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Marlins win sixth straight by defeating Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- With their manager's future in doubt, the Florida Marlins keep winning.

Joe Girardi's overachieving young team won its sixth game in a row Saturday, climbing within four games of .500 for the first time since April by beating Milwaukee 7-2.

The surge comes as a feud festers between Girardi and owner Jeffrey Loria. Dontrelle Willis pitched seven innings, and Miguel Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez drove in two runs apiece to help Florida pull within four games of NL wild-card leader Cincinnati.

Before the latest victory, Loria declined to endorse the job Girardi has done in his first year as manager. There has been speculation Girardi won't return next season because of the rift, which became public three weeks ago.

"We'll sit down at the end of the season and figure out what we're going to do," Loria said.

The late-season soap opera is starting to attract attention: The crowd of 30,017 was Florida's fourth-largest of the year.

Fans had plenty to cheer about early. The first three batters scored against Doug Davis (9-8), and by the fourth inning the Marlins led 7-1.

Cabrera doubled home two runs in the first to tie the team record for RBI in a month with 30. Mike Jacobs hit his 17th home run.

Willis (9-10) limited Milwaukee to seven hits and two runs, giving him back-to-back victories for only the second time this season.

Davis allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings, hiking his road ERA to 6.46. The Brewers fell to 23-41 on the road.

Ramirez led off Florida's first with a double, Dan Uggla walked and Cabrera doubled for a 2-0 lead. Cody Ross' two-out single scored Cabrera.

Jacobs slapped his helmet in frustration when he barely missed a double in the third, pulling a ball that landed just outside the right-field foul line. He homered on the next pitch to make it 5-0.

Ramirez drove in runs with a sacrifice fly and a groundout. Uggla's run-scoring double in the fourth ended Davis' outing.

Milwaukee scored on sacrifice flies by Kevin Mench and Jeff Cirillo.

Notes

  • Milwaukee's David Bell was ejected after arguing a called third strike in the ninth inning.
  • The last time the Marlins were within four games of .500 was at 3-7.
  • University of Miami Family Night gave attendance a boost, generating season high group sales of 11,200.
  • Milwaukee RHP Derrick Turnbow, demoted last month from the closer's role, walked two, threw two wild pitches and hit a batter in 1 1/3 innings. Turnbow also batted for the first time this season in the fifth inning and struck out.
 
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Florida's Dontrelle Willis strikes out seven in seven  innings to pick up his ninth win.  (AP)
Florida's Dontrelle Willis strikes out seven in seven innings to pick up his ninth win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Milwaukee

J. Cirillo
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4120000 .273
Jeff Cirillo, 1B3021011 .333
Tony Graffanino, 2B3110103 .282
Bill Hall, SS4010022 .271
Kevin Mench, LF2001001 .276
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
   a- Prince Fielder, PH1000012 .280
    Geremi Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Corey Hart, RF-LF4020011 .276
David Bell, 3B-DH4010023 .269
Mike Rivera, C4000002 .300
Doug Davis, P1000000 .058
    Derrick Turnbow, P1000010 .000
    Geoff Jenkins, RF2000012 .249
Totals332921917 
a-struck out for Helling in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brady Clark (12, Willis), Corey Hart (5, Messenger)
3B - Brady Clark (2, Willis)
SF - Jeff Cirillo (1), Kevin Mench (4)
RBI - Jeff Cirillo (19), Kevin Mench (63)
CS - Corey Hart (5, 2nd base by Willis/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kevin Mench 1
E - Brady Clark (5, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Doug Davis (L,9-8) 3.2877231 5.17
Derrick Turnbow 1.1000210 5.98
Rick Helling 2000120 3.98
Geremi Gonzalez 1000010 4.53
HBP - Cabrera (by Derrick Turnbow)
WP - Derrick Turnbow 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 85-48, Derrick Turnbow 30-17, Rick Helling 32-20, Geremi Gonzalez 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 6-1, Derrick Turnbow 1-2, Rick Helling 2-2
Batters Faced - Doug Davis 20, Derrick Turnbow 7, Rick Helling 7, Geremi Gonzalez 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4212000 .275
Dan Uggla, 2B3111111 .291
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3112010 .341
Josh Willingham, LF4000013 .265
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
Mike Jacobs, 1B3111111 .271
    Alfredo Amezaga, PR-CF0000000 .266
Cody Ross, CF-LF3011111 .233
Jeremy Hermida, RF3210111 .259
Matt Treanor, C3020110 .219
Dontrelle Willis, P2000003 .102
    Wes Helms, 1B1000000 .288
Totals297875710 
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (29, Davis), Dan Uggla (23, Davis), Miguel Cabrera (44, Davis), Jeremy Hermida (19, Davis)
HR - Mike Jacobs (17, Davis)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (1)
SH - Dontrelle Willis (4)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (42), Dan Uggla (72), Miguel Cabrera 2 (96), Mike Jacobs (65), Cody Ross (32)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (25), Mike Jacobs (29), Cody Ross (16)
SB - Alfredo Amezaga (12, 2nd base off Helling/Rivera)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Jeremy Hermida (8, )
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (W,9-10) 7722170 4.01
Matt Herges 1100010 3.59
Randy Messenger 1100010 5.74
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 112-72, Matt Herges 11-11, Randy Messenger 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 4-8, Randy Messenger 1-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 27, Matt Herges 5, Randy Messenger 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30017
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Larry Vanover