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D-Backs' new addition no match for Marlins rookie

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PHOENIX -- Rookie Josh Johnson followed the worst outing of his young career with his best, and spoiled the Arizona debut of Livan Hernandez in the process.

Johnson allowed two hits in seven shutout innings and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double to help the Florida Marlins beat the Diamondbacks 4-1 Friday night.

Johnson (10-6) struck out six and walked three to become the fourth Florida rookie, and second this season, to win at least 10 games in a season. Ricky Nolasco, who starts against Arizona on Sunday, is 10-7.

"This was probably the best I've felt all year," Johnson said. "I felt powerful. I felt like I could stand back on the rubber and it was downhill."

The 22-year-old right-hander allowed five runs and eight hits in three innings in a 10-2 loss to the Dodgers last Saturday.

"It's just kind of what our young players have done," manager Joe Girardi said. "When they have a tough game, they bounce back. That's a good sign. That's a sign they're maturing and they're not making too much of one day, one outing, a couple of days, a couple of losses."

Hernandez (9-9), acquired this week in a trade with Washington to shore up the Diamondbacks' shaky rotation, allowed four runs and 10 hits in a season-high eight innings.

"I felt good," he said. "I made a mistake with Cabrera. I tried to throw the fastball up and he jumped at it. That was the ballgame right there. I think that was the only mistake I made."

Hernandez had won three straight starts for the Nationals before coming to Arizona.

"When you don't give him much run support, it makes it a little more difficult," Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said. "But boy he was throwing the ball where he wanted to and was economical with his pitches. Really the one hit that hurt him was Cabrera, and that was just good hitting."

Damion Easley broke up the shutout with a pinch-hit home run off Marlins reliever Taylor Tankersley in the eighth.

Joe Borowski pitched a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 28 opportunities.

Johnson's ERA fell to 2.69, which moves him ahead of Arizona's Brandon Webb (2.74) for best ERA in the National League.

"Ten wins in the big leagues my first year, I'll take that anytime," Johnson said.

The only hits he allowed were singles by Johnny Estrada in the second and Stephen Drew in the third.

"The ball just kind of jumps on you, and he had a good slider he was throwing down and in to the lefties, a good changeup at times," Melvin said. "Really, we hadn't been stifled like that for a while."

All of Florida's runs came with two outs.

"You've got to give them credit, but the bottom line is we didn't come ready to play tonight," Arizona's Eric Byrnes said. "We hadn't seen him before and he's got good stuff, but this is the major leagues and I don't think we really showed up tonight. It seemed like we were going through the motions a little bit, and I'm definitely at fault."

Hernandez retired the first seven batters, then gave up a single to Reggie Abercrombie. He advanced to second on Johnson's sacrifice bunt, then scored on Hanley Ramirez's bloop single to center.

Josh Willingham doubled in Dan Uggla in the sixth to make it 2-0. Uggla had led off the inning with a single to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

Cabrera doubled in Johnson and Ramirez in the seventh to make it 4-0.

Notes

  • The other Florida rookies to win 10 games were Dontrelle Willis in 2003 and Brian Meadows in 1998.
  • Webb (12-4) makes his first start since July 31 on Saturday night. He sat out a turn in the rotation with a sore right shoulder.
  • Orlando Hudson went 0-for-4 to snap a 10-game hitting streak.
  • Arizona 1B Conor Jackson has not played since being hit in the forearm by a pitch Monday night against San Francisco.
  • Johnson's victory was the 36th by a Marlins rookie, most in the majors this season.
  • The game lasted 2 hours, 12 minutes.
 
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Livan Hernandez lasts eight innings for Arizona, but a two-run double by Miguel Cabrera is costly.  (AP)
Livan Hernandez lasts eight innings for Arizona, but a two-run double by Miguel Cabrera is costly. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Johnson
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 6
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5121001
Dan Uggla, 2B5110003
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4022000
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000023
    Wes Helms, 1B0000000
Josh Willingham, LF4011011
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000
    Joe Borowski, P0000000
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000111
Miguel Olivo, C4020002
Reggie Abercrombie, CF4110002
Josh Johnson, P2110001
    Cody Ross, LF1000000
Totals3641041414 
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera 2 (, Hernandez, Hernandez), Josh Willingham (, Hernandez)
SH - Josh Johnson ()
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (), Miguel Cabrera 2 (), Josh Willingham ()
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (), Miguel Cabrera 2 (), Josh Willingham ()
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,-) 7200360
Taylor Tankersley 1111011
Joe Borowski (S,) 1000010
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 102-62, Taylor Tankersley 17-11, Joe Borowski 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 7-7, Taylor Tankersley 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 25, Taylor Tankersley 4, Joe Borowski 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Eric Byrnes, CF4000012
Orlando Hudson, 2B4000011
Luis Gonzalez, LF2000210
Chad Tracy, 3B4000001
Johnny Estrada, C4010011
Shawn Green, 1B3000032
Carlos Quentin, RF2000101
Stephen Drew, SS3010011
Livan Hernandez, P0000000
   a- Damion Easley, PH1111000
    Brandon Medders, P0000000
Totals27131389 
a-homered for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
HR - Damion Easley (, Tankersley)
SH - Livan Hernandez 2 ()
RBI - Damion Easley ()
Team LOB - 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Livan Hernandez (L,-) 81044140
Brandon Medders 1000000
WP - Livan Hernandez ()
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 95-65, Brandon Medders 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-12
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 35, Brandon Medders 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21950
Game Time - 2:12
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Paul Schrieber