RF0000000 .228
Jeff Conine, RF-1B3110102 .304
Paul Lo Duca, C3000012 .303
Mike Lowell, 3B3210102 .235
Alex Gonzalez, SS4222000 .272
Jason Vargas, P4012022 .267
Totals3371173714 
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (34, Schmoll), Carlos Delgado (30, Lowe), Alex Gonzalez 2 (28, Lowe, Lowe)
3B - Juan Pierre (12, Schmoll)
SH - Paul Lo Duca (4)
RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (34), Carlos Delgado (83), Alex Gonzalez 2 (44), Jason Vargas 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (15)
CS - Juan Pierre (14, 2nd base by Lowe/Phillips)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Miguel Cabrera 1
Florida Marlins
Jason Vargas (W,4-1) 9611170 2.43
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 117-79
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 4-15
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 33
Game Information
Attendance - 26211
Game Time - 2:21
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Angel A. Hernandez, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Tom Hallion